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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

  • Poole   (3.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Traditional family run B&B in the Poole area, ideal for business, leisure and families with WiFi, free off road parking and a great location near beaches and amenities.
     
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  • Boscombe   (1.6 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Superb hotel accommodation in Bournemouth close to Boscombe Beach with excellent reviews, free WiFi and a range of room types. Varied breakfast menu and private parking.
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  • Christchurch   (4.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £310
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    Town house accommodation in Christchurch offering self-catering holiday homes furnished to a high standard. Great for families, couples, singles and groups.
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  • 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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  • Southbourne   (2.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Woodland House is ideally situated in a quiet tree-lined avenue in Bournemouth, offering bed and breakfast accommodation for up to 4 guests, ideal for families. Wi-Fi & parking.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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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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  • Bournemouth   (3.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Two self contained apartments in an original Bournemouth Victorian house close to beach. Onsite parking. Use of large garden. WiFi. One apt sleeps up to 4, the other up to 6
     
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  • Corfe Mullen   (6.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Family home offering 3 star bed & breakfast near Poole, 5 miles from the Dorset coast. Twin and single rooms. Games room and WiFi available. Full English breakfast and garden.
     
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  • Poole   (1.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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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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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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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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