Bournemouth Balloon (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30713600%40N00/6271974065)

Bournemouth Balloon

Bournemouth has a huge range of attractions for every age group and every budget. The Littledown Centre is Bournemouth's best leisure centre with a gym for children, one for adults and an on-site park which has a one-mile running trail, a paddling pool, a duck lake, a high rope course and a miniature railway. From swimming and spa facilities to waterslides and lots of indoor sports, this facility set within 47 acres of parkland is a brilliant place to visit.

For an even bigger high rope challenge, visit the Moors Valley Country Park and Go Ape!, with a junior course for children over four. The Bournemouth Cliff Lifts operate every day during the summer, offering easy travel between the cliff tops and the beach, and are well worth a ride for the far-reaching views. Ride the Fisherman's Walk lift to the cliff top cafe and play area, the East Cliff Lift for travel to the Russell-Cotes Museum, or the West Lift to the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). Other Bournemouth attractions include the Genting Casino and the Westover Gallery, both offering very different ways to spend an afternoon or evening. Find Bournemouth accommodation online now and plan your holiday itinerary.

Oceanarium Bournemouth

Oceanarium Bournemouth

Bournemouth Balloon & Oceanarium

For a different view of Bournemouth and the east Dorset coast take a balloon ride from the Lower Gardens! The giant helium Bournemouth Balloon will take you up to 500 feet for views stretching for 20 miles around Bournemouth, the English Channel and surrounding countryside. The enclosed gondola beneath the balloon holds up to 28 passengers, with space to move around and panoramic views for all. Light wheelchairs can also be brought aboard. Book online and reserve your boarding pass prior to your visit.

Bournemouth Oceanarium is a popular family attraction on Bournemouth's seafront. You can find out all about the underwater wildlife from all over the world. Different display areas feature animals from their respective watery habitats including the Amazon, The Ganges and the Great Barrier Reef. There are touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks and a walk-through underwater tunnel.

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

On top of the hill in East Cliff is the imposing Victorian villa that houses the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. It's a mix of Italianate villa and Scottish Baronial pile set in landscaped grounds that include a Japanese garden. There is a mix of permanent and regularly changing exhibitions in the art gallery.

The villa was one of the last Victorian buildings to be constructed, and was created and decorated by Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes who were keen art collectors. The villa itself is open to visitors where you can see some of the vastly luxurious decoration including hand-painted stained glass and covings featuring Japanese inspired swallows and peacocks. In the main hall you'll find the sun design mosaic fountain that reflects the stunning zodiac sign stained glass in the skylight above.

Accommodation in Bournemouth

  • Hamworthy   (6.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Haven holiday park near Poole offering wonderful sea-views, excellent leisure facilities, entertainment, restaurants & kid's clubs. Short break deals. Dog friendly at a fee.
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  • Bournemouth   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Travelodge hotel in Bournemouth just over 3 miles from the Airport and station. Easy access to the beach & attractions with free parking, WiFi and double rooms. Restaurant adjacent
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    With a stay at Royal Bath Hotel Bournemouth in Bournemouth, you'll be minutes from Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Bournemouth Pavillion Theater. This 4-star hotel is w...
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  • Christchurch   (6.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Stylish beachfront holiday park on the Dorset Coast overlooking Christchurch Harbour with spacious caravans & apartments, outdoor pool, playground, gym & family bar. Sleep 4-8.
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  • Wimborne Minster   (6.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Beautifully presented retreat for 2 close to the amenities of Wimborne Minster with lovely outdoor seating area & scenic riverside walks nearby. Wi-Fi, parking, close to amenities.
     
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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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  • 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   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Modern two bedroom apartment in Bournemouth just minutes from the town centre and beach with off road parking. Communal outdoor heated pool and gardens.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Well appointed Bournemouth hotel with great value guest rooms for solo stays, couples, families & groups. Onsite leisure club, function facilities & free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly.
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  • Organford   (9.0 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Family friendly Poole holiday park close to wonderful sandy beaches & the New Forest. Kid's clubs, entertainment, indoor & outdoor pools, Skylite Bar & tennis. Dog friendly.
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