Welcome to Bournemouth
If one thing has shaped Bournemouth, it's the beach. This glorious, 7-mile strip of soft sand first drew holidaymakers in the Victorian days. Today the resort attracts both elderly coach parties and youthful stag parties – on Saturday nights fancy-dress is everywhere; angels in L-plates meet men in mankinis. But Bournemouth is more than just a full-on party town. It also boasts some hip hideaways, great restaurants,... Read More
Top experiences in Bournemouth
City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 24 stops around Bournemouth. Sit back and relax as you travel through the city, enjoying wraparound views and informative commentary on board. Stay on the bus for the entire 50-minute loop, or hop off as you please to explore by foot.Take in the scenic coastline of southern England and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of downtown, buzzing with shopping, dining and nightlife. Hop off to wander through the Victorian-era Bournemouth Gardens; see Europe’s first artificial Surf Reef at Boscombe Pier; check out the Oceanarium; or go shopping at The Square. City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Route: Bournemouth Pier Bournemouth Square (Gervis Place Stand X) East Overcliff Drive East Overcliff Drive Boscombe Chine Gardens Boscombe Shopping Boscombe Pier Boscombe Overcliff Drive Southbourne Shopping & Zig Zag Southbourne Cross Roads Tuckton Bridge Christchurch Quay Tuckton Bridge Hengistbury Head Solent Beach Southborne Cross Roads Southbourne Shopping & Zig Zag Boscombe Overcliff Drive Boscombe Pier Boscombe Chine Gardens East Overcliff Drive East Overcliff Drive Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum Bournemouth Pier
Blenheim Palace and The Cotswolds Day Trip from Oxford
Departing central Oxford in the morning, you will start the day by visiting the magnificent Blenheim Palace located just a short journey north of Oxford. Entrance to the palace, park and the gardens is included in the tour. See one of the most impressive and biggest houses in all of England.Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It is the main home of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace was built between 1705 and 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It has been the home to the Churchill family for about 300 years and was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain during World War II.After plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings you will then continue into a national area of outstanding beauty - The Cotswolds. It is full of quaint small villages with houses and churches that date back around 500 years with most buildings made in local limestone (similar to Bath or some Oxford University Colleges).After another short journey that shows you some of the Cotswold villages and the natural landscape of fields and gentle rolling hills, you will stop at one of the prettiest of all the villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. After a quick tour you have time for lunch (own expense) and free time to enjoy any of the attractions, sights or events on offer.Departure will be late afternoon returning to Oxford by 5pm and returning to Bournemouth by 7pm.
4-Day Tour Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands from Bournemouth
Itinerary: Day 1: Departure from central Bournemouth. Overnight travel by coach to Scotland.Day 2: Edinburgh tour. Spend Saturday visiting Edinburgh with your guide to see the sights and learn some fascinating facts about the country and its people. Visit Edinburgh Castle (for extra charge) or the local shops or museums. Late afternoon you will travel to your hotel. You will be staying at 3-star Britannia Edinburgh Hotel or another one of similar standard. Day 3: Edinburgh. A free day at leisure to do whatever you wish, either join your guides on the optional tour below or you can return to Edinburgh. Another option is to take a train to Glasgow to see the sights there, which is about 1 hour travel away.Optional tour on Sunday - Highlands, Lochs & Mountains Tour (for extra cost): Travel into the Highlands with your guide to see the beautiful lochs and mountains in Braveheart country. Visit the Wallace Monument, see the famous Forth Bridge and stop for souvenirs and tartan gifts at a Scottish woolen mill. Tour includes admission to a Scottish whisky distillery to sample some famous malt. Day 4: Return to Bournemouth. After breakfast, you will be checking out of the hotel and will for most of the day be traveling back to Bournemouth. Estimated time of arrival is about 9pm - 11pm depending on traffic conditions.
Cardiff and Wales Day Tour From Bournemouth
You will be picked up at a centrally located meeting point in Bournemouth and taken for this day tour to explore the capital city of Wales, Cardiff.Wales is a separate country that forms part of the United Kingdom. Wales has a population of three million with a long coastline of 1,200 km, it’s a largely mountainous region to the north and its main centres of population are in the South with its capital Cardiff. Wales was an independent country until the late 13th century, it still holds on to a strong separate identity from England with its own language and its national sports. During the 19th century South Wales was one of the most industrial and productive places on earth with its vast coal mines, iron works and other associated industries. Modern Wales has been transformed from its industrial past in to a forward looking and vibrant region; Cardiff has had hundreds of millions of pounds spent on rebuilding and is home to the Welsh Assembly as well as its main shopping hubs and national museums.Cardiff has become one of the UK’s tourist hotspots due to its cultural heritage and also its many shopping opportunities. Next door to the National Museum is the City Hall, this is the site of local government. All around the museum and City Hall you will find one of the most beautiful civic centres in the world surrounding Alexandra Gardens. Nicknamed the City of Arcades, Cardiff is great place for shopping in style and the Victorian arcades are worth a visit in themselves. Queen St, St Marys Street and The Hayes are the major pedestrianised shopping streets which all branch off the castle, so it is easy to walk from shop to shop without fear of traffic, here you will find the massive St David’s shopping centre, all around there a great number of places to eat.On this tour you will get to do the main walking tour of Cardiff city centre which includes Cardiff Castle, Bute Park with a "mini Stonehenge", Civic area with impressive buildings such as the National Museum and you will also see the Millennium Stadium, one of the largest in the UK. In your free time you will have the chance to visit the Castle (extra charge) or Museum (free) or do some shopping in the many arcades.The tour will return to the original meeting point in Bournemouth.
Full-Day London Tour From Bournemouth
Make your own way to the Bournemouth Travel Interchange Bus Station in time for an 8am departure and set out on the around 3-hour journey to London by air-conditioned coach. Arrive in London around 11am and make a beeline for one of the city's top attractions - Buckingham Palace. After admiring the magnificent royal palace, follow your guide on a 1.5-hour walking tour of London, taking in highlights such as Big Ben, also known as the Elizabeth Tower's or the Great Bell; the Palace of Westminster, otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament; and Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. You'll also see Trafalgar Square, St James Park, the Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Downing Street, the London Eye, and the River Thames.End your walking tour in Covent Garden, where you'll find plenty of options for lunch (own expense) or souvenir shopping, and have free time to continue sightseeing independently. Meet back up with your guide around 5pm for the return journey to Bournemouth, where your tour ends around 8pm.
Warwick Castle & Stratford on Avon from Bournemout
You will be picked up from a centrally located meeting point in Bournemouth and taken for this day tour to explore Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon, one of England's most beautiful market towns, situated on the River Avon. This small quaint place is full of history, picturesque Tudor buildings, theaters, shops, many attractions and things to see and do.Included on the tour you are places where Shakespeare lived in Stratford, including his birthplace on Henley Street. It is open to the public with an exhibition center to learn more about this great man and see where he was born and lived in his early years. You will also be shown the King Edward VI School where Shakespeare went to study, the site of his retirement home and place of his death, New Place. You can also visit his final resting place in the Holy Trinity Church.The tour will return to the original meeting point in Bournemouth.