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Guidebook for Bournemouth

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Guidebook for Bournemouth

Food Scene
Original Koh Thai restaurant set up in Boscombe has now become a very popular chain offering a delicious Thai cuisine - only minutes walk from the flat.
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Koh Thai
487-489 Christchurch Rd
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Original Koh Thai restaurant set up in Boscombe has now become a very popular chain offering a delicious Thai cuisine - only minutes walk from the flat.
Good food, relaxed atmosphere and stunning view of the sea . A glass bar makes is an ideal place for the rainy day dining.
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Urban Reef - Seafront Restaurant in Bournemouth
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Good food, relaxed atmosphere and stunning view of the sea . A glass bar makes is an ideal place for the rainy day dining.
Fans of traditional Indian food will love Westbourne Tandoori situated in the uptown part of Bournemouth. Take the the M2 Bus from Boscome (app 30 min) and follow up with a walk down the Alum Chine to Westbourne beach and finish with a glass of wine in Italian restaurant Vesuvio and an 1 walk along the beach back to Boscome.
Westbourne Tandoori
42 Seamoor Rd
Fans of traditional Indian food will love Westbourne Tandoori situated in the uptown part of Bournemouth. Take the the M2 Bus from Boscome (app 30 min) and follow up with a walk down the Alum Chine to Westbourne beach and finish with a glass of wine in Italian restaurant Vesuvio and an 1 walk along the beach back to Boscome.
The most discerning funs of Spanish Taps will love Lola’s Restaurant with friendly atmosphere and amazing food situated in the Triangle area of Bournemouth.
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Lola's Spanish Tapas Restaurant
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The most discerning funs of Spanish Taps will love Lola’s Restaurant with friendly atmosphere and amazing food situated in the Triangle area of Bournemouth.
Located in Bournemouth town centre – The Stable is ideal for a quick lunch, it offers a great selection of pizzas and a variety of locally sourced ciders.
The Stable Pizza
7-10 Westover Rd
Located in Bournemouth town centre – The Stable is ideal for a quick lunch, it offers a great selection of pizzas and a variety of locally sourced ciders.
A part of a chain of microbreweries, this pub offers a selection of home brewed craft beers and delicious pub food.
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Brewhouse & Kitchen - Bournemouth (The Triangle)
152-154 Commercial Rd
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A part of a chain of microbreweries, this pub offers a selection of home brewed craft beers and delicious pub food.
With great locally sourced food, heated outside area and just 5 minute walk from the flat Urban Beach is a family run hotel restaurant is perfect for a dinner of a night-cup after a long day.
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Urban Beach - Boutique Hotel
23 Argyll Rd
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With great locally sourced food, heated outside area and just 5 minute walk from the flat Urban Beach is a family run hotel restaurant is perfect for a dinner of a night-cup after a long day.
For the fans of good ol' fashioned British food export - best in town!
Sunny's
469-471 Christchurch Rd
For the fans of good ol' fashioned British food export - best in town!
Lovely cakes and coffee - located in the centre a Bournemouth - a great shopping break!
Patisserie Valerie
Lovely cakes and coffee - located in the centre a Bournemouth - a great shopping break!
Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach!
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Reef Encounter
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Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach!
Bohemian décor and great food - ideal for early breakfast on the way to the beach!
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Cafe Boscanova
650 Christchurch Rd
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Bohemian décor and great food - ideal for early breakfast on the way to the beach!
A charming, family friendly café serving delicious food, situated between Boscombe & Pokesdown and just minutes from the beach.
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Little Pickle Deli Cafe Ltd
737 Christchurch Road
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A charming, family friendly café serving delicious food, situated between Boscombe & Pokesdown and just minutes from the beach.
Serving traditional British cuisine in a great location - call in for a reservation to book a table in the up-stairs library.
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The Larder House
4 Southbourne Grove
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Serving traditional British cuisine in a great location - call in for a reservation to book a table in the up-stairs library.
Drinks & Nightlife
Located only minutes away from the flat - this bohemian bar with live music is great for a nightcap. Open till late!
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Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar
529 Christchurch Road
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Located only minutes away from the flat - this bohemian bar with live music is great for a nightcap. Open till late!
Vibrant nightclub with great drinks and music.
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Smokin' Aces - Cocktail Bar & Whiskey Lounge
103 Commercial Road
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Vibrant nightclub with great drinks and music.
A traditional English pub serving a great selection of ales.
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The Goat and Tricycle
27-29 W Hill Rd
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A traditional English pub serving a great selection of ales.
Arts & Culture
Starting at Boscombe Gardens – turn right and walk up and along the cliff for a beautiful view of the sea and a short walk to Bournemouth’s one of the oldest building – a former private home of extensive travellers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built. The house and the new annexe display various items collected in the course of Sir Merton's foreign travels, especially to Japan, and paintings from his personal art collection.
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Russell Cotes Museum
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Starting at Boscombe Gardens – turn right and walk up and along the cliff for a beautiful view of the sea and a short walk to Bournemouth’s one of the oldest building – a former private home of extensive travellers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built. The house and the new annexe display various items collected in the course of Sir Merton's foreign travels, especially to Japan, and paintings from his personal art collection.
Parks & Nature
Starting at Boscombe Pier walk along the beach to Hengistbury Head - a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford. It is a site of international importance in terms of its archaeology and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument. Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990, the head and its surroundings form part of the Christchurch Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest. The 2 to 3 hour round walk with reward you with stunning views of Mudeford beach and Christchurch Harbour.
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Hengistbury Head
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Starting at Boscombe Pier walk along the beach to Hengistbury Head - a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford. It is a site of international importance in terms of its archaeology and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument. Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990, the head and its surroundings form part of the Christchurch Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest. The 2 to 3 hour round walk with reward you with stunning views of Mudeford beach and Christchurch Harbour.
The Central Gardens extend from the town centre to Coy Pond and were first developed in the 1870s. They are now the home of the tennis courts, a children’s playground and a war memorial with beautiful rose borders, a Rhododendron Walk and heather beds.
Central Gardens
The Central Gardens extend from the town centre to Coy Pond and were first developed in the 1870s. They are now the home of the tennis courts, a children’s playground and a war memorial with beautiful rose borders, a Rhododendron Walk and heather beds.
Just across the road from the flat - these gardens offer a lovely mix of scenery and activities with formal flower beds, large grassy areas for recreation, mini golf and a water-themed playground, basketball court as well as a table tennis table (borrow the paddles from the flat and have a go!). Walk through the gardens down to the beach and along the Boscombe Pier for am amazing view of the sea and 7 mile beach starching from Sand Banks to Hengistbury Head.
Boscombe Chine Gardens Basketball Courts
Just across the road from the flat - these gardens offer a lovely mix of scenery and activities with formal flower beds, large grassy areas for recreation, mini golf and a water-themed playground, basketball court as well as a table tennis table (borrow the paddles from the flat and have a go!). Walk through the gardens down to the beach and along the Boscombe Pier for am amazing view of the sea and 7 mile beach starching from Sand Banks to Hengistbury Head.
Hop on a train from Bournemouth to Brockenhurst, a gateway to New Forrest National Park where you can enjoy walking surrounded by heathland and forests. You will encounter a variety or wildlife including the famous ponies. Conclude your walk in Brockenhurst village which has a variety of restaurants and pubs offering great food or you can venture further out and walk to a historic port of town of Lymington with amazing views of Isle of Wight where you can catch a train back to Bournemouth.
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Park Narodowy New Forest
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Hop on a train from Bournemouth to Brockenhurst, a gateway to New Forrest National Park where you can enjoy walking surrounded by heathland and forests. You will encounter a variety or wildlife including the famous ponies. Conclude your walk in Brockenhurst village which has a variety of restaurants and pubs offering great food or you can venture further out and walk to a historic port of town of Lymington with amazing views of Isle of Wight where you can catch a train back to Bournemouth.
Catch a boat from Pool Hourbour to the famout island where you can do some red squirell spotting.
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Brownsea Island
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Catch a boat from Pool Hourbour to the famout island where you can do some red squirell spotting.
Entertainment & Activities
A half an hour walk along the beach will take you to the Bournemouth town, stop at the pier with its classic sea side town entertainment and the newest addition - an 820ft zip wire over the waves! Take a stroll through the Lower Gardens into the town centre for shopping and a variety of restaurants.
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Pier Theatre
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A half an hour walk along the beach will take you to the Bournemouth town, stop at the pier with its classic sea side town entertainment and the newest addition - an 820ft zip wire over the waves! Take a stroll through the Lower Gardens into the town centre for shopping and a variety of restaurants.
Right next to Bournemouth Pier is the Oceanarium. Watch the water come alive while penguins, otters, sharks and sea turtles grab a bite to eat during our daily feeding talks
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Oceanarium
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Right next to Bournemouth Pier is the Oceanarium. Watch the water come alive while penguins, otters, sharks and sea turtles grab a bite to eat during our daily feeding talks
At Tower Park, Poole, a galaxy of entertainment unfolds. With the Splashdown water park and Empire Cinema, Tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants, there's enough to keep you busy whatever the weather.
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Tower Park Poole
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At Tower Park, Poole, a galaxy of entertainment unfolds. With the Splashdown water park and Empire Cinema, Tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants, there's enough to keep you busy whatever the weather.
Set in 47 acres of parkland with its own high ropes adventure complex, a well-equipped gym, pool and refurbished spa area Littledown Centre is a luxurious spot to get fit.
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Littledown Centre
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Set in 47 acres of parkland with its own high ropes adventure complex, a well-equipped gym, pool and refurbished spa area Littledown Centre is a luxurious spot to get fit.
Sightseeing
Situated in the nearby New Forrest area is Beaulieu with its world-famous Motor Museum, Abbey and Palace House.
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Beaulieu
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Situated in the nearby New Forrest area is Beaulieu with its world-famous Motor Museum, Abbey and Palace House.
Standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry. The chalk formations are popularly know as Old Harry Rocks, but the name actually refers to the single stack of chalk standing furthest out to sea. Until 1896 there was another stack known as Old Harry’s Wife, but erosion caused her to tumble into the sea, leaving just a stump. Thousands of years ago, Old Harry and The Needles on the Isle of Wight were linked by a line of chalk hills that eroded away during the last ice age. They are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and managed by the National Trust. You can walk to Old Harry along the South West Coast Path.
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Old Harry Rocks
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Standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry. The chalk formations are popularly know as Old Harry Rocks, but the name actually refers to the single stack of chalk standing furthest out to sea. Until 1896 there was another stack known as Old Harry’s Wife, but erosion caused her to tumble into the sea, leaving just a stump. Thousands of years ago, Old Harry and The Needles on the Isle of Wight were linked by a line of chalk hills that eroded away during the last ice age. They are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and managed by the National Trust. You can walk to Old Harry along the South West Coast Path.
Formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique geology and landforms including the Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole. Open every day, we welcome thousands of people each year who come to enjoy the panoramic views and crystal clear waters on this stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From rock-pooling and watersports, to walking, coasteering or just relaxing with an ice cream, this is a must-visit destination on the Dorset Coast.
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Lulworth Cove
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Formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique geology and landforms including the Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole. Open every day, we welcome thousands of people each year who come to enjoy the panoramic views and crystal clear waters on this stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From rock-pooling and watersports, to walking, coasteering or just relaxing with an ice cream, this is a must-visit destination on the Dorset Coast.
Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. It is located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, bore or drill. As you look towards
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Durdle Door
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Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. It is located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, bore or drill. As you look towards
The 95 miles of coastline stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay in Dorset is world renowned as the Jurassic Coast and is definitely one of the places to visit during your stay in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.
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Jurassic Coast
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The 95 miles of coastline stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay in Dorset is world renowned as the Jurassic Coast and is definitely one of the places to visit during your stay in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.
You can take a train from Bournemouth (app 10 min) or a bus (40 to 60 min) to historic town of Poole, stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town, visit the Poole Museum. Poole Quay offers a stunning view of the Poole Harbour and you can catch one of the many boats that sail from the quay to some of the Dorset beauty spots .
Poole Old Town and Poole Quay
You can take a train from Bournemouth (app 10 min) or a bus (40 to 60 min) to historic town of Poole, stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town, visit the Poole Museum. Poole Quay offers a stunning view of the Poole Harbour and you can catch one of the many boats that sail from the quay to some of the Dorset beauty spots .
Salisbury, Amesbury and Stonehenge The easiest way to travel to medieval Salisbury and the word famous stone circles would be by car however you can get a bus from Bournemouth to Salisbury and another one that will take you directly to Stonehenge. Salisbury picturesque streets lead to the beautiful cathedral with its world famous Spire and one of only 4 remaining original versions of Magna Carta. From Salisbury it’s only a short ride to a must see 10,000 year old Stonehenge and it’s lesser known but equally impressive sister site – Amesbury
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Stonehenge
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Salisbury, Amesbury and Stonehenge The easiest way to travel to medieval Salisbury and the word famous stone circles would be by car however you can get a bus from Bournemouth to Salisbury and another one that will take you directly to Stonehenge. Salisbury picturesque streets lead to the beautiful cathedral with its world famous Spire and one of only 4 remaining original versions of Magna Carta. From Salisbury it’s only a short ride to a must see 10,000 year old Stonehenge and it’s lesser known but equally impressive sister site – Amesbury
Swanage, Corf Castle and Steam Railway Ideal for a day trip – you can take the Yellow Bus no 50 from Bournemouth Square, an open top bus will take you along the coast including Sandbanks and Studland beach to the beautiful coastal town of Swanage. From here you can take the steam train to stunning village of Corf with its castle ruins. For hard-core walkers – you can walk all along the beach from Boscombe via Sandbanks Ferry to Swanage – care though – you will have to walk though the Dorset only nudist beach!:)
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Corfe Castle
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Swanage, Corf Castle and Steam Railway Ideal for a day trip – you can take the Yellow Bus no 50 from Bournemouth Square, an open top bus will take you along the coast including Sandbanks and Studland beach to the beautiful coastal town of Swanage. From here you can take the steam train to stunning village of Corf with its castle ruins. For hard-core walkers – you can walk all along the beach from Boscombe via Sandbanks Ferry to Swanage – care though – you will have to walk though the Dorset only nudist beach!:)
Visiting this idyllic seaside resort is an ideal day-trip for lovers of picturesque English towns.
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Christchurch
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Visiting this idyllic seaside resort is an ideal day-trip for lovers of picturesque English towns.
Only and hour drive on the train from Bournemouth station will take you to this beautifull historic town - ideal for a day trip - end it with a visit to the beutifull localy run Tivoli Theather to catch a late show.
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Winchester
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Only and hour drive on the train from Bournemouth station will take you to this beautifull historic town - ideal for a day trip - end it with a visit to the beutifull localy run Tivoli Theather to catch a late show.
Another beutifull seatown located within an hour train journey from Bournemouth station - Weymouth is an ideal day trip for the whole family.With beautiful golden sands sprinkled with deckchairs, safe shallow waters, action packed events programme and pretty harbourside you certainly won’t be disappointed!
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Weymouth
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Another beutifull seatown located within an hour train journey from Bournemouth station - Weymouth is an ideal day trip for the whole family.With beautiful golden sands sprinkled with deckchairs, safe shallow waters, action packed events programme and pretty harbourside you certainly won’t be disappointed!
Getting Around
Approximately 10 minutes walk from the flat.
Bournemouth (Coach Station)
Approximately 10 minutes walk from the flat.
Only 2 minutes walk from the flat with frequent busses to Bournemouth, Poole and Southbourne.
Boscombe Gardens
Only 2 minutes walk from the flat with frequent busses to Bournemouth, Poole and Southbourne.
The train station is located opposite the coach station -approximately 10 minutes walk from the flat
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Bournemouth
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The train station is located opposite the coach station -approximately 10 minutes walk from the flat