Bournemouth’s seven-mile stretch of golden sand has been a favourite since the Victorian era. Holiday cottages in Bournemouth are generally walking-distance from the sea – and it’s a great town to explore by foot. Take a stroll along the award-winning seafront, where a wonderful assortment of attractions can be enjoyed. With surfing, go-karting, water-parks and aquariums, there’s no shortage of things to do. This bustling resort is also home to a thriving food scene, lively nightlife and lovely selection of independent shops. As you wander from Bournemouth to Boscombe Pier, you’ll discover stunning Victorian gardens with a bandstand, aviary, art exhibitions and ornamental rockery. With their Gothic-style water tower and pretty red bridges over the Bourne Stream, the Central and Upper Gardens are well worth a look, too.
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Nestled below towering cliffs, Bournemouth’s sandy beaches are perfect for sand-castle building, swimming or watching the world go by. The British tradition of beach huts began here, and you can still rent the world’s oldest beach hut for the day. Hop on a land train and take a ride along the promenade or head to West Cliff and enjoy breath-taking views of the Dorset coast from the town’s renowned cliff lift. To the west of Bournemouth lies the Jurassic Coast, a 96-mile World Heritage Site which is home to some of Southern England’s most spectacular scenery. Follow the coast path to see the rocks, fossils, wildlife and secluded coves for which this unique coastline is famous. If you fancy an evening out before retiring to your Bournemouth holiday cottage, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Fine-dining restaurants, waterfront bistros and classic fish and chip shops are easy to find if you fancy a plate of fresh seafood. Bournemouth's vibrant town centre is home to atmospheric pubs, buzzing nightclubs, bingo halls, comedy clubs and a casino.