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.