Bournemouth is renowned for being a beautiful seaside town with miles of stunning white beaches and plenty of entertainment for all ages. Let’s go in depth and look at the top ten places you can visit in Bournemouth during your stay at the Balincourt Hotel.
1. Bournemouth Beach & The Promenade
Nothing says seaside town like the seaside! Bournemouth is home to a stunning coastline for your to enjoy; from the costal cliffs of Hengistbury Head, round to the famous Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, all the way to the stunning sands of Sandbanks where you can experience the seventh richest place in the world!
Did we also mention that Bournemouth Beach was voted the number one beach in the UK and the fifth best in Europe?! Just take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy the colourful beach huts, the Amusements and bounty of beachside cafes – then you will understand why Bournemouth is the UK’s number one.
2. The Skybar
Treat yourself to a cocktail or two in the bar enjoyed by the high society of Bournemouth. Level8ight Skybar is situated on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel. Just pop in for a drink or two, or enjoy an afternoon tea in the skies with stunning views all over Bournemouth and down to the seafront.
This stylish establishment was designed by Ted Baker for Bournemouth’s brand new Hilton hotel and entices you to enjoy every luxury that high-end wining and dining has to offer.
3. Bournemouth Gardens
There is no place more iconic in Bournemouth than Bournemouth Gardens itself. These beautifully groomed, historic gardens have been Green Flag winners since 1999. Either just enjoy the scenery or get involved with the activities and amenities such as mini golf, street food outlets and guided walks.
If you visit us a Christmas time, be sure to visit the ice rink in the Upper Gardens and enjoy a hot drink in the Alpine Bar. Or during the hotter months, take a stroll through the gardens right down to the seafront where there are a number of fairground rides and other attractions.
4. Jurassic Coastal Walks
Fancy yourself a bit of a walker? Bournemouth’s stunning Jurassic Coastline is the place to do it. Bournemouth is nestled between two large headlands: Hengistbury Head, where you can enjoy walks over the clifftops and down onto the beach, and beyond Sandbanks you can take the ferry over to Old Harry Rocks.
There is a land train on Hengistbury Head for a more easygoing tour of the headland and a cafe to enjoy refreshments before or after your walk. On the other side, Old Harry Rocks is for more keen walkers with a short ferry ride over from Sandbanks and a climb to the clifftop where you can enjoy stunning views over the glistening water. We recommend taking a picnic with you for this one!
5. Bournemouth Pier
Recently updated and just as iconic as the gardens in Bournemouth Pier. Enjoy a stroll along the pier for a fantastic view of the beaches and seaside. Recently they have added a zip line from the pier to the beach for thrill seekers to enjoy and the climbing centre on the end of the pier is the perfect place to take the kids for a fun day out.
If you are visiting in the summer months, you can also enjoy the fireworks on Bournemouth pier every Friday evening. Pop down to the beach or book a table in one of the local beach cafes to enjoy the fireworks and the view.
6. The Pavilion Theatre
This historic building was opened in the 1929 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester and is home to a host of brilliant performances fro comedy shows and pantomimes to ballet and opera. Step back in time when you enter this stunning theatre.
Enjoy the grand architecture and elegant styling of this historic building while enjoying one of the many shows it has to offer. At Christmas time, the Pavilion Theatre attracts families from all around for its much anticipated pantomime performances.
7. Compton Acres
One of Bournemouths local attractions is the must beloved Compton Acres. Not only is it the perfect venue for weddings and other events held in their Italian Villa, but it is also home to some of the most stunning gardens in the area. Enjoy a stroll around over ten acres of beautiful gardens then book yourself in for lunch or afternoon tea in their on site cafe and tearooms.
There are five stunningly themes gardens to choose from: The Italian Gardens, The Japanese Gardens, The Heather Gardens, The Woodland Valley and The Rock and Water Gardens. You can even purchase your own plants in the Plant Centre on site.
8. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)
The BIC is a popular venue for tourists looking for a variety of performances and entertainment: from shows and concerts to exhibitions and iceskating, there is something for everyone at the BIC.
Take a look at their websites for a whole host of events being run at this large venue. Big names such as Madonna, Michael Buble and Ed Sheehan have been known to play there as well as more local productions from local schools or performing arts academies.
9. The Oceanarium
For the ocean lovers out there, Bournemouth has another excellent and highly popular attraction. One the seafront, you are able to visit Bournemouths Oceanarium. This bite sized aquarium is perfect for a half day tour.
Enjoy visiting aquatic animals of all shapes and sizes, then tuck into a delicious lunch in their on site cafe.This attraction is great for the kids but also a nice relaxing trip for the adults to learn a little about the local sea life.
There are plenty of food outlets in and around Bournemouth town centre and onto the beach front.
Some of the most renowned are: Arbua; an elevated beachside bar and cafe with stunning views over the pier. West Beach; a beachfront bar and cafe with views over Bournemouth Beach, accessed via the promenade. Harry Ramsden’s; for the perfect, traditional fish and chips. NEO; for a taste of fine dining during the day and in the evening. 1812; the perfect cocktail lounge and bar experience with a restaurant to enjoy luxury dining.
Experience these and many more restaurants, cafes and bars in Bournemouth during your stay at the Balincourt Hotel.