Bournemouth

Famous for its stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles, Bournemouth is a seaside resort that caters to every demand. Ride the waves in Dorset's surfing capital, Boscombe or rub shoulders with the super-rich in Poole - you can do it all here. But if you want to just laze on the beach, that’s fine too.

Best Western offers superb hotel choices – all within easy reach of the best of Bournemouth’s fabulous beaches and attractions. Whatever your price range, we have an option to suit - so book early to ensure a stay in your ideal choice of accommodation.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Things to do in Bournemouth

  • The beach - Make a beeline for Bournemouth’s award-winning 7-mile stretch of sandy beach. It features two piers, along with a lengthy promenade backed by 3000 deckchairs, ornamental gardens, playgrounds and cafes.
  • Bournemouth Balloon – Appreciate the charming seaside town from the air by hopping aboard the gondola of a hot-air balloon. Enjoy the magnificent view out to sea, along with the rugged grandeur of the nearby Jurassic Coast.
  • Surfing – It may be that you’re able to catch a wave with the best of them. Or perhaps the closest you’ve come to surfing is listening to a Beach Boys song. Whatever your ability, Bournemouth Surf School will help you make the most of the local wave-riding possibilities.

Shopping in Bournemouth

Shopping in Bournemouth

If you need a break from the beach, Bournemouth offers plenty of opportunities for a little retail therapy. From independent boutiques to designer brands to the high street favourites – there’s enough variety to please everybody.

  • Bournemouth town centre – A pedestrianised high street with a delightful mix of department stores, brand name stores, high street fashion stores and intriguing independent stores.
  • Boscombe Market – An open air market with a range of stalls selling everything from fresh food to jewellery.
  • Vintage quarter – If you prefer something pre-loved, head to Christchurch Road in Pokesdown for a range of retro boutiques, quirky cafes and individual book shops. 

Eating and drinking in Bournemouth

Eating and drinking in Bournemouth

Like any English seaside town, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the dining is confined to fish & chips and candy floss. But Bournemouth and Poole offer a wide variety of eateries.

  • West Beach or The Crab – As you might expect from a coastal town, Bournemouth is particularly adept at seafood cuisine. Both these restaurants are highly acclaimed and serve up all manner of the ocean’s bounty, along with plenty of options from dry land too.
  • Sixty Million Postcards – Taking its cue from an American diner, this quirky venue is the place to go if you have a taste for designer burgers.
  • Aruba Bar – A dining experience in a tropical-style bar by day, which transforms into a happening nightspot when the sun goes down.

Culture and nightlife in Bournemouth

Culture and nightlife in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is excellently located for Dorset’s natural attractions – like the New Forest Nature Reserve, Lulworth Cove or a boat trip to nearby Brownsea Island. But there’s plenty to do when the sun sets too.

  • The 02 Academy – See what’s on here for all manner of rock and pop acts – from the up-and-coming to big name draws.
  • Champions – If you want to see what the local talent has to offer, a good mix of bands – ranging from folk to electronica – strut their stuff here.
  • Pavilion Theatre – Laugh along with household name comedians; sing along to top pop performers or a musical.

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