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Top Choice 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 set the scene for DJ sets, live bands and retro gaming nights.
Top Choice Bistro in Bournemouth

Urban Reef

On sunny weekends a cool crowd queues out the door at Urban Reef. No wonder: a waterfront deck and balcony, punchy coffee, top-notch snacks and quality, sustainable restaurant fare. On stormy days snuggle down besid…
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…
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…
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. Brunch can be healthy (avocado, salmon and egg) or decadent (maple syrup-drenched French toast). Or opt for…
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 turbot with chorizo and caper…
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…
Heritage Railway in Bournemouth

West Cliff Lift Railway

Built in 1908 to link Bournemouth's steep but relatively low cliffs to the beach, the West Cliff Lift Railway regularly trundles up and down a short section track.
Beach in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Beach Huts

Some 200 brightly painted beach huts are available for hire. They come equipped with three deckchairs and a gas stove.
Club in Bournemouth

Old Firestation

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