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One of the Dorset Coast's most beloved beach destinations, Bournemouth is fairly compact, and the majority of its attractions are clustered near the shore. There are hotels, inns, and guest houses on almost every corner, all within an easy walk of Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth Beach, and the lovely Lower and Central Gardens. Boscombe is a great alternative to central Bournemouth, especially for fans of soccer (A.F.C Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium is here) and live music (O2 Academy also calls the neighborhood home). If you're traveling with kids, the suburb of Southbourne is a relaxing spot with easy beach access, though you'll be without the long list of restaurants and activities nearby.
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Take our word for it: Bournemouth and the Dorset Coast can be magical in the winter. And it remains a seaside getaway, even when the days grow cold, dark, and frequently rainy. You won’t get in the ocean, but you can gaze over the shoreline, stroll by the waters, or even soar over the waves.

If you’re fearless in the face of icy temperatures, blustery winds, and suspended heights, try Bournemouth Pier’s pier-to-shore zipline where you soar above the crashing waves before landing safely.

Get in the holiday spirit during Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland. Stroll right through the town’s towering tree in a tunnel of lights, speed past in a sleigh, or glide by on ice skates. It goes from mid-November to early January.

This city is a destination for music lovers, and two excellent venues offering year-round events—Bournemouth International Centre and the Pavilion Theatre—keep things going with live entertainment all winter.

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Spring is a great time of year to visit, as the string of parks that run along the River Bourne launch into full bloom. While you’ll find some crowds—especially during the spring half-term break—you’ll also get relatively dry skies and warmer temps.

Get your flower fix at Lower Gardens and Central Gardens, separated by a busy public plaza locals just call “The Square.” The Rhododendron Walk is particularly scenic, lined with white, pink, and purple blooms.

If you’re feeling brave, take a brisk walk to Old Harry Rocks—three chalk-cliff formations that sit just offshore from the South West Coastal Path.

For a more laid-back way to take in the scenery, cyclists can hire a bike and set out on the Bourne Valley Greenway, which begins near the ocean, meanders through the center of town, then heads out into the countryside.

Jun - Aug
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Busloads, carloads, and trainloads of Brits head to Bournemouth every summer, when a carnival-like atmosphere takes over. You’ll pay a premium for hotel rooms when the city’s capacity is pushed to the limit, but the tradeoff is that there’s a long list of summertime activities that don’t cost a penny.

Besides all the obvious beachy activities, Bournemouth is a great place to try water sports like surfing, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Join the swirl of activity around Bournemouth Pier, where kid-friendly rides will put smiles on everyone’s faces all summer long.

Head to The Square for Bournemouth’s Summer Live festivities, including local food, live music, and family-friendly events.

If you’re up for a day trip, the Jurassic Coast is just west of town and a pretty incredible sight to see. Along with the occasional fossil, you’ll find huge coastal cliffs and rolling moorland hills.

Sep - Nov
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Many locals nominate fall as Bournemouth’s most beloved season thanks to its relatively warm temperatures all the way into October. (And when you add all the foliage to the mix, it’s kinda hard to argue.)

Fall colors run riot at New Forest National Park, so this is the perfect time to wander its woodland trails. In mid-September, you may spot local pigs foraging for the acorns that drop from the oak and beech trees.

Bournemouth Arts By the Sea takes over town at the beginning of October. Dazzling light installations and more than 100 performances around the city keeps things lively well into the fall.

When the days are wet (as is typical this time of year), head indoors for a dose of culture. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, with its collection of sculptures and paintings depicting elegant Victorian style, can keep history buffs busy for hours.

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Where to stay

  • Boscombe East
    The entertainment hub of Boscombe sits just east of central Bournemouth. The O2 Academy hosts awesome live music, and A.F.C Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium is a must for sports fans. But note that the area’s hotels are packed during home matches and concerts. Central Bournemouth is just a five-minute drive away. 
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  • East Southbourne
    Bournemouth at its most chill, the largely residential area of Southbourne has small hotels and a relatively calm stretch of beach that make it perfect for families. The action—what there is of it—centres on Southbourne Grove, where you’ll find pubs, restaurants, cafes, and shops.
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  • Poole
    If you’re after small-town vibes, Poole is a solid alternative to Bournemouth. It has pretty beaches and plenty of water sports in Poole Harbour. Hotels range from beautiful boutique lodgings to no-frills inns, and central Bournemouth is a 15-minute drive away.
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  • Christchurch
    A city in its own right, Christchurch is a 15-minute drive from Bournemouth, but the vibe is entirely different. Things here are far calmer, giving Christchurch a coastal-village feel. Beach lovers could consider Mudeford, near Avon Beach.
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Hotels near the sights

  • Westbourne
    The place to shop in Bournemouth, Westbourne Urban Village has lots of charming boutiques, along with plenty of cute cafes and restaurants for when you need a shopping break (or an afternoon tea). There are a handful of independent guest houses nearby, and the beach is a 15-minute walk downhill.
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  • Bournemouth Beach
    The hectic summer season centres around Bournemouth’s namesake beach. Hotels nearby charge some of the steepest rates in the area, and they’re generally simple affairs, but everything from pubs and restaurants to all the top attractions are at your doorstep.
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  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Smack in the heart of Bournemouth, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is within walking distance of everything in central Bournemouth. There are hotels of all stripes in every direction, putting far more than the museum’s collection within easy reach.
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  • Hengistbury Head Beach
    With its dramatic white cliffs, the walking trails of Hengistbury Head are a beautiful counterpoint to bustling central Bournemouth. There are no hotels inside the park, but there are plenty of independent options in nearby Mudeford. You’ll have to drive to reach any pubs or dining options of note.
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  • Old Harry Rocks
    The staggering peaks of Old Harry Rocks are a sight to behold. Staying nearby puts you 30 minutes by car from Bournemouth, but you’re in luck if you’re looking for peace and quiet. Quaint Studland is the gateway to this part of the Jurassic Coast, and you’ll find a handful of inns there. 
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bournemouth hotels

Hotel Miramar, Park Central Hotel, and Marsham Court Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Bournemouth Beach. See the full list: Hotels near Bournemouth Beach.

Popular hotels close to Oceanarium include Park Central Hotel, Hotel Collingwood, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, and Marsham Court Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Oceanarium.

Popular hotels close to Bournebouth Intl Airport include The Kings Arms Hotel, The Green House, and The Orchid Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Bournebouth Intl Airport.

A few of the most popular hotels near Hengistbury Head Beach are Harbour Hotel Christchurch, The Kings Arms Hotel, and Captain's Club Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Hengistbury Head Beach.

Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in Bournemouth are Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, Hotel Collingwood, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, and The Cumberland Hotel. See the full list: Pet Friendly Hotels in Bournemouth.

Popular cheap hotels in Bournemouth include Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, The Orchid Hotel, and The Nici. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Bournemouth.

The Cumberland Hotel, Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel & Spa, and The Connaught Lodge have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Bournemouth. See the full list: Spa Hotels in Bournemouth.

The Green House, Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, and Hotel Miramar all received great reviews from families travelling in Bournemouth. See the full list: Family Hotels Bournemouth.

Popular hotels by the beach in Bournemouth include Hotel Miramar, Park Central Hotel, and Marsham Court Hotel. See the full list: Bournemouth Beach Hotels.

The Green House, Hotel Miramar, and Langtry Manor Hotel received great reviews from travellers looking for a romantic hotel in Bournemouth. See the full list: Romantic Hotels in Bournemouth.

Some of the most popular hotels with a pool in Bournemouth include Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, The Nici, and Hotel Collingwood, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western. See the full list: Hotels with a Pool in Bournemouth.