A brilliantly British seaside town full of culture and entertainment
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A coastal gem attracting holiday-makers and tourists year-round, Bournemouth is a fantastic destination whatever the weather. Stunning beaches and artisan cafés are full to the brim in summer time, and during the winter Bournemouth’s great shopping facilities and abundance of entertainment venues keep people coming back for more. Whether you want to chill out at the beach or dance the night away in a bar, Bournemouth’s got your back.
Bournemouth Station is located a short 10-minute bus ride from the city centre.
Whether you want the latest trends, unique antiques, vintage clothing, or local artisan products, Bournemouth’s a great place to shop. The centre of Bournemouth is pedestrianised making it perfect for browsing, and there’s plenty of cafés and restaurants to stop off for a refreshment. Make sure you check out Pokesdown, a fascinating vintage quarter situated on Christchurch Road. The town is also home to Castlepoint, the UK’s biggest shopping park. Alternatively, if you’re looking for boutique shops with a more traditional feel, you can head out of the centre and into the suburbs. Boscombe is full of retro boutiques and cafés, while Southbourne is home to quirky arts and crafts shops and galleries.
Whether you want some fresh seafood, your favourite chain restaurant or a traditional cream tea, Bournemouth will provide. Located on the coast, it’s no surprise that Bournemouth serves up some of the best seafood in the country. Enjoy plump juicy prawns in a gourmet restaurant or greasy fish and chips on the beachfront; whatever you choose, you can’t leave Bournemouth without sampling some fresh fish. Head to Winton or Charminster for some tasty international cuisine; you’ll find everything from Italian and Indian, to Lebanese and Mexican. If you’re looking for a night out, Bournemouth’s bustling town centre is home to many pubs and clubs, as well as more intimate cocktail venues.
The waves that lap on the shore of the beautiful beaches of Bournemouth are some of the warmest in the UK but that’s not the only reason people have flocked here for centuries. Bournemouth Pier is a day out in itself with traditional attractions and pulse-racing activities for all ages. Or why not take a stroll through some of Bournemouth’s gardens which are well-kept and a peaceful hub away from the lively town? If it’s raining, no fear, there’s plenty of museums, galleries and even an aquarium to keep you entertained. The town has two theatres showing a variety of performances throughout the year, or, if cinema is more your thing, Bournemouth is home to the UK’s first 6D cinema, so you can see, hear and feel your film.
As Bournemouth Station is step-free throughout, it is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Along with assistance reaching platforms for those who require it, passengers will also have access to accessible ticket machines, counters and ramps to reach trains.
Bournemouth Station is serviced by many bus routes linking it to the city centre and the surrounding areas. There is no taxi rank available at the station, although local taxis can be booked in advance.
For further information about Bournemouth Station, check out our station guide.
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