Traditionally a retirement town, Bournemouth has become a thriving centre for students and as a popular seaside town is now attracting many tourists.
Places to see:
Whether you have come for the sandy beaches or some sightseeing, Bournemouth is a good place to visit, especially for families. Bournemouth Pier includes a theatre and Boscomber Pier is found a bit further down.
There are a couple of castles that are well worth visiting. Sherbourne Castle was originally built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, but has since 1617 been home to the Digby family. Much older is Corfe Castle which was built in the 11th century and dominated the gap in the Purbecks. It’s just 14km (9 miles) away from Bournemouth and commands an impressive view across the sea.
If you’re looking for museums, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum displays art from the last century and Japanese artefacts. The interior of the museum is very attractive and well worth a good look in its own right.
About 40km (25 miles) away from Bournemouth is Salisbury Cathedral, a fine 13th century cathedral with the tallest spire in Britain.
Being by the sea, it’s no surprise that fish figures highly on the menu. Voted the best chippie in Britain, Chez Fred has traditional fish and chips won’t burn a hole in your pocket. If you want to spend a bit more though, and fancy really good fish, the Atlantic Fish Restaurant comes highly recommended. There’s a wide range of international cuisine, from spicy and cheap southern Indian curries at Dosa World to more upmarket Spanish tapas dishes at Tapas Plus.
Please come back tomorrow to read about things to do, shopping and where to stay in Bournemouth.