If you are looking to plan a weekend in Bournemouth, then you have come to the right place! This 3-day Bournemouth itinerary will ensure that you have the best time in a beautiful, coastal town.
Having lived in Bournemouth since I was 5, I have grown up living close to the beach, exploring the nature and the town’s attractions. That’s why I love Bournemouth as you have the combination of the town and attractions, but then the beautiful nature reserves that are perfect for walking and living more mindfully.
Travelling To Bournemouth
Bournemouth is an easy to access town because the main train station is in walking distance from the town centre. You can catch a train from London Waterloo and arrive in Bournemouth in just an hour and 45 minutes.
Bournemouth has an airport that is a short taxi ride from the town centre. Moreover it is easily accessible by road (off the A31), no matter which direction you come from.
Bournemouth is well known for its beautiful beach. There are miles of golden sands where you can sit and relax in the sunshine. Bournemouth beach has colourful beach huts that you can rent out. There are restaurants and amusements that you can stop in on your walk along the front. So the beach is a must see for anyone who is visiting.
Bournemouth Pier has indoor activities where you can do the Clip n’ Climb – a choice of climbing walls for you to scale, a Vertical Slide drop for adrenaline junkies, Leap of Faith, Highline and the Pier Cave.
Outside, there is a Zip Pier, which is the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire, a 250 metre dual zip line; this is an unforgettable activity for thrill seekers!
Mini Golf In Bournemouth Gardens
There is an 18 hole mini course in the heart of the Lower gardens between Bournemouth Pier and the town centre. This course includes 12 accessible holes which are suitable for people with reduced mobility or those who use a wheelchair. This is a fun activity for people with a competitive streak!
The Bournemouth Westcliff Hotel is a gorgeous building where I have had the pleasure of a brunch experience with loved ones.
They serve afternoon tea every day from 2pm to 5pm in their lounge setting. You get a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, an assortment of sweet treats and unlimited tea or filter coffee. For those of you who prefer something slightly stronger, for a fee you can upgrade to bottomless prosecco!
For a lighter bite, they offer a cream tea which comprises of two scones with cream and jam along with unlimited tea and coffee.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
East Cliff Hall was the home of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes. The building of East Cliff Hall began in 1897 and was completed in its original form in 1901.
You can explore the house, garden and gallery. You can soak up all the history and culture of the beautiful art work, décor and rooms in the house as well as visit the gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.
Pit stop at Flirt Café – Take the weight off!
This recently renovated café is based in The Triangle and has been a favourite of mine for a long time. They offer a range of things to eat and drink, which you will enjoy in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole councils have actually been awarded 23 Green Flags which recognise and reward well managed parks and green spaces, which includes Hengistbury Head. Hengistbury Head has also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation.
You can ride on the land train from the Hiker Café down to Mudeford, enjoy the beaches and stop at the Visitor Centre where you can pick up environmentally-friendly souvenirs.
Indulge In Some Shopping
In Bournemouth, we are fortunate to have a large selection of shops for you to browse, or even treat yourself to an item or 2! There are shops ranging from clothes, shoes, stationery, books, gadgets and much more.
Enjoy Dinner At Coté Brasserie
The Cote is a French restaurant based in the town centre. Here, you can enjoy the regional specialities and traditional classics – there is something for everyone. It has a modern and luxurious feel. Having eaten there before, I highly recommend a visit for dinner.
Bottomless Brunch at Schpoons & Forx
Schpoons and Forx is based at the Hilton Bournemouth, which is only a short walk from the beach. They offer a bottomless brunch every Saturday with their new menu and a selection of bottomless beverages: Prosecco, Rose Prosecco, Aperol or Elderflower Spritz – something to suit all tastes; the perfect way to start your day.
The Oceanarium is the Bournemouth Aquarium situated on the beach front and is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. There are daily animal talks and feeds, interactive creature experiences and plenty of information available for you to learn about a variety of creatures.
This attraction is very popular with families and young children. There is an offshore café and a gift shop for you to enjoy.
The Lower, Central and Upper Gardens are around 3 kilometres long with a large range of scenery and activities to explore.
The Lower Gardens have attractions such as: mini golf, art exhibition and an aviary. The Central Gardens have beautiful flowers, a lovely pergola which stands over the bridge, the War Memorial, tennis courts and a café.
The Upper Gardens have a more natural feel. When you walk through the gardens, you will see several little, red bridges that cross the stream. The gardens lead to ornamental rockeries and Coy Pond.
If you fancy catching the latest films, you could head to the BH2 Leisure Complex, which is the relatively new home to the Odeon cinema.
Sit back and relax in the reclining chairs and enjoy a huge selection of sweet treats and snacks
LEVEL8IGHT – The Sky Bar
Level8ight is the highest bar in the South West. You can admire the dramatic coastal views from Hilton Bournemouth’s 8th floor. You can enjoy fine wines, cocktails, premium spirits, or even a delicious afternoon tea. Get glammed up and enjoy an evening in Bournemouth’s night life.
This is a 3 day itinerary, which will show you what an amazing seaside town like Bournemouth has to offer. Whatever the weather and season there is plenty of fun and interesting things to do in Bournemouth. Come and see for yourself!
Have you ever visited Bournemouth? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Katy Stephenson says
I went to Bournemouth a few years ago and wish I’d seen a post like this beforehand! I feel like there’s so much we missed out on and I’d love to go back!
Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com
I hope you get to come back to Bournemouth soon and can do some more fun things x
Basic With Life says
I’m speechless, I’ve been to Bournemouth a good few times over the last three years and haven’t been to any of these places apart from the beach of course. I’ll be referring to this blog post on my next visit.
I hope you get to enjoy some of these fun things on your next visit to Bournemouth. Thank you for reading and commenting.
I’ve never been down South before, and Bournemouth looks gorgeous. Thank you for sharing x
You should definitely visit Bournemouth!
My best friend from school moved to Bournemouth when we were 14 and I went with her and her family to be with her for the first few weeks. I remember going to the beautiful beach but I don’t really remember much else of what we did! I’ve always wanted to go back though, so I’ll keep your post until I do 😊
Vourneen – http://www.theplainsimplelife.com
I hope you get to visit Bournemouth soon and enjoy some of these fun things to do! Thank you for reading and commenting!
Ooh Bournemouth sounds lovely! Definitely one to add to my travel wishlist. I’d love to check out East Cliff Hall and the Oceanarium.
I definitely recommend the Russell Cotes Museum and the Oceanarium. X
Della Driscoll says
I’ve not been to Bournemouth but it sounds like a gorgeous area of the Uk to explore xx
I really recommend visiting Bournemouth. Thank you for reading and commenting xx
Jenny in Neverland says
Oh my gosh I loveeee Cote! There’s a branch near me that I go to occasionally so if I headed to Bournemouth I’d definitely have to go there.
I have me and my partner booked into Cote for our anniversary meal soon. It is lovely! Thank you for reading and commenting Jenny x
This sounds like such a lovely way to spend a few days! The gardens look beautiful. I’ve never been to Bournemouth, it was one of my backup choices for uni but never actually made it down. I’d love to visit x
I definitely recommend visiting. There is lots to do! Thank you for reading and commenting! X
I haven’t been to Bournemouth in so long, your post makes me want to go there ASAP. So many beautiful photographs, thanks for sharing!
xoxo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com
Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you get to come soon!
I have never been to Bournemouth before but it looks so pretty. I would love to visit there one day. Your photos look amazing by the way! Thank you so much for sharing x
I definitely recommend you visit! Thank you for reading and commenting. X
Bournemouth beach looks so stunning! Reminds me of Muizenberg beach here in Cape Town ! Great post for visiting amazing places in just three days.
Lisa's Notebook says
We went to Bournemouth years ago when Flora was a lot younger but I have vivid memories of the beach, gardens and Oceanarium – next time we’ll have to check out some of those fab food stops too! x
I hope you get to visit soon and can explore these ideas. Thank you for reading and commenting x
Fab suggestions! I’ve never visited Bournemouth before but it looks lovely – I’d love to visit some day. The beach, museum and shopping have all particularly intrigued me – now that sounds like my kind of trip! Thank you so much for sharing x
Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you get to visit Bournemouth soon! X
Wow, I love the beach! Thanks for this post, as I don’t get to travel much!
I hope you get to visit Bournemouth soon! Thank you for reading and commenting!
Bournemouth beach looks beautiful, I do love a walk on the beach! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
It is a beautiful beach! Hopefully you get to visit it soon! Thank you for reading and commenting.
Bournemouth is such a beautiful place! I’ll have to visit the gardens and oceanarium next time!
Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com
Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you get to visit again soon!
Jaya Avendel says
By starting with the beach, Bournemouth sounds so delightful and fresh and lovely to me! I love the idea of seeing new places and reveling not only in the sights and attractions, but also the food and people and atmosphere.
Cream tea with scones and jam sounds delicious, and the gardens sound beautiful. I have visited Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, and Tucson, Arizona, and have been amazed every time by the outlay of each place and the different forms of plant life.
Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for reading and commenting. If you ever get the chance to visit, I really recommend it.
Great post…. Bournemouth looks like a really gorgeous and serene place. I would really love to be there
Alicia Thompson says
Hello Lauren, this is a great post! I have never visited Bournemouth but it sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing a great post. Alicia
Thank you for reading and commenting x
Seriah Sargenton says
I’ve never travelled to Bournemouth, but it seems like a cool place to travel to.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog so I can have a read.
Claire Mac (@ClaireMacBlog) says
I’ve not been to Bournemouth before, it’s quite far from where I am in the North East. The pictures you have are stunning though. And I absolutely love the idea of the zip line going from the pier.
It is a great place. Hopefully it will be on the cards for you to visit soon. Thank you for reading and commenting x
Fransic verso says
I like the sound of the afternoon tea, it sounds chilled time and that’s a lovely time to have. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for reading and commenting! X
Thanks for including information about wheelchair accessibility. i was wondering if you know whether the art museum and/or aquarium feature audio tour assistance for blind tourists?
I think the Aquarium does. But not too sure about the museum as I haven’t been in a long time. You are welcome x
Never considered Bournemouth before but this makes it look cool. I want to go to the Sky Bar.
I highly recommend you visit!
Bournemouth sounds great! I want to go right now just for the zipline! I think I’d like the nature reserve too, and the sky bar sounds cool!
I definitely recommend visiting here. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Amie • The Curvaceous Vegan🎆 (@acurvyvegan) says
I haven’t been to Bournemouth in so long! I definitely want to visit asap!
I hope you get to visit soon. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Siobhan (@veganbabelife) says
Great read thanks for sharing. I’ve passed through but never really done stuff there. Siobhan ♡ | Vegan Babe Life
Thank you for reading and commenting. You definitely should stop!
I would love to visit Bournemouth! I’ve never been anywhere in England other than London (once), and this would be a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I definitely recommend you visit. Thank you for reading and commenting.
I almost did my degree in Bournemouth it is a beautiful place! The beach sounds so beautiful, thanks for sharing x
It really is beautiful isn’t it! Thank you for reading and commenting. X
I love this guide! I feel like I should have done more of these things from living in Bournemouth 🤣 I do love the mini-golf in the gardens though 🙂 x
Yeah the golf is fun isn’t it. I hope you get to try some of the other things. X
What a cracking guide! I went to Bournemouth many years ago and only had 24 hours here, but really enjoyed it. Do they still have the huge deck chair on Bournemouth beach? I loved the cute and colourful beach huts, and especially the Russell-Cotes museum 🙂 I’d love to try the bar at the top of the Hilton you mentioned with the great views, and the afternoon tea at the Westcliffe Hotel sounds divine 🙂
I can’t say I have seen it. But we now have the big wheel that you can go up in which is super fun. I have been on it a couple of times. I have had brunch at west cliff hotel, it is beautiful. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Lovely post. I’ve never been to Bournemouth but certainly want to visit now. Lots of great tips. Thanks for sharing,
I definitely recommend you visit Bournemouth.
Sounds like such a lovely trip! I am a little jealous of all the wonderful things you are going to see!
I love living here! Thank you for reading and commenting.
Monique | Life Begins At Twenty (@_lifebegins20) says
Bournemouth looks so good. Refreshing and calm. Would love to go there one day! Thanks for sharing your attractions.
It’s been years since I’ve been to Bournemouth, but it was a cold winter’s day when we were there. I might have to visit again in the summer.
I recommend coming in the Summer. There is so much to do!
Her Digital Coffee says
I can’t wait to travel again, when I do, I’ll have to follow this itinerary. This has everything I love to do! Museums, food, nature, and shopping. Great post!
You will have so much fun! I hope you get to come here soon! Thank you for reading and commenting.
This sounds like a lovely three-day trip plan! I’ve never been to Bournemouth before but the gardens look absolutely stunning 🙂
I definitely recommend you coming here, it is beautiful. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Unwanted Life says
Wait, Bournemouth has an airport? Like a proper commercial airport or one for people who own their own planes? I’ve never been to Bournemouth, but if I don’t, I’d love to check out the Sky Bar
We have an airport yes. I definitely recommend visiting!
Farah | Vegan🌱 (@worldoffaz) says
This is great I was looking to head down to Bournemouth in a couple of weeks. I am saving this.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog so I can have a read x
Ive never been to Bournemouth before but it sounds like a great place to spend a few days. I want a go on that zip wire!
I definitely recommend coming here!
Jordanne || Ofaglasgowgirl says
I’ve always wanted to go to Bournemouth, especially as a friend of mine now lives near Durley beach, it would be great to visit and see everything. This is such a great itinerary and we’ll put together. Thank you for sharing.
I hope you get to come here soon! Thank you for reading and commenting xx
Kelly Diane says
This literally sounds like the perfect itinerary. I’ve only visited Bournemouth for the airshow but would love to explore it more.
I recommend coming here and exploring these things.
Funnily enough I’m in Bournemouth right now! 😂😊 It’s an amazing place and the only other place I could ever see myself living other than Harrogate x
Erika Ravnsborg says
This looks amazing! I will have to check out Bournemouth sometime.