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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“Great place to eat right on the seafront. Take a walk through Boscombe Gardens and Chine to work up an appetite!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Russell Cotes Museum is an art gallery and museum in Bournemouth, England. A Grade II* listed building originally known as East Cliff Hall, it is located next to the Royal Bath Hotel. Fabulous exhibitions and a busy event calendar makes this a truly special place to visit. Caféon site.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beach
“Modern cinema experiences with 3D and I sense built in. This is a must for any moviegoer! A great night for the whole family.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“Bournemouth offers 2,000 acres of glorious gardens and parks just waiting to be explored. The gardens are split into three areas of Victorian beauty- starting with the Lower Gardens, adjacent to the sea and leading to the Central Gardens in the town centre, and then the Upper Gardens. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Grab a stick of rock, an ice cream or some fish & chips and have a walk along the famous pier.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Theatre
“Great value entertainment. Check out their website to see what is currently running. Beautiful venue.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“The music is great and there are often special nights like Comedy night, music night.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pier
“Beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views to Sandbanks in the west and the headland of Hengistbury Head in the east. Views of the Isle of Weight (left of the Pier) on clear sunny days. A 15-20 min walk along the prom, or take the land train to Bournemouth Pier and town centre.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Hotel
“Its right opposite where you stay! Found this little gem of a place before we were lucky enough to get the flat opposite. great atmosphere with a relaxed vibe, good menu and friendly staff.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“If you enjoy your coffee come here, a short walk from the flat. Good for breakfast and lunch too. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Walking distance and excellent value. This is the original 1 opened in 2009. Now there over a dozen along the south, they must be doing something right.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great view over the ocean and a big space for large groups. One of my locals for a coffee or cocktail. Its just a 10 minute walk from here. You walk left out of the hotel, to the main road and down the hill. Walk to the big wheel and you will see Aruba. Go on up the stairs and check out the view. Dogs also welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Trains, buses, taxis also located here to all local and national destinations. 10 min walk from house”
  • 4 locals recommend
Health
“Located directly on the seafront- All day dining in a relaxed atmosphere with fabulous food! Often do Live Music events too....Check out their website!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Shopping centre, plenty of parking for £1 for 2 hours. Or just 10 min walk.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great place to eat right on the seafront. Take a walk through Boscombe Gardens and Chine to work up an appetite!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
“The music is great and there are often special nights like Comedy night, music night.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Walking distance and excellent value. This is the original 1 opened in 2009. Now there over a dozen along the south, they must be doing something right.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great view over the ocean and a big space for large groups. One of my locals for a coffee or cocktail. Its just a 10 minute walk from here. You walk left out of the hotel, to the main road and down the hill. Walk to the big wheel and you will see Aruba. Go on up the stairs and check out the view. Dogs also welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An elegant restaurant with a stunning glass front. Great for an occasion dinner or some classy cocktails. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Love the food here. Fantastic service and fun Venue. The food is always good and very tasty! Happy hour is always a treat! Make sure you book on a Friday and Saturday as can get very busy around the bar area!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant

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