As well as your high street favourites, the coastal town of Bournemouth is home to an enormous selection of unique and unusual shops for souvenir purchases or a simple day of window shopping. The Coastal Creatives Boutique Gallery lets you take a little bit of the beach home with unique seaside crafts, driftwood furnishings and kitsch goodies, or you can visit Hengist Kites to buy a kite, landboard or buggy for a day on the sand.

Bournemouth Town Centre

Bournemouth Town Centre

Visiting late in the year you'll be able to take a walk around Bournemouth's Christmas Market open from the end of November, and of course the town offers a number of surf shops for visits in the summer. Add to this the wonderful vintage boutiques you may just happen upon whilst browsing round, and Bournemouth is truly a shopping heaven! Notable are the monthly Boscombe Vintage Market, and the retro places on Christchurch Road (the Vintage Quarter!).

Bournemouth shopping centres include the Sovereign Centre (host not only to many shops and other outlets, but also to gigs and many fun and charity-related events), the Castlepoint Shopping Centre (the LARGEST shopping park in the whole of the UK) and the Avenue (small and relaxed), all with well-known brand names. They have free car parks, but are easy to reach if you're leaving the car behind. Otherwise, take a little spare money to Bournemouth's many attractions, most of which include their own gift shops.

The tree-lined Westover Road is where you'll find the designer labels and independent boutiques. Westbourne is known for its selection of independent boutiques, patisseries and restaurants. There is also a Victorian Arcade where the original designer added gargoyles to the decoration. To the east of Bournemouth's centre is Boscombe where you'll find a good choice of antique and bric-a-brac shops amongst the pedestrian streets in Boscombe's Victorian centre.

Accommodation in Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth   (2.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    Beautiful 5 bedroom celebration property in Bournemouth ideal for groups including stag/ hen parties. 3 twin & 2 triple bedrooms, parking for 2 cars, Wi-Fi. Pet friendly.
     
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Poole   (6.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
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    £240
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    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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  • Bournemouth   (3.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 6
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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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  • 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   (6.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth)
    Sleeps 8
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    3 night Caravan/Apartment breaks. Sleep 4-8
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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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