Bournemouth Balloon Rides

Bournemouth Balloon Rides

Bournemouth on the Dorset coast is one of the UK's most popular seaside resorts situated just east of the Jurassic Coast - a World Heritage Site. The largest settlement in Dorset, it dates largely from Victorian and Edwardian times, and retains much of its Art Deco architecture. Attractions include fabulous award-winning beaches, a stunning pier, coastal chines, balloon rides and an aquarium. The resort is popular with families and party groups, offering a vibrant nightlife and a variety of accommodation options.

Beautiful beach at Bournemouth

Beautiful beach at Bournemouth

Things to Do

With its seven long miles of golden sandy beaches, and stunning pier, Bournemouth is a superb location for watersports holidays, and features an award-winning aquarium and gardens, a modern shopping centre, an impressive arts scene centred around the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, and a packed programme of year round festivals and events. Around Bournemouth are the watersports capitals of Dorset, Poole to the West and Christchurch to the east - where you can try your hand at sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and powerboating. Long stretches of family-friendly beaches string along the coast from Sandbanks in Poole all the way along to Highcliffe east of Christchurch, and there’s so much to do with activities ranging from premier golf to indoor world Splashdown, family theme parks and high ropes adventure. The Bournemouth International Centre hosts exhibitions and conferences from all over the world as well as international rock and pop acts. Across the way is The Pavilion Theatre where entertainment includes comedians, rock, pop and classical concerts including those performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Tropical gardens & palm tree lined walkways

Tropical gardens & palm tree lined walkways

Getting Here

Bournemouth Airport with flights to and from many European destinations is a fast, easy route in for international visitors. It's easy to leave the car behind and reach this popular Dorset resort by coach or train. National Express operate coaches to Bournemouth from a variety of locations in the UK, and once in Bournemouth you've access to an excellent bus network including many fast hop on/hop off tourist bus routes running from Bournemouth centre to Poole and Christchurch. Rail links to Bournemouth's two stations - the central Main Station and Pokesdown to the East - are extensive, operating from numerous locations across the UK including London Waterloo with a journey time of just 97 minutes. Ferry services at Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth are within easy reach, and if you are arriving by car, it's a pleasant drive via the M3, the M27 and across the New Forest via the A31 to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier

Where to stay

Seaside accommodation in Bournemouth caters for all tastes and budgets. The resort has hundreds of classic hotels, friendly seaside B&Bs, luxury coastal apartments, lodges and cottages, and a good choice of family friendly holiday parks. Around the seafront Chines you'll find a selection of stunning Victorian and Edwardian hotels and guest houses, or opt for a cliff top apartment with terrace and glorious sea views. Luxurious contemporary town houses ideal for families are widely available either side of the centre near Poole and Christchurch, and in the heart of the resort you'll find an excellent choice of modern apartments near shops, attractions and beaches. Many Bournemouth apartment complexes feature onsite spa leisure facilities and restaurants.

B&Bs in Bournemouth

  • 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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  • 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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  • Boscombe   (1.6 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £35
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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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Hotels in Bournemouth

  • Alum Chine   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £26
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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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  • East Cliff   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £54
    Per person, per night (seasonal)
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    Macmillan hotel in Bournemouth, with disabled facilities and an onsite nurse. Free local daytrips, large lawn garden and 24/7 room service. Free WiFi, ample onsite parking.
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  • Poole   (4.8 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £50
    Per Room (Amend up to 1pm on arrival day)
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    Poole quality budget family friendly hotel accommodation. Discount room rates available for families and business travellers. Only one mile to town centre.
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  • Poole   (4.6 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
     
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    Situated on Poole Quay, this modern hotel overlooks Poole Harbour. Thistle Poole is a family-friendly hotel with 2 bars, a spacious terrace and an award-winning restaurant.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.8 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £138
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    With a stay at Suncliff Hotel in Bournemouth, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, and close to Bournemouth Pavillion Theater. This beac...
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  • Christchurch   (4.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £129
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    Modern waterfront hotel in Christchurch with luxury guest rooms, spa, swimming pool, great restaurant & licensed bar.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
     
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    Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Parking (subject to charges) is conveniently located nearby.
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  • Christchurch   (6.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £80
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    Best Western hotel with family rooms and conference facilities in Christchurch. Popular wedding venue, large garden, licensed bar
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