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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With a fitness centre, a 24-hour front desk, a bar and a restaurant, the Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth also offers free WiFi access throughout. Details...
Located in Bournemouth’s town centre, The Norfolk Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the promenade and Blue Flag beach. A glass-domed pool with a steam room and a sauna are available for guests to use. Details...
Boasting stylish, individually decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi, the 4-star Bamboo Guest House is located in the centre of Bournemouth. This Grade II listed house is just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Details...
Dolphins Hotel is situated in the coastal town of Bournemouth, a 10-minute walk from the sandy beaches and Bournemouth Pier. It offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the town centre. Details...
Overlooking Bournemouth's award winning Lower Gardens, this elegant hotel is ideally situated in a tranquil position, yet within easy reach of the bustling town centre. Details...
Overlooking the pretty Lower Pleasure Gardens from a quiet cul-de-sac, Lampeter Hotel is a leisurely walk from the popular seafront and town centre. Many of central Bournemouth's sights are a few minutes’ walk away. Details...
Explorer House is a semi-detached property on the edge of the coastal town of Poole. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, consisting of one double, one twin with basin and one adult bunks room, as well as a bathroom. The cottage also has a kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area and a sitting room. Details...
The Moorings is a wonderful, detached cottage situated in a quiet residential area in Hamworthy near Poole. On the first floor, the cottage has a king-size double room, and on the ground floor, a double and a twin room. Details...
The Chalet is a detached cottage within the boundaries of the Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood in Dorset. This cosy property has three bedrooms ? a ground floor twin, a king-size double and a further twin. Details...
The Old Barn is an outstanding, stone-built barn conversion offering superb holiday accommodation near Swanage in Dorset. With three bedrooms including one ground floor double and two family rooms with one double and one single, this wonderful cottage sleeps eight people comfortably. Details...
This traditional farmhouse, situated on a working beef and sheep farm in rural east Dorset, is set close to the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire and is just one mile from the thriving community of Verwood. Details...
This cosy semi detached cottage is in the village of Milford on Sea in Hampshire, and would be an ideal base for anyone looking to enjoy a seaside holiday or a country break. Details...