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The 8 Best (And Most) Unusual Things to Do in Bournemouth

Located on the south coast of England, Bournemouth is a charming seaside town with a surprising number of hidden gems not too far up its sleeve.

With plenty of sunshine, miles of sandy beaches, and a vast array of attractions, Bournemouth is an excellent destination for tourists looking for an unforgettable adventure - and can also make a great destination for your first taste of fleeing the nest for the wonders of University life.

Whether you're looking to soak up some rays on seven miles of golden sand or explore some of the area's many cultural sites, there's something for everyone in Bournemouth - and we put together the ultimate reasons you should stick around and check out the sites.

1. Take a Stroll Along Bournemouth Pier

One of the most popular sites in Bournemouth is the pier, which offers a range of activities for everyone. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to clear your head, or enjoy an afternoon of outdoor activities such as mini-golf and crazy golf - no matter your preference, there's plenty to do here to keep your whole group happy and engaged.

You can also take a ride on the Bournemouth Eye Ferris wheel at the other end of the pier for some stunning views over the beach and town - this can be a perfect choice for a romantic first date or to make a great impression on someone special!

2. Climb to the Top of Highcliffe Castle

History buffs can get their fix just outside the main area of Bournemouth - Highcliffe Castle, located in Christchurch, is an incredible sight to behold - and you can explore this stunning ruin from the inside and enjoy some great views of the surrounding area. The castle dates back to the 17th century and has been painstakingly restored over the years. It is now open to the public, who can explore the castle grounds and get a taste of history, and even take a guided tour to learn more about the castle's fascinating past.

3. Go Shopping at The Triangle Centre

If you're looking for some retail therapy, then Bournemouth has you covered - the town is home to The Triangle Centre, which boasts a huge range of high-street shops and designer boutiques.

The Triangle Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Bournemouth, and you can spend hours here browsing the many stores - whether you're looking for the perfect outfit to wear tonight, the latest in tech and electronics or some crafty art supplies, The Triangle Centre has it all! The spot is also home to a host of restaurants and bars, making it the perfect place to unwind and hang out after a long day.

Bournemouth Shopping Arcade

4. Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Another great way to pass the time in Bournemouth is to visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. This incredible museum has a huge collection of art and antiques, with pieces from all over the world - so if you're an art lover, this is definitely worth a visit!

The museum also has some fascinating exhibitions, and guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about the history of the pieces - this can be a great way to really understand what you are seeing and spark your interest and knowledge of local history, as well as some stunning artworks.

5. Relax on Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth beach is a great spot for those looking for some relaxation and fun in the sun - the seven miles of golden sand make it perfect for beach sports and activities, such as volleyball or frisbee, and you can even hire a kayak or paddleboard to explore the coastline, offering a chance to marvel at the stunning views.

Plus, if you're a fan of seafood, then you'll be in luck - Bournemouth Beach has some delicious seafood restaurants, perfect for those looking to sample some of the local cuisine!


6. Explore the Jurassic Coastline

For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, visiting the Jurassic Coastline is an essential part of Bournemouth life. Famous for its incredible geology, this stunning coastline includes some fascinating rock formations, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area on foot or by boat.

You can also participate in activities such as fossil hunting or birdwatching - you never know what treasures you might find hidden deep in the cliffs.

7. Enjoy a Performance at The Pavilion Theatre

The Pavilion Theatre is one of Bournemouth's best theatres, and it is renowned for its excellent productions, including a great variety of musicals and comedies - this is a great chance to try something new and experience all that the world of art has to offer. You can also catch some top-class live music acts at the theatre, so make sure you check out what's on and see if you can grab a great last-minute deal; you never know what may end up being your new favourite production!

8. Go for a Visit to Bournemouth Gardens

Another great way to get some fresh air and explore the beauty of Bournemouth is to visit the town's many gardens. The Lower Gardens are a particularly popular spot, as here you'll find a variety of flowerbeds, tranquil ponds and several unique greenhouses - perfect for getting some peace and quiet or for taking some incredible photos. This is also a perfect chance to just kick back, relax and unwind - try taking a good book, a sketchpad, or even just a journal and allowing your creativity to be inspired.

Bournemouth Gardens

What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you're looking for culture and history, a chance to enjoy beach life or some serious shopping and dining with friends, Bournemouth has it all. With so much to see and do, you'll never be bored in this vibrant seaside destination - so why not take the chance to call this town by the seaside your new home and enjoy the array of opportunities that emerge all year round.

Reserve your space at the Lulworth Student Company today and enjoy life within our high-quality, student accommodation for Bournemouth University, AUB and AECC, within walking distance of the city centre.