What to do in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth featuring tranquil scenes, hiking or walking and building ruins

Bournemouth Attractions

If you're looking for things to do in Bournemouth, get set to be busy. This vibrant city knows how to entertain. Whatever you're into, you'll be amazed by the variety of tourist attractions to dive into here. Keep reading to discover some of the best of them.

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Bournemouth must see attractions

1. Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach is one of England’s most popular and attractive sandy areas. For decades, locals and travelers have been relaxing under umbrellas against the roar of the English Channel’s waves. Discover the varying parts of the beach during your vacation, from the more active central bays to the spacious havens a little farther out from the city.
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Bournemouth Beach

2. Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre, or the BIC, is a large events space and conference center that hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Come here to take in everything from wrestling to stand-up comedy shows, from food and drinks festivals to musicals. And of course, if you are visiting Bournemouth for a conference or business event, there is a good chance it will be held here in the BIC.
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Bournemouth International Centre

3. Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier is a hub of adventure activities on a scenic wharf overlooking the sea. It has numerous cafés, restaurants and an activity center with thrilling rides.
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Bournemouth Pier which includes a sandy beach

4. Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre

The Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre has all the features you would expect from a traditional performance venue that dates back to the early 20th century. Expect red velvet chairs, splendid high ceilings and lots of gold detailing when you come to see a show here.
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Treat yourself to a night of early 20th-century-style grandeur at this opulent and historic theater, where you can see everything from dramas to concerts.

5. Oceanarium

The Oceanarium is a chance to see and interact with remarkable marine life in large tanks. It stands out from most typical aquariums with its interactive elements, allowing you to meet and play with the animals. Try to identify the more than 150 species of fish, from sharks and stingrays to clownfish and pufferfish.
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Oceanarium which includes marine life as well as a small group of people

6. O2 Academy Bournemouth

The O2 Academy Bournemouth is one of the leading performance venues in the city. It has a focus on live music but also hosts other kinds of events. Come here in the evening to take in a show in beautiful surroundings, in the grand main space of a historic Grade II-listed building.
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O2 Academy Bournemouth

7. Bournemouth University

Though founded only recently in 1992, Bournemouth University is quickly becoming one of the U.K.’s liveliest universities, drawing students to the seashore and the classroom. It is an outgrowth of the Bournemouth Municipal College, which was founded in the early 20th century to prepare students for degrees from the University of London. The university received its charter in the early 1990s along with a flurry of institutions nicknamed the “new universities.” Feel like a student amid its modern buildings and welcoming community.
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Bournemouth University

8. Bournemouth Lower Gardens

As part of the city’s green trilogy, Bournemouth Lower Gardens is a scenic park area with a Victorian design. It is the southern sister of the Central Gardens and Upper Gardens and features extravagant flowerbed displays year-round. Attend a concert at the bandstand in this typically English garden.
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Bournemouth Lower Gardens featuring hiking or walking and a park as well as a couple

What to do in Bournemouth

Free Things to Do in Bournemouth

They say the best things in life are free. Make sure you explore the following around Bournemouth:

Coastal Activity Park - Make this place one of your first ports of call for a bit of fun during your getaway.

The Square - This happening spot is a popular rendezvous point for locals and tourists alike.

Bournemouth Pier - Widely recognized among local residents, this place is worth checking out.

St. Peter's Church - Spend some time in meditation or prayer at this revered place of worship.

Bournemouth Beach - Inhale the sea air and watch the waves lapping at the shore at this gorgeous coastal spot.

Coastal Activity Park - If you take pleasure in pottering about the garden, this attraction will excite your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Bournemouth with Kids

There's fun for all the family no matter where you wander in Bournemouth. Here are some family friendly experiences to do together that are certain to make your trip unforgettable:


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You could put your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won’t cost you a thing:

  • Bournemouth Beach
  • Alum Chine Beach
  • Boscombe Pier
  • Bournemouth Pier

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