Cultural Walking Tour of Bournemouth, 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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Cultural Walking Tour of Bournemouth Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walking Tour of Bournemouth
Guide Location: England » Bournemouth (See other walking tours in Bournemouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: vickyc
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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

1) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pavilion Theater

2) 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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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Westover Gallery

3) Westover Gallery

Westover Gallery is a gallery where you can see the best contemporary art of international and regional artists. You will see the temporary exhibitions of only renowned artists, as well as works of artists that exhibited their arts throughout the world. There are exhibitions of extraordinary talents such as John Wilson, Simon Claridge, Mark Spain and others.
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Bournemouth International Center

4) Bournemouth International Center (must see)

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) in Bournemouth, Dorset, is one of the primary venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events in southern England. Additionally, it is well-known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions. The venue's Windsor Hall has a concert capacity of 6,500 and is one of the bigger indoor music venues in the UK, often included on the arena tours of major artists. The smaller Solent Hall can house exhibitions or hold up to 2,000 people for standing music concerts. The Solent Hall replaced the BIC's well-known swimming pool and wave machine in 2004. Owned and managed by Bournemouth Borough Council, the BIC is operated alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bournemouth Library

5) Bournemouth Library

Bournemouth Library is a large, modern library. The building represents contemporary architecture with a glass facade. Despite the usual books, there are also musical books, cds, a computer hall and a room where you can watch films. There is a piano and visitors can play it with headphones.

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.
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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 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

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.