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Things to do in Bournemouth

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.
Shopping Mall
“Many high street & brand name shops to chose from, plus cafes and places to eat.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Indoor entertainment centre, featuring the Splashdown water park and Cineworld cinema, Tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cafe
“Family friendly spot for food and/or drinks. Good food with bar services, games and also dog friendly. We love this for a casual evening out!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pier
“Beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views to Sandbanks in the west and the headland of Hengistbury Head in the east. Views of the Isle of Weight (left of the Pier) on clear sunny days. A 15-20 min walk along the prom, or take the land train to Bournemouth Pier and town centre.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Hotel
“Its right opposite where you stay! Found this little gem of a place before we were lucky enough to get the flat opposite. great atmosphere with a relaxed vibe, good menu and friendly staff.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Another lovely beach spot - perfect for crabbing with the kids, ice creams and water sports”
  • 11 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“For rainy days, or for summer days when you need to cool down, Splashdown is a great option. It's on Tower Park, a leisure complex in Poole, and is home to 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5's splash zones. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“If you enjoy your coffee come here, a short walk from the flat. Good for breakfast and lunch too. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
“Located in Southbourne, roughly 5 min drive and a 20-25 min walk from the Annexe. Nice food and fairly quiet in the evenings”
  • 13 locals recommend
Fish & Chips Shop
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“The best fish and chips restaurant and takeaway! Only a 10 minute walk away”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic plant-based food, great for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Great menu, fabulous cakes! Open: Mon 10am-6pm, Tues 9am-6pm Wed: Closed, Thurs: 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-9pm, Sat10am-9pm Sun: 10am-6pm T: 01202 236407 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RY”
  • 15 locals recommend
Transportation
“A half an hour walk along the beach will take you to the Bournemouth town, stop at the pier with its classic sea side town entertainment and the newest addition - an 820ft zip wire over the waves! Take a stroll through the Lower Gardens into the town centre for shopping and a variety of restaurants.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Another fine dining option right on the water. Amazing choice of seafood and wines”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“Popular local restaurant with great food and drink -midway between the flat and the beach! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Walking distance and excellent value. This is the original 1 opened in 2009. Now there over a dozen along the south, they must be doing something right.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great view over the ocean and a big space for large groups. One of my locals for a coffee or cocktail. Its just a 10 minute walk from here. You walk left out of the hotel, to the main road and down the hill. Walk to the big wheel and you will see Aruba. Go on up the stairs and check out the view. Dogs also welcome”
  • 16 locals recommend