City Orientation Walk, Bournemouth

Typically for a seaside resort such as Bournemouth, sitting on the southern coast of England, the city's main attraction is the beaches. However, there are quite a few local sights unique to this place that will make your stay in Bournemouth just as enjoyable off-season, especially if you can explore them in more detail and learn about the history behind. This orientation walk will take you around some of the city's most picturesque Victorian and more modern landmarks so you can get a fuller picture of the delights that Bournemouth has to offer.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Bournemouth (See other walking tours in Bournemouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: vickyc
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The Square

1) The Square

The Square is indeed a public square in the heart of Bournemouth separating the Central Gardens from the Lower Gardens. Underneath the square flows the river Bourne. Back in the 18th century this was a spot where the Decoy Pond House stood, operating a plank using which travelers crossed the river en route from Poole to Christchurch. In 1848 The Square made history as the birthplace of the composer Hubert Parry who was born practically next door to it, attesting to which fact is a blue memorial plaque. Another notable sight here is the clock tower, nicknamed the Leaning Tower of Bournemouth, a former tram shelter built in 1925 with a clock on the top, donated by Captain HB Norton, a magistrate and former Councillor. In 2000 the square was made almost fully pedestrian. It houses many shops, and has the Obscura café in the middle, renowned for and named after the built-in camera obscura which is no longer in use.
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Commercial Road

2) Commercial Road

Commercial Road is a pedestrian street full of shops. Women will appreciate the numerous women's clothing shops. There are coffee shops, gift shops, jewelry stores, shoe stores, accessories and cosmetics. Men will also find a lot of shops with men clothing. There are only stylish brands on this road.
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Bournemouth War Memorial

3) Bournemouth War Memorial

The Bournemouth War Memorial is a distinctive landmark in the center of the town. It is dedicated to those brave people who died in the First World War. The memorial was built in 1921. It stands in the central gardens. This impressive monument is surrounded by sculptures of lions. Across the memorial you will see the big building of the Town Hall.
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Church of the Sacred Heart

4) Church of the Sacred Heart

Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic Church situated in the centre of the city. It was constructed in 1875 and is an imposing building in Bournemouth. You will see the blend of several styles in the architecture of this church: neo-Gothic, neo-Norman and Victorian styles.
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Richmond Hill

5) Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is another shopping area in Bournemouth and is also the touristic part of the city, as there are some great touristic attractions, too. There are many really good gift shops and boutiques where everybody will find something special to take home.
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St. Stephen's Church

6) St. Stephen's Church (must see)

St Stephen's Church is an Anglican church in Bournemouth, Dorset (formerly in Hampshire). The liturgical life of the Church is deeply rooted in a rich Anglo-Catholic tradition; the Church boasting a magnificent Lady Chapel, celebrating Marian masses, benediction and recitation of the Rosary for The Society of Mary. Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham is also encouraged. Designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, the church was built in stages between 1881 and 1898, as a memorial to Alexander Morden Bennett, first vicar of St Peter's Church, Bournemouth. A spire was never added to the tower. Legend has it that Pearson's aim when he designed St. Stephen's church was to create a building "which brought people to their knees." With the great artistry and painstaking attention to detail that went into St. Stephen's construction, people believe Pearson was able to achieve just that.

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St Peter's Church

7) St Peter's Church (must see)

St Peter's Church is a Church of England parish church in Bournemouth in the English county of Dorset. The building was completed in 1879 to a design by G.E. Street as the founding mother church of Bournemouth. It has unusual paintings, notable stained glass and alabaster, and a renowned musical tradition. The chancel has been described as 'one of the richest Gothic Revival interiors in England'.

St. Peter's was built over a period of twenty-four years from 1855 at the instigation of the vicar, the Reverend Alexander Morden Bennett, to replace an earlier building. G.E. Street was commissioned to create a finer church to match the beauty of the town. It was constructed between 1854 and 1879 on the foundations of the 1840s predecessor. The church, which sits opposite Beales department store in the heart of the town centre, was the founding mother church of Bournemouth. The 202 ft high spire is a landmark across the town centre and beyond. The church has an organ of three manuals and 48 speaking stops by Harrison and Harrison in 1914, rebuilt by Rushworth and Dreaper in 1976. There is also a Steinway grand piano in the church, and a Kawai grand piano in the song room.

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Westover Road

8) Westover Road

Westover Road is one of the main shopping streets in the center of Bournemouth. There are a lot of jewelers, clothes and accessories shops and boutiques along this street. Westover Road is partly pedestrianized. Westover Road is for those who want to shop in upmarket shops.
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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

9) Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (must see)

The Russell-Cotes Museum (formally, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum) is an art gallery and museum in Bournemouth, England. It is located on the top of the East Cliff, next to the Royal Bath Hotel. In 1897, architect John Frederick Fogerty was commissioned by Merton Russell-Cotes, then the owner of the Royal Bath Hotel, to build a house as a birthday present for his wife Annie. Originally called East Cliff Hall, it was built in the northeast section of his hotel's garden. Built in the Art Nouveau style with interiors by John Thomas and his son Oliver, it was completed in its first form in 1901. The house and the new annex display various items collected in the course of Sir Merton's foreign travels, especially to Japan, and paintings from his personal art collection.

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Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
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Pavilion Theater

10) Pavilion Theater (must see)

The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom is Bournemouth's traditional venue for year round entertainment. Built in the 1920s, it retains its splendour and elegant styling and is Bournemouth's regular home for West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime and Comedy as well as for corporate presentations and dinner dances, product launches and small conferences. Initially the Pavilion's main auditorium was not called a theater, but a Concert Hall, and within a few years it became apparent that its shortcomings in presenting staged productions were insuperable. As a result, in 1933 the stage was enlarged, both in depth and height, and it was reopened as a theater in July 1934. Numerous further alterations have been undertaken since, including the addition of two stores to either side of the main entrance in the early 1950's, and the replacement of the large fountain in the forecourt by a smaller one in 1968. In 1998 the building was listed Grade II and its future has therefore been protected.

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Bourmouth Park

11) Bourmouth Park

Bourmouth Park is a family-friendly park along Westover Road. The park boasts beautiful scenery and a pond. There are always many people walking through the park or lying on the grass. In this park, there is a balloon that can take you up into the air and treat you to a panoramic view of the town, sea and beaches.
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Oceanarium Bournemouth

12) Oceanarium Bournemouth (must see)

Situated on Bournemouth’s seafront, the Oceanarium offers visitors a journey around the waters of the world. 10 recreated environments include the Amazon, Key West, the Mediterranean, Abyss, and the Great Barrier Reef. The Oceanarium is home to the world’s first Interactive Dive Cage, which submerges users in a 270-degree virtual view of the ocean.

Interactive touch technology brings visitors up close to computer generated sea creatures including a dolphin, manta ray and shark through a series of animated experiences, games and challenges. It also features an amazing encounter with a blue whale that swallows the Cage, taking visitors on a journey through its digestive system. Launched in June 2008, the Oceanarium’s interactive feature, Global Meltdown, looks into the potential effects of global warming. Visitors are transported to an imagined time in the future when sea levels have risen to such an extent that tropical fish and sharks swim through the streets of London. The Oceanarium is home to hundreds of creatures from across the globe. The Oceanarium welcomes in excess of 225,000 visitors per year and in November 2008, the Oceanarium was announced as Tourism Attraction Experience of the Year at Bournemouth’s annual Tourism Awards. The attraction is owned by Spanish leisure giant Parques Reunidos, who operate 67 parks across the world.

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Bournemouth Pier and Pier Theatre

13) Bournemouth Pier and Pier Theatre (must see)

Surrounded by seven miles of golden sand, Bournemouth Pier is a popular destination with thousands of visitors coming each year. In addition to the beautiful beach and town panorama visible from the Pier, it offers a spectacular sea view across the bay, framed by the Isle of Wight on the one side and the Purbeck hills on the other. Bournemouth Pier boasts a unique and charismatic façade, as well as a wide range of attractions, among them the Pier Theater (in place for over 50 years) and a restaurant at the Pier's end. There's also a good selection of retail outlets, selling souvenirs to make one's stay in the city truly memorable.
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Durley Chine Beach

14) Durley Chine Beach

The beaches are the main attraction for tourists in the resort town of Bournemouth. The most popular beach is Durley Chine Beach, with tonnes of golden sand and clear water. You will find beach entertainer, sports and a bouncy castle. It is set very close to the famous Bournemouth Pier. There are shops on this beach and a funicular that can take you up the cliff.

Walking Tours in Bournemouth, England

Create Your Own Walk in Bournemouth

Create Your Own Walk in Bournemouth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bournemouth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Walking Tour of Bournemouth

Cultural Walking Tour of Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a tourist centre of culture and history. There are many art galleries and art museums; one of them is Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, that boasts the most unique and quirky collections in the world. There is a huge modern library, theaters and Bournemouth International Center. You can visit the tomb of famous May Shelley - the author of one of the famous Frankenstein novels. Take this self-guided tour to explore the cultural attractions of Bournemouth.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Bournemouth

Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Bournemouth

Families will find various interesting attractions in Bournemouth. There are specific kids' attractions at the waterfront. Cinemas, great cafes and toy shops are situated in the centre of Bournemouth. Take this self-guided tour for amazing family entertainment in Bournemouth.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Everyday Life Walk in Boscombe

Everyday Life Walk in Boscombe

According to statistics, people that live in Bournemouth are happy and satisfied with their lives. They have beautiful gardens to walk in, beaches and great shopping opportunities. This self-guided tour will reveal to you the everyday way of life of people living Bournemouth suburb -Boscombe.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Tour of Bournemouth's Shopping Areas

Tour of Bournemouth's Shopping Areas

Bournemouth has a plethora of shopping opportunities. There are pedestrian shopping streets in the centre of the town. There are various shops such as gift shops, specialty shops and many clothes boutiques set in arcades. This self-guided tour will lead you through the shops in the centre of Bournemouth.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bournemouth for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bournemouth has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bournemouth, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.