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Best things to do in Bournemouth

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Restaurant
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“A 30 minute walk along the seafront to this trendy restaurant and bar overlooking the beach in Boscombe.”
55 locals recommend
Establishment
“Lovely nature reserve perfect for dog walking, scooting, or a level car-free walk to a pretty beach with beach huts and cafe.”
41 locals recommend
Hotel
“Seven miles of award-winning beaches! Plenty of things to see and do, catch a bus if you don't want to drive...”
31 locals recommend
Park
“https://www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk It is about 18 minutes driving from our place.”
37 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A fascinating Victoria villa and gardens located in Bournemouth town centre. Regularly hosts different art collections too. Nice coffee shop.”
39 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A great place for younger children, probably better suited for a rainy day.”
27 locals recommend
Beach
“Brilliant indoor film complex. Perfect if the weather isn't great. Lots of food and drink options.”
20 locals recommend
Establishment
“The largest arts centre in the country outside of London, also home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. There are loads of events going on year-round, as well as a cinema.”
22 locals recommend
Café
“Nice for a casual dinner and drinks. Make sure to try their duck pizza. Plus they're currently doing Pizza and Prosecco Thursdays!”
26 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Many high street & brand name shops to chose from, plus cafes and places to eat.”
20 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Indoor entertainment centre, featuring the Splashdown water park and Cineworld cinema, Tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants.”
20 locals recommend
Park
“A great place to come and chill on a lovely day with amenities nearby and close to Bournemouth town centre and Bournemouth pier. Just bring a blanket and a picnic and you'll feel like one of the locals. It's also great to walk into town from home. It takes about an hour but you'll go through coy pond which is simply lovely any time of year/season.”
19 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Quicker to walk than to drive, just a 5 minute walk from the house. With shops for all ages, to eateries, and supermarkets”
15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My personal favourite, located in Southbourne which is roughly 5 mins from the Annexe if you drive, or 20-25 min walk. From the outside it looks like a restaurant (never actually eaten food in here but is always busy!) but there is a secret bar upstairs. 1930s style offering a small list of cocktails all made to order, or they come up with something you may prefer instead. You have to book and cannot just turn up on the night but it is completely different to anywhere else you will find in Bournemouth! Definitely worth a visit ”
23 locals recommend
Church
“Beautiful mediaeval church, luckily spared from Cromwell and King Henry VIII.”
24 locals recommend
Bar
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“The music is great and there are often special nights like Comedy night, music night.”
24 locals recommend