"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile (153 km) World Heritage Site. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of over 400,000.

Before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a health resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Dr Granville's book, The Spas of England. Bournemouth's growth really accelerated with the arrival of the railway and it became a recognised town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, giving it autonomy from Dorset County Council although it remains however part of the ceremonial county. The local council is Bournemouth Borough Council.

The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202 feet (62 m) spire of St Peter's Church, one of three Grade I listed churches in the borough, is a local landmark. Bournemouth's location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife. The town is also a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC, and a financial sector that is worth more than a £1,000 million in Gross Value Added.

Local authority: Bournemouth Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SZ085911

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Things to see and do in and around Bournemouth

  • The Bournemouth Eye
  • Bournemouth Eye
  • Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium
  • RockReef
  • Oceanarium
  • Laser Quest Bournemouth
  • Curious About Bournemouth
  • Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth
  • Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf
  • Bowlplex Branksome
  • Slades Farm Skate Park
  • Littledown Centre
  • Littledown Miniature Railway
  • The Streetwise Safety Centre
  • Giggles Play Centre
  • Sandbanks Crazy Golf
  • The Big Canoe
  • Whitecliff Play Area
  • Splashdown
  • Bowlplex Tower Park
  • Prevail Skatehouse
  • Lemur Landings
  • The Ark
  • Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground
  • The Alice in Wonderland Family Park
  • Adventure Wonderland
  • Bournemouth Aviation Museum
  • Poole Pottery and Factory Outlet
  • The Dolphin Swimming Pool
  • Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre

Tourist Information

Bournemouth
Tourist Information Centre
Westover Road
Dorset
England
BH1 2BU

Phone 0845 051 1700
Email info@bournemouth.gov.uk
http://www.bournemouth.co.uk

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 30 March

06:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 8mph.
SSW
Pressure 1020
Humidity 82%
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09:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 7mph.
SSW
Pressure 1020
Humidity 72%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SSE
Pressure 1019
Humidity 65%
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15:00


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 67%
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18:00


Chance of rain 41%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
ESE
Pressure 1015
Humidity 75%
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21:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 5mph.
SSE
Pressure 1013
Humidity 79%
UV Index n/a
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