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.