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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
“An almighty creation surrounded by a beautiful Close of period houses and manicured lawns”
  • 81 locals recommend
Zoo
“Super day out visiting various monkeys and apes that have been rescued and rehoused. Take along your odd socks for the monkeys to play with. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a great day out somewhere to visit for sure! Great for individuals and families. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bay
“This is a place I never get bored of. Come rain or shine this incredible natural landmark is one not to miss. I would recommend visiting the information centre and taking the short hike over to Durdle Door. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Park
“Miles of track, woodland paths and treetop trails for all the kids and family to explore. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
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
Natural Feature
“A tranquil spot just 20 minutes' cruise away from the flat and home to the rare red squirrel and roaming peacocks. Nature reserve, beaches, cafe overlooking the harbour. In the summer, there is an open-air theatre performing Shakespeare (your ticket includes the cruise fees) every evening. Simple to get to from the cruise kiosks on the quay (moments from the flat). Your cruise ticket is a round trip, but there is an entry fee for non-National Trust members. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Come down to the area of the superstars, popstars and rich and famous. With the seven-figure homes being a common occurrence down here with some of the most breathtaking views in England you are in for a real treat. A must see!”
  • 37 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
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
Colloquial Area
“Walking the Jurassic coast is walking on the stunning coastal path that is the start of the South West Coast path and world famous for its spectacular views.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“A walk up to Old Harry worth an hour or so of your time. There is also a nice pub when you get back for lunch or real ale - The Bankes Arms in Studland ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Only for real treats! Great food and views, great service. You will have to book way in advance for a table here. Also if you like that kind of thing have a walk around the walled kitchen garden. Spendy in the restaurant- Watch the wine bill! In summer they do flatbreads in the garden without bookings, phone ahead to check as they won’t do walk ins otherwise.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
  • 45 locals recommend