Bournemouth is a large seaside resort on the south coast in Dorset, sitting between Poole and Christchurch to the west and east respectively. The town centre is large and just away from the seafront with wide selection of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants.

Bournemouth's coastline stretches for just over 11km (7 miles) from Poole Sandbanks to Christchurch Harbour and comprises of golden sandy beaches backed by cliffs. These cliffs are divided by a number of chines which provide natural access to the shore.

August is always busy with the annual Bournemouth Air Festival providing spectacular air displays and evening entertainment.


Why not check beaches nearby as we have 8 beaches around Bournemouth, 56 beaches in Dorset, or have a look at our list of Dorset dog friendly beaches, or even our United Kingdom Blue Flag beach list.

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Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, places to stay and eat:

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    Russel Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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    Bournemouth Pier

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    Bournemouth Eye Ballon

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    The Moon in the Square Pub

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    Surfsteps Surf School

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    Bournemouth Pier Beach

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    Durley Chine Beach

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    Manor Steps Beach

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    Sorted Surf School

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    Boscombe Pier Beach

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    Fishermans Walk Beach

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    Bournemouth East Cliff Beach

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