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Bournemouth Attractions

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Bournemouth Town Hall

A stay in a Bournemouth hotel is about sandcastling with the kids, inhaling the pine scent from the acres of floral gardens or splashing in the blue coastal waters.

Historic Bournemouth

Bournemouth has been around only since the early 1800s but has accrued history by the barrel. Frankenstein author Mary Shelley is buried in St Peter’s Church; Robert Louis Stevenson dreamt up Jekyll and Hyde from his West Cliff house and Hardy sent Tess to Bournemouth-inspired Sandbourne with nasty Alec. Stroll down Invalids’ Walk lined with pine trees grown to shelter the seaward walk from the city’s first holiday villas.

Art and museums in Bournemouth

Head from your Bournemouth hotel to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum on East Cliff Parade, which is stuffed with oriental souvenirs collected by a globetrotting Victorian family. Twiddle some knobs at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum where you can virtually take off in a light aircraft.

Quirky things to do in Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Eye whisks you 500 feet above seven miles of Jurassic coastline in a hot-air balloon. Back on terra firma, the Oceanarium re-creates life along the Ganges River.

Events in Bournemouth

The free Bournemouth Air Festival in August, with displays from Kitty Hawks, Mustangs and Spitfires, attracts more than a million people to the beach. Bourne Free Pride Festival celebrates gay life each July with a parade, fireworks and a jazz night.

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Attractions in Bournemouth:

The Bournemouth Chines © The Dorset Cruise Company
Dorset Cruises

Opening times:
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)

Mompesson House, Salisbury. Courtesy of Salisbury District Council
Mompesson House

Opening times:
Sat-Wed 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

The Exbury Gardens steam railway, Exbury Gardens. Courtesy of Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Opening times:
Feb & Nov: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Mar-Oct: daily 10am-5pm Feb 2013; not Mon or Sun (various dates)

What's on in Bournemouth:

Fireworks. Photo by Claudia Fogg
Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

Dates Open:
29/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Dates Open:
01/03/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/03/2014 to 31/10/2014
01/11/2014 to 01/03/2015

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/04/2014 to 31/10/2014

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
04/10/2014 to 04/10/2014
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
15/11/2014 to 15/11/2014
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
18/10/2014 to 18/10/2014
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015

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