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Top Choice Bistro in Bournemouth

Urban Reef

On sunny weekends a cool crowd queues out the door at funky Urban Reef. No wonder: a waterfront deck and balcony, punchy coffee, top-notch snacks and quality, sustainable restaurant fare. On stormy days snuggle down…
Seafood in Bournemouth

West Beach

The seafood and setting are hard to beat – bag a chair on the decking beside the sand, watch the waves lap Bournemouth Pier and tuck into perfectly cooked, perfectly fresh fish; perhaps grey mullet with chorizo and …
Gardens in Bournemouth

Alum Chine

Bournemouth's 1920s heyday is beautifully evoked at a subtropical enclave containing plants from the Canary Islands, New Zealand, Mexico and the Himalayas; their bright-red bracts, silver thistles and purple flowers…
Museum in Bournemouth


Ostentation oozes from almost every inch of this arresting structure – a mash-up of Italianate villa and Scottish baronial pile. It was built at the end of the 1800s for Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes as somewhere t…
Pub in Bournemouth

Sixty Million Postcards

An oasis of hipster grunginess amid pound-a-pint Bournemouth, Sixty Million draws a decidedly beatnik crowd. Worn wooden floors and fringed lampshades frame events encompassing retro DJ sets, live bands, discos, mov…
Heritage Railway in Bournemouth

East Cliff Lift Railway

First built in 1908, this historic railway is closed indefinitely – possibly permanently – following extensive damage in a landslide.
Bistro in Bournemouth

Reef Encounter

Big squishy sofas, a mellow soundtrack and a sea-view terrace give this chilled-out eatery a surf bar vibe. Imaginative takes on brunch include smoked salmon, egg and avocado, or opt for tasty burgers, ribs and wing…
Club in Bournemouth

Old Firestation

Mixes touring gigs, club nights and student parties; music takes in indie, punk, rock 'n' roll and old skool.
Beach in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Beach Huts

Brightly painted beach huts that are available for hire.
Beach in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth's sandy shoreline regularly clocks up seaside awards. It stretches from Southbourne in the far east to Alum Chine in the west – an immense promenade backed by some 3000 deckchairs, ornamental gardens, ki…