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If you only have 24 hours to give to this lovely beach town, then allow me to help you make the most of it. Sandy beaches, great shopping, a rich cultural heritage, beautiful wild areas and a huge range of international cuisine makes Bournemouth one of the most exciting places to visit in South England.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

City Sightseeing Bournemouth

City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours

Hengistbury Head Beach

Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Oceanarium

Aquariums, Zoos

Surf Steps

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Lower Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Bournemouth Beach

Beaches

Edge Restaurant

Restaurants

Bournemouth International Centre

Conference & Convention Centers

Smokin' Aces

Bars & Clubs

LovePuffin's City Tips

  • Whilst in Bournemouth you must try some locally caught seafood.
  • Bournemouth is a university city, so almost every night of the week is party night somewhere!
  • The beach gets very busy during the summer, but walking for around 10 minutes in either direction will bring you to a quieter stretch of sand to relax on.
  • City Sightseeing Bournemouth
    City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours
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    LovePuffin Says:

    A convenient way to get around town, as you can hop on and off as much as you like, or just stay on for the full 50 minute ride. Learn about Bournemouth's history and places of interest on the audio tour, and get your fill of sunshine on the open top (providing you're blessed with a sunny day).

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The next couple of stops are on this route.
    • For solo travellers, the price of a bus ticket is cheaper than getting a taxi to and from our next stop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 Tours in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could be better 09/02/2018
    • An interesting journey 08/26/2018
    • City Sightseeing Bournemouth
    Phone:
    +44 1202 557007
    Price range:
    $21 - $21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hengistbury Head Beach
    Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    LovePuffin Says:

    Home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the world, Hengistbury Head is known locally as being an immeasurably beautiful headland, with soft sandy beaches backed by cliffs and some of the most beautiful wild land in the county.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk around the headland (1 hour) and spot rare birdlife as you go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Views 10/14/2018
    • LOVE THIS PLACE 10/08/2018
    • Hengistbury Head Beach
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    LovePuffin Says:

    A grade II listed art gallery and museum on Bournemouth's East Cliff delves into the travels of a couple who explored the world at the turn of the 20th Century. Filled with exotic artifacts of the time, this is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Meet the Author 10/14/2018
    • Cafe, gardens & shop excellent - not really spent time in other areas but I will soon. Helpful friendly staff. 10/14/2018
    • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Address:
    Promenade East Cliff
    Bournemouth BH1 3AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1202 451858
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Oceanarium
    Aquariums, Zoos
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    LovePuffin Says:

    The Oceanarium is small but perfectly formed. A wide range of sea creatures are on display, including crocodiles, turtles and penguins, and it's an especially good experience for families.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Save up to 25% if you book online in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    • Enjoyable! 10/15/2018
    • Better than expected 10/10/2018
    • Oceanarium
    Phone:
    +44 1202 311993
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Surf Steps
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    LovePuffin Says:

    Probably best enjoyed on a warm, sunny day but just as fun when the sea's a little rougher, Surf Steps makes it easy to learn to surf. Take a surf lesson with all equipment including wet suits and boards, or if you're an experienced surfer simply rent a board.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book ahead for lessons.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect introduction to surfing 08/29/2018
    • Great instructor and location... 08/27/2018
    • Surf Steps
    Address:
    Undercliff Drive
    Toft Steps, Boscombe Beach,
    Bournemouth BH5 1BN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 7733 895538
    Price range:
    $43 - $43
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lower Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    LovePuffin Says:

    After the adrenaline rush of surfing the waves, you'll want something a little more calm, and what could be better than a stroll through Bournemouth's prettiest garden? Don't miss the chance to ride the Bournemouth Balloon, a hot air balloon which takes you straight up in the air for a bird's eye view of the town.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Bournemouth Balloon is weather-dependent so won't be open in rainy or windy weather.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk 10/15/2018
    • Lovely peaceful spot 10/14/2018
    • Lower Gardens
    Address:
    Exeter Crescent and Gervis Place
    Bournemouth
    England
    Other:
  • Bournemouth Beach
    Beaches
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    LovePuffin Says:

    You will have seen this golden stretch all day, but be sure to find a spot and settle down for some relaxation time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The beach gets very crowded on sunny days, especially on weekends and public holidays, but if you walk 10 minutes in either direction you should be able to find a quieter spot.
    • You can visit Bournemouth Pier for just £1 for great views back over the beach and over to the Isle of Wight.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very cjean and traditional 10/15/2018
    • Lovely beach. 10/15/2018
    • Bournemouth Beach
  • Edge Restaurant
    Restaurants (European)
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    LovePuffin Says:

    As the sun sets, take a walk down the beach to Edge, which is my favourite place for a few sundowner cocktails. They also have an extensive menu for dinner, with a range of gorgeous fresh seafood dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Oysters and champagne cocktails go down a treat together!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Dinner 01/01/2017
    • Closed 11/23/2016
    • Edge Restaurant
    Address:
    4th Floor
    Alum Chine
    Bournemouth BH4 8JA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1202 757007
  • Bournemouth International Centre
    Conference & Convention Centers
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    LovePuffin Says:

    THE entertainment epicentre of Bournemouth, the BIC hosts regular events from exhibitions and conferences to plays and musicals and even concerts from international superstars!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check bic.co.uk for full listings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 42 things to do in Bournemouth
    • Great venue 09/28/2018
    • Kylie Minogue Concert 09/24/2018
    • Bournemouth International Centre
    Address:
    Exeter Road
    Bournemouth BH2 5BH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1202 055555
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Smokin' Aces
    Bars & Clubs
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    LovePuffin Says:

    A tiny little bar with a huge amount of character, Smokin' Aces is my favourite place for a drink in town. Just tell the bar staff what you like to drink and they will make something up especially for you.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Friday and Saturday nights are always busy so get here before 10pm if you can.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 57 Nightlife in Bournemouth
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Blistering Bourbons! 08/21/2018
    • Great venue 08/18/2018
    • Smokin' Aces
    Address:
    103 Commercial Road
    Bournemouth BH2 5RT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 7886 953733
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Mon - Thu
    5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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