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: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bournemouth Eye

2) Bournemouth Eye (must see)

The Bournemouth Eye is a local landmark, a helium-filled balloon attached to a steel cable in Bournemouth. Enclosed with it is a gondola that carries up to 30 passengers. Tethered by a high tensile steel cable, the passenger gondola rises to a height of 390 ft (120 m), the maximum height allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority. This provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St Peter's Church

3) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

4) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pavilion Theater

5) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Odeon Cinema

6) Odeon Cinema (must see)

There are 2 twin Odeon cinemas in the centre of Bournemouth. They are very popular with families and kids, especially teens, mainly during the daytime hours. These are large Odeon cinemas, not super modern but very nice. There are many screens with perfect sound and vision. You will like Ben & Jerry's ice cream counter, sweets, drinks and hot dogs sold at the...   view more
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Bourmouth Park

7) 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...   view more
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Oceanarium Bournemouth

8) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Durley Chine Beach

9) 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...   view more

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.
Everyday Life Walking Tour in Bournemouth

Everyday Life Walking Tour in Bournemouth

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 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: 0.9 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
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: 2.3 km