Bournemouth – Dorset, England

Bournemouth, Old Christchurch Road, Dorset, England, UK

Bournemouth, Dorset. Old Christchurch Road, a pedestrian shopping street in the town centre.

Why holiday in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth is a large and popular south coast beach resort in the county of Dorset, generally green, affluent and lacking both heavy industry and violent crime.

Bournemouth enjoys a relatively fine micro-climate (arguably the best in the UK though Weymouth disagrees), some ancient sights/sites such as Maiden Castle, the Cerne Giant and Corfe Castle, sea views from chalk cliff-tops, some excellent beaches and rolling, undeveloped rural countryside.

A bank survey recently indicated that Bournemouth was the happiest place in Britain (which sadly isn’t saying much). The town is easy to reach by rail or the M3 motorway – just 100 minutes from London.

Bournemouth Pier and beach.

 Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Dorset, England, UK

Bournemouth’s Lower Pleasure Gardens, connecting the beach, promenade and pier to the town centre.

 Bournemouth town centre, Dorset, England, UK

Bournemouth town centre, The Square, with Lower Pleasure Gardens to the immediate right, the pier and beaches five minutes pleasant walk away. The Upper Gardens are immediately on the left.

 Bournemouth Upper Gardens, Dorset, England, UK

Bournemouth’s Upper Pleasure Gardens, stretching a couple of lush miles and little used by visitors.

 Bournemouth West Overcliff, Dorset, England, UK

The West Overcliff, part of a long and lovely clifftop walk along just about the whole length of the bay, interspersed with chines, an asset also under-used by tourists to Bournemouth.

Alum Chine bridge, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Alum Chine suspension bridge.

Bournemouth Pier, promenade and beaches.