Things to do

The are loads of activities and attractions in Bournemouth to suit every taste and age. Below are some ideas.

Cycling along the Beach

The promenade from Shore Road/Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head is approximately 10 miles long and as it is all flat it makes for perfect (and easy) cycling!

Cyclists of all ages and abilities will enjoy getting on their bike and having a leisurely ride along this beautiful stretch of coast.

And of course you do not have to cycle all of it if you don’t want too!

All that is asked is that you cycle responsibly and do not exceed 10mph. Pedestrians have priority at all times and please watch out for young children (and some excited grown ups) crossing the promenade eager to get from the beach huts onto the beach!

The Oceanarium

Take an underwater adventure around the waters of the world and come face to face with hundreds of awesome creatures.

Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with ten spectacular recreated environments.
Home to hundreds of awesome creatures; from playful penguins, stunning sharks, a curious loggerhead turtle, graceful stingrays, colourful clownfish and the very cute, Oriental small clawed otters.

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Bournemouth Pier

Visit the Bournemouth and Boscombe pier with lots of attractions for adults and children. There is a lot of seating area and a great view to the sea.

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Central & Upper Gardens

The Upper Gardens was originally laid out as a private garden for the Durrant family in the 1860s. However the lease was assigned over to Bournemouth Council shortly before the Lower gardens were laid out. The Upper gardens deviate from the theme of the other tow and has a “three continent” theme with three separate sections. The first has a European theme, the second an Asian Theme and finally the third theme is based on plant species from North America.

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Bournemouth Ferris Wheel

The Big Wheel tourist attraction is back at Pier Approach. Visitors and residents will be able to enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Bournemouth beach, pier and town from the big wheel standing more than 100 feet tall.

Take in the sensational scenes in the daytime or take a ride as the sun is about to set, the Bournemouth wheel is the perfect way to see this award-winning resort in all its glory.

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West Cliff Lift

Bournemouth’s two famous cliff lifts operate every day between Easter and the end of October. They offer easy access from the beach to the cliff tops as well as stunning views of the coast. Running on tracks, the cliff lifts are actually classed as light railways so jump on board for the most unusual railway journey of your life. The West Cliff Lift built in 1908, links the seafront with the Bournemouth International Centre the South Coast’s premier venue for entertainment shows and exhibitions.
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Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Wildlife expert, conservationist and television presenter Chris Packham officially opened the centre in April 2014. It was created to help explain the area, its history, wildlife, archaeology and geology to visitors.

Packed full of interactive displays, with lots of friendly, knowledgeable volunteers on hand, it’s a wonderful way to step back in time and see how our ancestors lived. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Lower Gardens

The Lower Gardens in Bournemouth are only a five minute walk from the main shopping centre, the beach and the pier. Visitors who walk through the gardens will be amazed by the beautiful floral displays that combine a range of colours, textures and scents. The Gardens also have plenty of activities to keep visitors busy including music at the Pine Walk bandstand, an aviary, mini golf course and an art exhibition during the summer. There is also a large rock garden which was built in the 1930s.

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