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Getting cheap tickets to Bournemouth

With our affordable coach tickets to Bournemouth, you can sample the sights and sounds of this fun resort town with plenty of spare cash in your wallet. In fact, with our Coachcards and extra discounts if you book in advance, there’s never been a better time to book cheap tickets to Bournemouth.

Browse our list of things to do and start planning your travel adventure on the south coast.

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Events in Bournemouth

Get inspired with some of these fantastic events coming soon...

Arts by the Sea Festival

Check out the fun side of art on the coast this Autumn as Arts by the Sea Festival takes over Bournemouth. From Titan the Robot and kids' comedy to bands on stilts and Mad Max Prams, you'll find all kinds of whacky and wonderful shows and performances to keep you amused.

29 September - 6 October 2018 - Various locations

Other events

Don't miss these other great events in Bournemouth this year:

  • Steampunk Street Market - 30 September 2018
    • The popular Metropole Market is back with its array of street performances, eye-catching stalls and live music to offer a whole new kind of market experience. September's theme is steampunk so expect all sorts of weird and wonderful characters. Dress up is encouraged!
  • One World by the Sea Festival - 11-13 October 2018
    • This extravaganza of street food, dance, live music, sport and more aims to embrace and celebrate the diversity and world cultures in the coastal regions. Why not try something new in Bournemouth this October?
  • Shelley Frankenstein Festival - 31 Oct-4 Nov 2018
    • Kick off Halloween weekend the right way at the Shelley Frankenstein Festival, honouring Bournemouth's own Shelley family and the creation of Mary, the groundbreaking novel, Frankenstein.

More things to do in Bournemouth

With its gorgeous sandy beaches, historic charms and fun leisure activities, there is no shortage of things to do in Bournemouth. Here’s what we recommend for your next travel excursion to this charming Dorset town.

Where to eat

Nick The Fish

No trip to the seaside is complete without fish, chips and mushy peas, so by that measurement alone, Nick The Fish is one of the best restaurants in Bournemouth. Either book a table for the dining experience, or grab a takeaway and eat at your leisure. Nick The Fish offers beautifully made simple cuisine, and is a popular fixture of the local food scene.

Key West Restaurant

To sample the local cuisine at one of the best restaurants in Bournemouth, head to the very edge of the town’s iconic pier. Key West Restaurant has incredible views of the surrounding bay, with a sun terrace where you can sit back and relax. A large restaurant with space for up to 180 guests, you can try the popular Sunday carvery or daily seafood platters and dine beneath a beautiful domed ceiling.

The Stable

For pizza lovers, The Stable is arguably number one when it comes to choosing the best restaurants in Bournemouth. Expect artisan sourdough pizzas to suit all tastes, including gluten-free and vegan options. There are 80 varieties of cider to try, and locals love Tuck In Tuesday, with selected pizzas, side salads and a drink for just £10.

Where to drink

The sky is the limit

One of the best places to sample the town’s nightlife is at Level8ight – The Sky Bar, located on the eighth floor of the Hilton Bournemouth. Here, you can order cocktails, fine wines and premium spirits in a unique setting overlooking the town and the English Channel. If you’re feeling peckish, order the fresh seafood or a small side plate to accompany your drinks.

Shoot pool and watch the footy

Sharkey’s Sports Bar on Christchurch Road is a great place to enjoy Bournemouth’s nightlife. Here, you’ll find American and English pool tables, darts boards and a telly to watch the football. It’s an ideal spot for starting a night out in Bournemouth.

Twist and shout at 1812

At the Royal Exeter Hotel is one of Bournemouth’s premier nightclubs – 1812. The venue doubles-up as a restaurant and live music venue, offering visitors a brilliant night out in Bournemouth. Try the delicious cocktails concocted by the resident mixologists, then dance the night away until the early hours.

Where to shop

Westover Road

This bustling thoroughfare is billed as ‘Bournemouth’s Bond Street’, and with a range of options for luxury shopping, it’s easy to see why. Robert Old 1909 sells smart men’s clothing for formal occasions, while Moss Bros and House of Fraser are familiar high street standard bearers. In the downtime, enjoy the Ben & Jerry’s parlour or have a browse in the Westover Gallery.

Castlepoint shopping centre

Away from the town centre, Castlepoint shopping centre is a pleasant place to browse national chain stores and pick up some affordable gifts and luxury wares. Here you’ll find more than 40 high street brands including the likes of Marks & Spencer, Gap and Topshop where you can pick up a bargain or two.

Westbourne

Bournemouth is packed with Victorian charms, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Westbourne, a shopping arcade located to the west of the town centre. You’ll find a wide selection of boutique stores for affordable and luxury gifts, and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. The shopping arcade is open all-year round and offers an alternative to the more modern Castlepoint shopping centre.

Top tourist attractions

Bournemouth Beach

Of all the top tourist attractions in Bournemouth, the 7 miles of golden sands are undoubtedly number one. Famed for their cleanliness and high environmental standards, Bournemouth’s long stretch of coastline has retained its Blue Flag status since the accreditation began in 1996. If you’re exploring around the middle of town, Bournemouth Central Beaches is the place to start, with its seafront attractions, cafés, restaurants and historic pier. A little further afield you’ll find Alum Chine beach, known for its wonderful Tropical Gardens.

The Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

On your sightseeing tour of Bournemouth, summon your inner tourist with a visit to The Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. The former home of two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts, this cliff-top villa features a collection of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art. The museum and gallery is one of Bournemouth’s top tourist attractions, and deservedly so.

Oceanarium

The fantastic Oceanarium, the Bournemouth Aquarium, is home to hundreds of sea life creatures and is one of the most inspiring places to visit in the town. The creatures on display include sharks, giant sea turtles and newly arrived penguins.

Things to do for kids

Indulge their explorers’ instinct in the New Forest

For a family-friendly day out, there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than a visit to the New Forest National Park just outside Bournemouth. Free-roaming ponies are just one of the delights at this sprawling beauty spot, which is home to dozens of rare UK wildlife species. For unbeatable family fun, enjoy more than 200 acres of unspoilt nature at your own pace, or have a bite to eat in the restaurant.

Hop aboard the Land Train and inspire the kids

Bournemouth’s unique Land Train is one of the top kids’ attractions, and the perfect way to take in this historic coastal city at an unhurried pace. The trip takes in many of Bournemouth’s landmark sites, including the pier, the regal Boscombe Gardens and the beautiful views from Chine Beach.

Let them splash to their hearts’ content

Whatever the weather, Splashdown Waterpark is a great family day out in Bournemouth. Located on the town’s northern fringes on the way to Poole, Splashdown has 12 different water slides, rides and flumes. It offers a memorable day out for kids of all ages, and also features spa pools and Jacuzzis where parents can relax while the children play.

Bournemouth in one day

Stroll on the beach and take in the views

If you’re a tourist for the day in Bournemouth, start with a walk through the lovely Lower Gardens towards the central beach. Once you’ve enjoyed the sights and sounds of the pier, stroll on the golden sands of this award-winning stretch.

Take the Land Train to Boscombe Beach

A trip on the Land Train is a great way to see Bournemouth’s top attractions. At the revitalised Boscombe Beach you can enjoy watersports, bouldering and tennis, or enjoy the views of the English Channel.

Dine on the pier for the evening meal

The town’s historic pier, built in 1880, is the perfect place to end your day out in Bournemouth. Book a table at Key West Restaurant and watch the sun set over the ocean.

Bournemouth hidden gems

Jammin Jerk Hut

In neighbouring Boscombe, off-the-beaten-path, you’ll find Jammin Jerk Hut, an awesome Jamaican-themed establishment serving delicious jerk chicken, curry goat, plantain and authentic Caribbean cuisine. It’s one not to miss.

Southbourne beach

Venture off-the-beaten-track to explore some of the hidden gems like Southbourne beach, a twenty-minute walk from Boscombe with adventure golf, a cliff lift and ice cream stalls.

Christchurch Castle

Grade I listed Christchurch Castle is a remarkable example of a Norman domestic dwelling and a real treat for history lovers.

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