Location: Bournemouth

Since the late 19th century Bournemouth has been one of England’s most popular seaside resorts. Originally founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, an army officer who was stationed near Bournemouth to guard the coast from possible invasion by Napoleon. He and his wife then decided years later to come back to the area and build a house, so that they could live by the sea. It was their move that then encouraged countless other Victorians to join them, drawn to Bournemouth by a strong belief in the health properties of both the sea and the pine trees, that were thought to help cure tuberculosis. The house that they built can still be seen today in the form of the Royal Exeter Hotel.

Often referred to as Britain’s answer to Baywatch, Bournemouth’s stunning, seven-mile stretch of gorgeous white sandy beaches, backed by high sandstone cliffs, attract over 5 ½ million visitors each year. Although often considered to be predominantly a retirement resort a great deal has changed in Bournemouth over recent years.

Though still a great place to retire to, Bournemouth is now just as famous for its University and the crowds of trendy clubbers that come to experience the great nightlife.

On visiting Bournemouth a stroll along the extensive promenade is essential. Lined with multi-coloured beach huts, the seafront is cleaned everyday, a practice that has helped Bournemouth’s beaches win several tourism accolades. There are many bars, cafes and arcades along the route, that make excellent stop off points and away from the beach Bournemouth also boasts 2000 acres of parks and gardens for visitors to explore.

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The Applewood Hotel
7 Durley Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JQ
The Hop Inn
6 W Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EY
Balmoral Hotel
11-13 Kerley Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DW
Ullswater Hotel
W Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth BH2 5HW
Bunkhouse Bournemouth
Bewdley Hotel, St Michael's Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DZ
Balincourt Hotel & Guest House
58 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 3PF
Blue Palms Hotel
26 Tregonwell Road, Bournemouth BH2 5NS
Langtry Manor Hotel
Derby Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QB
Cransley B&B
11 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QG
No 5 Durley Road
5 Durley Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JL
Park Central Hotel
Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AJ
The Pavilion Arms
41 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH2 6NB
Hotel Collingwood
11 Priory Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DF
Marsham Court Hotel
3 Russell Cotes Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel
7 Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JS
Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa
32 E Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AQ
The Orchid Hotel
34 Gervis Road, Bournemouth BH1 3DH
The Suncliff Hotel Bournemouth
29 E Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AG
The Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments
14-16 Burnaby Road, Bournemouth BH4 8JF
The Chocolate Box Hotel
2 W Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EY
The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel
Granville Chambers, 81 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AP
Manchester Hotel
56 St Michael's Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EB
Winter Dene Hotel
11 Durley Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JH
Burley Court Hotel
29 Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2NP
Maemar Hotel
91-95 W Hill Road, Bournemouth BH2 5PQ
Durley Dean Hotel
28 W Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5HE
Bournemouth Carlton Hotel
East Overcliff, Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3DN