Water Zorbing! (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lodekka/6280261698/)

Water Zorbing!

See the sharks at Oceanarium

See the sharks at Oceanarium

Bournemouth is a wonderful place to stay for a family holiday as there's so much for children to do! Why not try one of Bournemouth’s theatres – the Bournemouth International Centre, or the Pavilion Centre, to see if there’s a children’s show, comedy or concert you could take the kids to. They even offer ice skating! Of course, children always enjoy a trip on a beach train, a day on the beach with their own family beach hut, or a couple of hours at the amusement arcade. Water zorbing in a giant transparent hamster ball or an afternoon at the funfair are both brilliant activities for kids, and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum has a range of family activities including Seaside Adventure Trails.

The Kids Family Fun Festival, usually held in the Lower Gardens, offers free shows throughout most of the Summer holidays featuring magic, jesters, music and games. Bournemouth has around 2,000 acres of gardens and parks to explore. The gardens, parks and Chines are great locations for a family stroll. Alum Chine has an award-winning tropical garden and Boscombe Chine Gardens features a water play area, mini golf, a cafe and more.

Oceanarium - The Bournemouth Aquarium

Visit Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium with underwater world home to a host of marine life and awesome animals. The attraction is divided into ten recreated environments replicating the natural environments of species - fish, reptiles, invertegrates and mammals - which include sharks, green sea turtles, Oriental small clawed otters and colourful clownfish! Chidlren particularly marvel at the Blacktip Reef Sharks! Special events and activities run throughout the year, and there are regular talks and feeding sessions.

Family Accommodation in Bournemouth Town Centre

  • Bournemouth   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    Families welcome in this great value Bournemouth Travelodge only just over 3 miles from the station and airport with free parking, optional breakfast box and stylish double rooms.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £54
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 1078 reviews
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    Family friendly Bournemouth hotel with family rooms for 3 or 4 people including some with bunk beds. Leisure club with indoor pool, great location close to beach & attractions.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £63
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    We offer a choice of guest rooms including family accommodation at the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth. Excellent location close to the seafront. Restaurant & indoor pool.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 147 reviews
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    Family friendly Bournemouth hotel with ensuite family rooms sleeping up to four, Full English breakfast and parking. Only minutes from beaches. Cots & highchairs available.
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  • Boscombe   (1.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 133 reviews
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    Families are more than welcome at this charming Bed and Breakfast in Bournemouth. Close to the town centre and sandy beaches. Free WiFi and onsite parking available.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 5
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    £370
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    Central Bournemouth family friendly apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and off road parking. Great location just minutes from beaches. Shared outdoor pool and gardens.
     
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  • Alum Chine   (1.0 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 5
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    £795
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 61 reviews
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    Family-friendly Bournemouth self-catering apartment with a high chair and cot available on request. Close to a Blue Flag beach and children's play area.
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  • Alum Chine   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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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   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £38
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 702 reviews
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    A family friendly hotel offering bed and breakfast in Bournemouth with 75 en-suite guest rooms, swimming pools, sauna, spa, games room, bar and restaurant.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    Family friendly Bournemouth hotel set just a short walk from the wonderful sandy beaches. Indoor pool, family rooms & suites, great restaurant & parking. Landscaped garden.
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