Places to visit
In and Around Bournemouth
If you’re planning a holiday in Bournemouth with a view to getting out and about then you’ve certainly picked the right place. The areas directly around Bournemouth are packed with places to visit. From fascinating churches and castles to fun-packed family theme parks, there really is something for everyone. And if that isn’t enough to wet your appetite for adventure why not head even further out into the county? Dorset is blessed with glorious countryside, breath-taking coastal walks, historical towns, enchanting villages and hundreds of traditional pubs and inns. Not to mention loads of award-winning tourist attractions. Check out some of the links below for places to visit in Bournemouth to get a taste of what’s available to keep you well and truly entertained. It’s all out there waiting to be discovered.
The historic market town of Christchurch, just a few minutes drive from Bournemouth has a fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and a spectacular natural harbour and delightful quay. Christchurch has stone-cobbled streets where you can find quaint tearooms, traditional pubs playing music and a good range of restaurants. Visit the Christchurch Priory, Place Mill, The Red house Museum and Gardens and the remains of Twynham Castle.
Two miles from Christchurch is the charming village of Mudeford, the area is popular for sailing and windsurfing. Ferries run from Mudeford quay across to Mudeford sandbank, which adjoins Hengistbury head.
The New Forest
An area of outstanding natural beauty and wild life. Fantastic for cycling, with many traffic free tracks, great walks in beautiful countryside, numerous events and attractions and fantastic pubs and restaurants serving quality local produce, The New Forest has something for everyone.
Poole is renowned for its water sports including windsurfing and kite surfing and has a stunning natural harbour and some of Britain’s best beaches. Poole Quay has a fine selection of pubs and restaurants with a bustling atmosphere. Ferries run across Poole Harbour from Poole Quay, Sandbanks or Bournemouth. Brownsea Island can be reached from Poole Quay or Sandbanks.
The Jurassic Coast www.jurassiccoast.com
Corfe Castle www.corfe-castle.co.uk
Hengistbury Head www.hengistbury-head.co.uk
Brownsea Island www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea