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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.
Bus Stop
“Great hive of activity with lots of bars, restaurants and coffee houses. Great for lunch, dinner, drinks or a night out. It has something for everyone and again within walking distance or a very short bus or taxi ride.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Lovely cafe with good coffee and a decent menu in a nice place, great for lunch, brunch and breakfast.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Trains, buses, taxis also located here to all local and national destinations. 10 min walk from house”
  • 4 locals recommend
“Located directly on the seafront- All day dining in a relaxed atmosphere with fabulous food! Often do Live Music events too....Check out their website!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Tower Park is worth a visit, especially if the weather is not great! Has many things to do including splashdown Swimming Pool, Bowling, Cinema, Lemur Landings Soft play, Bingo and numerous restaurants!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Fabulous adventure park for families with young children (under 8s I would say). It’s a fun place even in bad weather, as there is a great soft play area indoors, where adults can park themselves at a table and keep an eye out for their little ones. Depending on the weather and the time of year, there will be more or fewer outside attractions open. Great face painting and two cafes!”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Great lively highstreet with lovely bars and restaurants. Only a 10 minute walk away.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Award-Winning bakery serving artisanal breads, gourmet sandwiches and patisserie”
  • 12 locals recommend
“It’s an Italian restaurant on the beach. Food can sometimes be hit and miss but with the location, and a bottle of wine you can’t go wrong”
  • 13 locals recommend
“If you are looking for something a little more upmarket this is the place to go. Children friendly too but a lovely spot on the river for just a drink, light bite or a fuller feed. Great atmosphere in the evening and very cosy in the winter with a log fire, live music and a great atmosphere. If you would like a little pamper while you are here you can book time in the spa which also offers treatments - perfect for a little R&R.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Good restaurant on the beach at Bournemouth, serving a number of fish dishes ”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Great all round bar. Lively in the evening & chilled vibe in the morning for breakfast ”
  • 8 locals recommend
“A nice park within walking/cycling distance. It has a mini train which takes you around and a children's indoor play area with soft play and a skating rink. Several places to grab a bite to eat here.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping centre, plenty of parking for £1 for 2 hours. Or just 10 min walk.”
  • 6 locals recommend
“One of Bournemouth's top and historic entertainment venues. 10 min walk away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
“An elegant restaurant with a stunning glass front. Great for an occasion dinner or some classy cocktails. ”
  • 9 locals recommend