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Sitting on the south-coast, 90 miles from London, Bournemouth was a favourite spa resort of the Victorians and, thanks to its sweeping coastline and a particularly warm micro-climate, it’s just as pleasant a spot to visit today.
Many cheap hotels in Bournemouth are right by the sea, meaning that you can take in the magnificence of the town’s seven miles of sandy beach and dramatic cliff faces in comfort. And if you venture a little further out of town, you’ll find yourself among the natural wonders of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile long stretch of beach that’s full of fossils and peculiar rock formations, including the picture-postcard Durdle Door in nearby Lulworth.
As you’d expect of a town with such a rich history of tourism, the staff at the hotels in Bournemouth are able to point you in the direction of the best local attractions. Oceanarium, the town’s aquarium, has won plenty of awards for its charming, impressive and occasionally terrifying sealife, and the residents of the primate rescue centre at Monkeyworld are full of character.
It may not be California, but the sparkling waters around the town have attracted their own thriving surf culture, and there are several surf schools in the area. Also the Boscombe Coastal Activity Park offers a range of activities that’ll suit all ages and abilities, including bodyboarding, snorkelling and yoga on the beach.
Green and pleasant
With more than 2000 acres of parks and gardens, the town has a particularly lush and tranquil feel, and with many cheap Bournemouth hotels sitting within leafy grounds, you can look forward to a peaceful stay. The Upper, Lower and Central Gardens are all Grade 2 listed Victorian parks, with plenty to see and do, while the cliff-side tropical garden at Alum Chine is a fun spot to get lost in.
There’s plenty to see in the attractive county of Dorset, including the cultural venues of Poole and world-famous sailing of Weymouth and Portland Harbour. And with excellent transport links throughout the region, your Bournemouth hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring the beautiful New Forest National Park. Perhaps somewhat misleadingly named, the forest actually dates back to the time of William the Conqueror, but its unspoilt woodland, charming tea rooms and native ponies, as well as attractions like the motoring museum at Bealieu, are bound to enchant.