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Plenty To See And Do

When you think of a UK holiday by the beach, you probably picture a town just like Bournemouth, where you can relax on the sandy shore, surf on a beautiful reef and enjoy a festival atmosphere at any time of the year.

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Bournemouth’s popularity isn’t just a result of its award-winning beaches – it’s also got some of the UK’s best attractions, shops and restaurants as well as a packed calendar of events to draw in the crowds.

Bournemouth’s seven miles of beach are just the beginning. The town is also home to one of only four artificial reefs on the planet, built to enhance the surfing conditions. Bournemouth’s Pride Festival attracts thousands of tourists every year, and its bars and night clubs cater to people on holidays and short breaks as well as the town’s student population.

Bournemouth has it all, from pretty parks to interesting museums. You can visit the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, or take a boat trip over to Brownsea Island to search for rare red squirrels. Other things to do include visits to ‘Go Ape!’ at  nearby Moors Valley, and rides on the Bournemouth Cliff Lifts which offer easy travel between the cliff tops and the beach, accompanied by spectacular views.

If you’re looking for an active holiday, then you can fill your visit to Bournemouth with water sports, outdoor activities and long walks along Dorset coastal paths.

On the other hand, if you’d prefer to relax and unwind you’ll find no better place to enjoy afternoon tea than the world-famous Betty's Tea Room, followed by an ice cream by the sea.

Enjoy a typical seaside holiday as you play in the arcades, and then struggle back to the Savoy Hotel with an over-sized teddy bear. Savour those seaside sweets sold from stalls and stands on the sea front, and take home some novelty souvenirs or a Bournemouth postcard.

Alternatively, simply savour time spent wandering through the surrounding picture-postcard countryside accompanied only by the songs of the birds.

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Boscombe Pier

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Ringwood hosts a weekly old-fashioned market which remains popular with both tourists and locals, and is also home to the Ringwood Brewery which is open for tours.

Boscome Arts Trail

This unique attraction starts in the shopping district of Boscome and finishes at the Boscome Pier. Along the way you will discover seven rare art pieces.


Beaulieu is a top attraction and has something for everybody, from the Motor Museum and 'World of Top Gear' to the Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. You can also make your way round on the Beaulieu Monorail.

Brownsea Island

Famous for its red squirrel population and its stunning natural scenery, Brownsea Island is a top attraction for adventurers of all ages.

Calm waters lap against pebble beaches, and further inland you’ll find grassy fields and sheltered woodland. Managed by the National Trust, the island is accessed by ferry and has various refreshment outlets including a café and coffee bar as well as a gift shop, a second-hand book shop and the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre.

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Corfe Castle

The majestic ruins of Corfe Castle occupy a breathtakingly beautiful location by the Purbeck Hills, where you can see field and forest for miles around.

Visitors can explore the ruins themselves, and the surrounding area where a wildlife walk details the birds and animals that you’re likely to see on your travels. A National Trust property, Corfe Castle includes tea rooms with views of the surrounding area, and well-stocked shops selling souvenirs, gifts and outdoor equipment.

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is an elegant mansion set in beautiful grounds including parkland and formal landscaped gardens.

Elaborate carvings and historic artifacts can be viewed within the house, along with paintings by famous artists. The house has an Egyptian Room that houses the UK’s largest private collection of Egyptian artifacts, and outside you’ll find extensive lawns and a Japanese garden complete with an authentic tea house. This National Trust house also includes an on-site restaurant, waymarked trails and spaces in which you can enjoy fishing, geo-caching and picnicking.

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White Mill

This National Trust managed corn mill, still fitted with original wooden machinery, stands on a site that was marked in the 1086 Domesday Book.

The mill was rebuilt in 1776, and went through extensive repair in 1994. Located next to the River Stour, the White Mill has is an interesting attraction to visit for an hour or two. 

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Described by Alan Titchmarsh as
‘one of the finest gardens I’ve ever visited’

Covering 20 acres and filled with exotic and rare plants from every corner of the globe, the gardens were first established in 1765 by the Countess of Ilchester, and have been developing and changing ever since. Enjoy al fresco dining at the Colonial Restaurant, in amongst the colourful tropical plants and native birds, or visit the gift shop and garden centre where you can buy handcrafted items, plants and garden accessories.

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Compton Acres

This 10-acre formal garden features five distinct areas; an Italian Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Wooded Valley, a Rock and Water Garden and a Heather Garden.

It was built in 1929, and the on-site tea rooms and plant centre are just as popular as the gardens themselves.  Open for a majority of the year, and with free entry to RHS members, the garden also houses the Italian Villa which is a stunning venue for weddings and corporate events.

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Kingston Maurward Gardens

A top attraction for all ages, the Kingston Maurward Gardens include an on-site animal park, home to a wide variety of farm and domestic animals.

More than 30,000 people visit Kingston Maurward every year to view the Grade II listed gardens, tended with the help of students from Kingston Maurward College. Sights to see include a lake with lakeside temple, tree trails and the walled garden, as well as the croquet lawn and the Temple of the Four Winds.

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