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Bournemouth is an elegant, pine-fringed coastal resort in a south facing sheltered bay with seven miles of golden sands on the south coast of England.

The town is set in the attractive Dorset countryside designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty", with the Dorset Heritage Coast and The New Forest within easy reach.

There are several no-smoking beaches, four miles of dog free sands and zoned watersports.

Bistros, bars and family diners are much in evidence along the mainly traffic free promenade.

The area has attractions for visitors of all ages.

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The town's mainly Victorian architecture is complemented by a lively cosmopolitan street scene, interesting shops and a variety of nightlife and theatres. The award winning pleasure gardens flank the Bourne stream for two miles and provide a pine scented stage for some of the many free festivals and events taking place in Bournemouth 100 days of the year.

More than 60m has been invested in leisure developments, including 2D and 3D IMAX complex, and a new look square laced with palm trees and Edwardian street furniture, giving the town a more continental feel.

Bournemouth is made up of several distinct districts, each with its own style and pace. All the areas are within easy reach of the town centre and can be reached by bus or promenade train.


Since the stone age, man has been creating majestic structures that we still marvel at today. Whether you are interested in ancient monuments, battlefield sites, re-enactments, Roman and Norman forts and castles, Stately Homes, Country Houses, Historic Cathedrals, Ruined Abbeys etc, this is the page that should give you the information you need.

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Church of the Sacred Heart (R.C)

Here we try to list properties in private ownership but open to the public (even if only occasionally) as well as those in the care of the National Trust or English/Scottish Heritage. We know that not all the properties in Bournemouth are listed. Please help us make this guide comprehensive by giving details of missing attractions

Highcliffe Castle

Visitors Centre, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE
Tel: 01425 278807 Fax: 01425 280423

Highcliffe Castle is a grade 1 listed cliff top castle. Visitors can stroll through the grounds, enjoy the tearoom and then visit the castle which is home to a fascinating program of changing exhibitions within the stateroom galleries.

The castle has a great gift shop stocking everything from jam to jewellery. Licensed for Civil Weddings. The castle is open 1st Feb to 23rd Dec, 7 days 11am - 5pm, Grounds/tearooms open year round. Admission Charges: Adults 2, Accompanied Children FREE.

Throop Mill

Bournemouth Council, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY
Tel: 01202 451451 Fax: 01202 451000 Minicom: 01202 454728

Throop Mill was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but there has probably been a mill on the site since Saxon times. Ancient stones foundations have been discovered in the existing mill, along with coins from the reigns of George III and IV, as well as Spanish and Portuguese coins. The present building dates from the turn of the 20th Century and, although now disused, contains some fine early 20th Century milling machinery.

1 Albert Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1BZ
Tel: 01202 551013

The building designed by the architect Clutton, was opened on 5th February 1875, the architecture being a mixture of neo-gothic and neo-Norman and reflecting very much the spirit of the Victorian era. Many Catholic visitors to Bournemouth worship at the Sacred Heart and greatly appreciate its beauty and the liturgy celebrated there.

St Peter's Parish Church

Hinton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2EE
Tel: 01202 290986

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A Grade 1 listed Victorian Parish Church. famous tombs including that of Mary Shelley author of 'Frankenstein'. Dates Open: Daily 8.00am - 3.30pm (approx).

St Stephen's Church

St Stephen's Way, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6JZ
Tel: 01202 554355

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St Stephen's Church is one of the great Victorian gothic churches, built in 1881 by John Loughborough Pearson. It is open each day as a place of quiet and prayer, with daily services, visitors are always welcome. St Stephen's is famous not only as a place of great beauty and architectural significance, but also for its superb choir and beautifully conducted worship.


Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA
Tel: 01202 311993
E-mail: Web:

Ever wondered what a puffer fish looks like, wanted to stroll along a seabed of shark-infested waters or come face to face with a shoal of hungry piranhas in the heart of the Amazon rainforest? Well those are just a few of the wet and wild experiences on offer at the Bournemouth Oceanarium. The Oceanarium offers visitors the chance of a voyage of discovery through oceans and rivers! Looking for adventure? Activity Centres throughout Bournemouth offer outdoor pursuits such as climbing, canoeing, survival & adventure training, quad-biking, paint ball, survival courses, team-building exercises, assault courses, etc.


Bournemouth International Centre
Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

The Pavilion Theatre
Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BX

The Pier Theatre
Bournemouth Box Office: 0870 111 3000 Minicom: 01202 454804

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The south's premier entertainment venue for the whole family. Seasonal Ice Skating, festive pantomime, summer season spectaculars, regular rock and pop concerts, opera and ballet, kids shows much, much more.

Bournemouth Pier Arcade
Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA Tel: 01202 451791 E-mail:

The latest and best in video and slot machines at Bournemouth Pier... Modern video games - race head to head in lifelike car and horse racing simulators! Can you handle the rush of Rapid River Racer! The sheer exhilaration of jet skiing - without going in the water! All the best slot machines and one armed bandits including an over-18s area with 15 cash jackpots! Coin pushers, cranes, air hockey and children's rides!

* Information is courtesy of the Bournemouth City Council



Bonfire Night
5 November

On 5th November 1605, soldiers discovered a man called Guy Fawkes in a cellar under the Houses of Parliament. With him were at least twenty barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested and tortured. At last he gave way and told his torturers about a plot to blow up Parliament together with the king, James I, his ministers and Members of Parliament.

In 1606 Parliament agreed to make 5th November a day of public thanksgiving and ever since then the day has been celebrated with fireworks and bonfires.

The Clock Tower
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Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most popular and renowned flower show. The best in gardening and horticulture is brought together in one place for one week in May.

Piccadilly Circus
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Edinburgh International Festival

Each year the Edinburgh International Festival stages one of the greatest celebrations of the arts, attracting audiences from around the world to the city's thrilling atmosphere. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performance by internationally renowned artists as well as the joy of discovering new and unfamiliar works.

St. James Park
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Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Regatta was first held in 1839. Originally staged by the Mayor and people of Henley as a public attraction with a fair and other amusements, the emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose.

Horse Guards Parade
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London Film Festival

With a host of gala screenings, special events, The Guardian Interviews, and UK, European and World Premieres, the British Film Institute's London Film Festival is the leading non-competitive event in the international cinema calendar.

Kenwood House
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London International Boat Show

The London Boat Show is a glittering affair, with all the best in boating on display. London's Earls Court houses the international boat show with all the latest in boats, equipment, watersports and holidays.

Trafalgar Square
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London Marathon

Aside from being a natural arena for competitiveness and human achievement, the London Marathon is a huge asset to thousands of charities who enter athletes in the hope of raising money, usually on a sponsorship basis.

Waddesdon Manor
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Notting Hill Carnival

Every August Bank Holiday the Notting Hill Carnival brings London alive. The festival began as West Indian immigrants moved into the area during the fifties and is now one of the best carnivals in the UK attracting over a million people each year. The first carnival was in 1964, and grew up from the struggle between the black West Indian community and the police. Today the carnival celebrates the diverse cultures which make up Britain's identity.

Westminster Bridge
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Royal Welsh Show

This is the flagship show for WCC members. Held in the South Glamorgan Hall, which is situated close to some of the main entrances to the showground, it is also near to the livestock and show rings which attract many thousands of visitors.

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Southampton International Boat Show

The biggest and best of the season's boats is on display, as well as the latest in sailing wear, equipment and great holiday offers.

Green Park
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State Opening of Parliament

The Queen formally opens the new session of Parliament each year. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh she travels in the State Coach to the Palace of Westminster. Before the royal procession sets out, a detachment of the Yeomen of the Guard (dating from 1485, they are the oldest of the royal bodyguards) search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament. This tradition dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst preparing to blow up Parliament. Today the Yeomen are reinforced by police in their search.

The Clock Tower
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