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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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“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Hotel
“One of best beach , lots of going on, on the pier there is rock climbing rock reef and zipwire ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Great for a for a long walk/bike ride with lovely views, woods, and beach. Good dog walking spot too.”
  • 37 locals recommend
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Establishment
“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!)”
  • 40 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A fascinating Victoria villa and gardens located in Bournemouth town centre. Regularly hosts different art collections too. Nice coffee shop.”
  • 38 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.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A great place for younger children, probably better suited for a rainy day.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Many high street & brand name shops to chose from, plus cafes and places to eat.”
  • 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.”
  • 19 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
Church
“Beautiful mediaeval church, luckily spared from Cromwell and King Henry VIII.”
  • 24 locals recommend
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Restaurant
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“Great local restaurant - book ahead. At the weekend there is a speak-easy hidden bar above - ask when booking... ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“The gardens in Bournemouth frequently have activities on - including arts festivals, marathons and Christmas Tree trail and ice rink in December. During the summer fireworks are set off here on Friday evenings at 10 pm. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Visit bournemouth by train from Sway. Large shopping centre. Lovely beaches with a pier. Bournemouth airshow in August (free)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“The music is great and there are often special nights like Comedy night, music night.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Theatre
“Great value entertainment. Check out their website to see what is currently running. Beautiful venue.”
  • 17 locals recommend