Bournemouth Town in Dorset
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.
The nearest source of local information is available from Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre.
Events near Bournemouth
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: