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One of the UK's most popular seaside towns, Bournemouth has Blue Flag beaches, quality accommodation, outdoor adventure, award-winning festivals and family fun.

Bournemouth has seven miles of glorious sandy beach with extensive views out to Hengistbury Head and to the start of the Jurassic Coast at Old Harry.  Bournemouth developed as a seaside resort in the 19th century with the arrival of the railway and the recognition of the health promoting properties of its sea air. It is now one of the most well-known resorts in Britain attracting millions of visitors every year.

Attractions in Bournemouth include the Russel Cotes Museum and Art Gallery and the Oceanarium, both on the waterfront.  There is a land train along the promenade and lifts from the cliffs down to the beach.  Bournemouth Pier houses an activity centre with an obstacle course, a climbing wall and a zip line.  Just short strolls from the beach are Bournemouth’s grade II listed Victorian gardens featuring a rock garden, an aviary and plant species from three continents. The town centre has a mix of well-known high street shops and independent stores.