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Bournemouth Town in Dorset

Photograph of Bournemouth

Location

Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in east Dorset. With a population in excess of 170,000, Bournemouth is the largest settlement in Dorset.

The town applied for city status in 2012 to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee but was unsuccessful, losing out to Chelmsford, Essex.

The settlement that was to become Bournemouth was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell. Lewis and his wife visited the hamlet of Bourne during a holiday which they found so pleasing that they bought land, to build a house. This started the growth of what we know today as Bournemouth. Bournemouth expanded rapidly after the arrival of the railway. It was a recognised resort town in 1870 and was formerly part of the county of Hampshire. It joined Dorset in the local government reorganisation of 1974. Since 1997 the town has been administered by a unitary authority, meaning that it has autonomy from Dorset County Council.

The coastal location of Bournemouth on England's south coast has made it a popular destination for tourists ever since. The town is now a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre and financial companies that include Liverpool Victoria and PruHealth.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Bournemouth

Sat, 24 - Sun, 25 Feb (ca. 7 km)

Lighthouse Holistic Festival: Dorset's Health and Well-Being Show

Sat, 17 Mar (ca. 7 km)

Preparing for Spring with Neil Lucas

Sat, 24 Mar (ca. 7 km)

Willow Workshop - Plant climbers with Tracy Standish

Sat, 31 (ca. 7 km)

Bugs and Buds

Thu, 26 Apr (ca. 7 km)

Bat walk with Jan Freeborn

Sat, 28 Apr (ca. 7 km)

Bugs and Buds

Sat, 28 Apr (ca. 7 km)

Music in the Garden with Gerauschhersteller

Fri, 4 May (ca. 7 km)

Knoll Gardens Foundation Volunteer Recruitment Open Day

Sat, 26 May (ca. 7 km)

Bugs and Buds

Fri, 1 Jun (ca. 7 km)

We value our Volunteers

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Dining out near Bournemouth

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Ciao Restaurant, Bournemouth

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Tapas Plus, Bournemouth

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Ask, Bournemouth, Bournemouth

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Korean Grill, Bournemouth

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Kayla Brasserie, Bournemouth

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The Coffee Club, Bournemouth

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Nando, Bournemouth

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Mak's Garden, Poole

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Nando, Poole

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L'Assiette, Bournemouth

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Ferndown and Poole.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowWimborne

arrowPoole

arrowChristchurch

arrowWareham

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowBournemouth

	arrowChristchurch

	arrowWimborne

	arrowPoole

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Christchurch, Wimborne, Poole and Swanage.

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