About Nick E
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2013
50-64 year old male
I am a professional travel writer and have always preferred independent budget travel, making use of public transport and discovering the local way of life wherever I go. I have been to nearly fifty countries but my "holy triangle" is my native London, Greece and India. I lived in Athens for almost a decade and still visit Greece regularly. I was also based in Pittsburgh for nine years and return to that most underrated city when I get a chance. My total time spent in ever-fascinating India is now over four years and it is always a joy to return. I still cover large parts of Greece, India and the USA for the Rough Guides and occasionally get to go on a busman's holiday to somewhere new.
Historic Sites, Art Museums
Churches & Cathedrals
Piers & Boardwalks
Bodies of Water
Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums
Sacred & Religious Sites, Libraries
Located on the elegant East Cliff Promenade, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum contains one of the south coast's best collections of mainly Victorian art, furniture and memorabilia. The building itself is very stylish and the gardens a delight.
Perhaps best known as the burial place of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, St Peter's is an elegant Victorian church with an elongated spire that dominates much of the town centre. It is also the oldest church in its parish.
Spread over three floors, Westover Gallery is a cutting edge place that showcases works by local artists, as well as those from other parts of the UK and the world. All the items on display are for sale and consultations are available to discuss the suitability of works to your home living space.
The main beach at Bournemouth sits in the middle of the town's glorious seven mile strip of wide and unbroken sand that extends eastwards to Christchurch and westwards to Sandbanks.
Victorian Boscombe Pier is much quieter and less built up than Bournemouth's main pier, making it a great place for a quiet stroll along the boardwalk and even a spot of fishing.
Poole Harbour is a natural and extremely scenic area, which claims to be the largest natural harbour in England. Formed by the estuaries of four rivers, it contains a number of lush islands, home to various wildlife, especially seabirds.
Poole Museum occupies several historic buildings and now boasts a modern glass atrium entrance. It contains a wealth of historical objects, such as the Poole Log Boat, as well as informative displays on the town's seafaring past.
The ninety minute RNLI College Discovery Tour teaches you all you could possibly want to know about the history and work of the invaluable lifeboat service, with the help of original vessels and absorbing hi-tech displays.
Brownsea Island is a wonderfully lush escape in the middle of Poole Harbour, offering thick woodland, grassy meadows and attractive coastline. It is one of the few remaining habitats in Englnad of the endangered red squirrel.
Standing upon a grassy outcrop like a scene from a mythical movie, the atmospheric ruins of Corfe Castle date back over a thousand years. It is well worth the trip west of the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation to sap up the history and admire the splendid surrounding scenery.
Built on the site of a seventh century Saxon church, impressive Christchurch Priory boasts a massive vaulted ceiling that runs the length of what claims to be the longest parish church in England. Its fan-vaulted North Porch is also the largest in the country.
The Red House Museum, occupying an elegant Georgian mansion, displays a rich collection of historical artifacts and memorabilia. Its Bygones Gallery offers a disturbing insight into life in the workhouse, while the beautiful gardens provide peaceful respite.
Wimborne Minster has a history that stretches back 1300 years. Here is another of the superb places of worship to be found in the greater Bournemouth area. Most of its imposing buildings date from the twelfth century, although substantial restoration took place during Victorian times.
Kingston Lacy is the grandest country mansion in the Bournemouth area, dating from the seventeenth century. The huge house itself owns an extensive collection of impressive artwork and period furniture, displayed in the sometimes startlingly decorated rooms, while the ample grounds are beautifully landscaped.