BY THE SEA IN BOURNEMOUTH

Town Centre

Bournemouth has been a popular seaside resort ever since the Victorians came to take the sea air for their health

The English coast enjoys some of the warmest, driest and sunniest weather in the country. The gorgeous beaches stretch over seven and a half miles from Hengistbury Head to Poole's famous Sandbanks peninsula, with soft golden sands and blue flag awards. These can be explored from land trains which run back and forth from Alum Chine to Southbourne or alternatively there is an open top bus service which runs during the summer months.

Overlooking Poole Bay, Bournemouth is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in history and an ideal base for exploration. Only a short drive away is the enchanting New Forest, where you can wander amongst grazing ponies or stop for a Dorset cream tea. Or visit the picturesque countryside of Dorset with its unspoilt 95 miles of World Heritage Jurassic Coastline www.jurassiccoast.com

The whole area is a delight and after a day's sightseeing you can unwind at an al fresco coffee shop or stroll through the unrivaled beauty of over 2000 acres of exquisite Victorian gardens in the centre of town. Admire the trees and shrubs from around the world, planted to provide interest all year round. The floral bedding displays are designed to bring together vibrant colours, subtle textures and height variations.

The shopper is well catered for in Bournemouth town. High street favourites exist alongside independent stores and eyecatching boutiques. Castlepoint offers a large shopping centre on the outskirts of town

After dark the town comes alive with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shows and concerts.

Poole Harbour
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