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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.
Cultural Center
“The beautiful 13th century cathedral has the tallest spire and largest cloister in Britain plus the world's oldest working clock and a copy of the Magna Carta dated from 1215 to view.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Zoo
“Monkey World made famous from Monkey Business the television programme 5 min drive from us. Well worth a visit suitable for all ages.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bay
“Beautiful Lulworth Cove on the Famous Jurassic Coast 10 min drive from my shepherds hut Well worth a visit whilst your here. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
History Museum
“They have a thrilling active tank display throughout the summer. Look out for it!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“Walk in by parking at one of car parks off of Ringwood to Verwood road. Great walks and cycle trails here. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
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
Park
“Great place for a walk over the cliffs or through the nature reserve. Can get a boat across to Mudeford or walk towards Southbourne and Boscombe. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Brownsea Island is an internationally important nature reserve featuring rare wildlife, including red squirrels and wading birds. Located at the heart of Poole Harbour, it is managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the National Trust and part of The Great Heath Living Landscape. Opening times • Winter weekends 10am to 4pm starting 1st February to 8th March • Island opens daily 10am to 5pm from 14th March to 1st November • Island open daily 10am to 4pm from 2nd November to 15th November • Winter closure from 16th November 2020 Best time to visit Early in the year for winter bird visitors, summer for breeding terns and autumn for red squirrel watching. Park at Sandbanks, and catch the ferry across to the island”
  • 69 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
Nature
“Beautiful area and nature reserve with a view of the beach and sea on one side and Christchurch harbour on the other. There are large fields, a walk up the head itself. There is a cafe/restaurant on the spit beach and also another cafe at the car park. The visitor centre has a small garden outside and cameras showing nesting birds (great place to fly a kite - it's always windy!)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Hotel
“A trip to Bournemouth isn't complete without stepping foot on the award winning beach. Great all year round from sunbathing in the height of summer to quick stroll in the wintery months. A must see”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Unique sightseeing place between Studland and Swanage. Amazing views all round.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great for foodies. Home-grown and locally sourced produce. Beautiful property.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing views, wonderful service. Whether it’s breakfast in the bar or an evening meal in the restaurant you won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Beach
“Durdle Door a 10 min drive from the shepherds hut on the famous Jurassic Coast 1/2 an hour walk from Lulworth Cove ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you love fresh fish we highly recommend a car journey along the coast to Burton Bradstock and this great spot to eat! Queues are likely in peak season but just confirms it’s popular!! Expect fresh mussels, large seafood platters, lobster and some good old fashioned fish and chips to make but a few bites! ”
  • 47 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
Restaurant
“Great for foodies. Home-grown and locally sourced produce. Beautiful property.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Amazing views, wonderful service. Whether it’s breakfast in the bar or an evening meal in the restaurant you won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“If you love fresh fish we highly recommend a car journey along the coast to Burton Bradstock and this great spot to eat! Queues are likely in peak season but just confirms it’s popular!! Expect fresh mussels, large seafood platters, lobster and some good old fashioned fish and chips to make but a few bites! ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis is always a treat. Wonderful fresh seafood cooked with style and often some locally foraged wild ingredients too, plus a stunning view over the Cobb and out to sea. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
“The food here is excellent - you can tell they use fresh ingredients and the menu has some interesting choices. It's very stylish - country and unpretentious but comfortable and inviting. It's also worth a visit for the drive through the Fonthill Bishop Estate - beautiful, stretched out well kept paddocks and fields with horses grazing and attractive wooden fences...Very English country! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Great stop along the river for a coffee, drink, lite bite or fuller bite. Open for breakfast, this place gives a lovely view of the river. Cosy log fire in the winter and both indoor and outdoor seating available.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local restaurant - book ahead. At the weekend there is a speak-easy hidden bar above - ask when booking... ”
  • 26 locals recommend

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