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An attractive town in the southern county of Dorset, Bournemouth is renowned for its seven miles of golden shore and has become a tourist-magnet in the summer months. Though its pleasant reputation makes it popular with elderly visitors, more than 40 clubbing venues and seven distinct shopping areas also bring in the young holidaymakers for city breaks throughout the year. Historically Bournemouth was an upper-class retreat but the town expanded in the 19th century, covering nearby areas of Westbourne and Boscombe and it now boasts a population of more than 160,000. Today you can enjoy the arts at the Russell-Cotes Gallery or the famous Pavilion Theatre, explore the stunning countryside of the New Forest or simply enjoy some fish and chips along the sea-front. Whatever your pleasure, Bournemouth manages to tick all the right boxes.
Whether you're after a beach-front guest house or a luxury suite, Bournemouth's range of accommodation caters for all tastes. Traditional B & Bs can be found within walking distance of the centre, from 2-star to 5-star quality, many with their own cosy style and home-cooked meals. Meanwhile, there are hotels for all budgets and requirements throughout Bournemouth, offering everything from doorstep shopping districts to panoramic ocean views. Neighbouring vicinities of Poole and Christchurch are good alternatives for accommodation, along the same award-winning stretch of Dorset coastline.
Bournemouth is accessible by road from most parts of the country and railway and coach stations are situated in the centre, with regular trains to Reading and Birmingham. The resort is well-serviced by buses, linking nearby Salisbury and Swanage and there are local taxis available for hotel transfers to and from nearby Bournemouth International Airport.