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Alum Chine Beach

Lower, Central & Upper Gardens

Bournemouth's seafront gardens are great places to stroll, to catch events and shows, and to simply enjoy the great Bournemouth weather. Including exhibition areas, bandstand, aviary, and lots more, these famous Victorian parks are a fantastic walk from seafront to town, with interesting and imaginatively constructed year-round planting and bedding displays. The Lower Garden's Pine Walk and terraced rock garden (one of the largest rock gardens in England) are certainly worth a tour. The rock garden itself is Grade 2 listed (as are much of the gardens). The Rock Garden is constructed of Welsh limestone and is home to many exotic species. In the Central Garden, why not try the free Tree Trail - great to encourage children to learn how to recognise trees in a fun setting.

Central & Lower Gardens in Bournemouth

Central & Lower Gardens in Bournemouth

Chine Gardens

Alum Chine is the biggest of the four chines in Bournemouth. Chines are steep river valleys cut into the cliffs. In Bournemouth these have often been planted up with gardens and have shaded paths running through them which can be welcome relief from the summer sun. Alum Chine has tropical gardens originally planted up in the 1920s with evergreen oaks, yuccas and oddities like Australian bottlebrush. The wave-shaped dry stone walls are made from Portland stone - their initial use was as an embankment for the local fishermen. Follow the Tropical Plant Trail and see exotic species from around the world. Alum Chine is off Mountbatten Road in Westbourne and nearby is Argyll Gardens on West Overcliff Drive. Award-winning Boscombe Chine Gardens is situated just south of Christchurch Road. There is also a southern entrance next to Boscombe Pier. Boscombe is very popular with families featuring a games area, children's play area with water feature, lots of beautiful bedding and planting, a cafe, mini golf, a nature reserve and a mini land train.

Accommodation in Bournemouth

  • Alum Chine   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Elegant Victorian hotel in Bournemouth just 200 metres from the sea with ground floor rooms, discounts for senior citizens. Pets welcome, Licensed bar & Parking
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £25
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    Stylish Bournemouth hotel just minutes from beaches and town centre. Family run and cosy with private parking and all ensuite rooms. Families and group bookings welcome. Free Wi-Fi
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  • Poole   (1.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £800
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    Stylish Dorset Lodge, with self- catering facilities and decked patio area with a barbecue. Close to the beach, private onsite parking and WiFi access. Children welcome.
     
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  • Poole   (3.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £30
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    Family friendly Poole B&B with free parking and WiFi. Ideally located for the Channel ferry crossing, award-winning beaches and family attractions. Daily breakfast.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £343
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    Attractive range of pet friendly cottages in and around Bournemouth. Great facilities such as enclosed gardens, open fires, parking & Wi-Fi. Close to beaches & country walks.
     
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  • Christchurch   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 6
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    £600
    per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
     
    Modern self catering cottage accommodation close to Mudeford Quay & Christchurch. 3 bedrooms, parking, Freeview TV, wifi. Private slipway, storage for kayaks/ windsurfers. Sleeps 6
     
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  • Bournemouth   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 7
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    £280
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    Well equipped apartments near the beach, with use of the hotel's leisure facilities including an indoor pool and hot tub. Ample parking, free WiFi and self catering facilities.
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  • Christchurch   (5.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 4
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    £295
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    5* luxury Dorset self catering holiday cottage in Christchurch, on the edge of the New Forest. Family friendly with large gardens & spacious rooms. Sleeps 4 +
     
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  • Poole   (6.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £240
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
     
    Beautifully presented two or three bedroom holiday homes in Poole inc two with private sun terraces. Modern kitchens, shower rooms, double sofa bed. On site leisure facilities.
     
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  • Poole   (4.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 11
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    £300
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleep 2-11
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    Poole's premium letting specialists offer a choice of luxury self catering accommodation ideal for short breaks, holidays & long lets. Family & pet friendly properties. Sleep 2-11
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