Bournemouth, one stop guide to the coastal town of Bournemouth, Dorset.

Bournemouth - Dorset - United Kingdom

The best known seaside resort in Dorset, Bournemouth has a population of around 170,000, and is said to be the happiest place to live in England. It has a wonderful sandy beach, which attracts thousands of families to the town during the summer months.

Bournemouth Factfile:

Location: Dorset, South-Western England, United Kingdom.

Population: 167,527 (2001)

Overview: The town of Bournemouth is a large seaside resort located in the county of Dorset in southern England, for many years a popular holiday destination, it is said to be the happiest place in England to live, with over 80% of its residents saying they were happy with their way of life.

Bournemouth History: Bournemouth is a little unusual for an English town as its history only goes back to 1810, when it was founded by one Lewis Tregonwell. The region around Bournemouth has of course been inhabited for many thousands of years, although Bournemouth itself was an area of barren heathland up until the early 1800’s, early inhabitants would have been smugglers, fishermen and turf cutters. For a considerable period during Tudor times the area was a huge hunting estate called Stourfield Chase, although this fell into disuse for lack of upkeep and was largely unused by 1800.

Much of the surrounding land was common land, but in the early 1800’s areas were transferred into private ownership and a public house appeared in 1809 called the Tapps Arms, in 1812 a retired army officer called Lewis Tregonwell moved into the area with his wife and his vision was to transform it into a holiday resort for wealthy visitors. A number of holiday villas were built beside the sea and hundreds of pine trees were planted to provide a sheltered walk to the beaches.

The town continued to grow, especially after the arrival of the railway in 1870, by 1900 the population had risen to 60,000. Bournemouth today is a popular holiday destination and is the biggest resort in southern England, it has retained its popularity whilst other resorts have fallen into decline.

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Bournemouth Map: Bournemouth is located between the towns of Poole and Christchurch in Dorset, England, United Kingdom.

The map to the right is in satellite mode, it has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Bournemouth, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns and villages including Poole, Christchurch, Swanage, Corfe, Boscombe, Wimborne Minster, Southbourne, Charminster, Branksome, Hamworthy, Ferndown and Barton on Sea. Southampton is about 21 miles away to the east of Bournemouth. Click on the 'View Larger Bournemouth Map' to get a larger street map version.

Bournemouth is situated on the A-35 it has its own International Airport, previously known as Hurn Airport, it is situated to the north-east about 5 miles from Bournemouth town centre in the area of Parley and Hurn.

Bournemouth Beaches: Bournemouth boasts over 7 miles of golden sandy beaches and are some of the finest beaches in southern England, the fine beaches are among the main attractions of the town as a holiday resort.

Places to Visit in and Around Bournemouth: There are a number of interesting places to visit in and around Bournemouth and these include the Russell Coates Museum (next to the Royal Bath Hotel) with some fine 19th century paintings on display, the historic market town of Christchurch where you will find a Norman Priory and Castle, Christchurch Quay, and the River Stour, the New Forest (a 20 minute drive) with its famous ponies and other wildlife, Hengistbury Head offering spectacular views of the surrounding coastline, Wimborne Minster Model Town and Gardens, the Bouremouth Aviation Museum, Compton Acres in Poole, Brownsea Island (by boat trip), the Bournemouth Oceanarium and the Dinosaur Museum at Dorchester.

Bournemouth Hotels: You will find an excellent range of hotels, guest houses, B&B and holiday accommodation available in Bournemouth and can book your own accommodation on the internet where you will find a good choice of hotels and privately owned rental accommodation. You can find a selection of holiday rental property here: Bournemouth Holiday Rentals.

Bournemouth Weather: Bournemouth enjoys a typical English climate, with the highest temperatures being during June, July and August, rainfall occurs all year round with monthly averages ranging from 40mm in July to around 90mm during December and January. You can view the latest weather here: Bournemouth Weather.

Bournemouth is situated on the A-35 it has its own International Airport, previously known as Hurn Airport, it is situated to the north-east about 5 miles from Bournemouth town centre in the area of Parley and Hurn.

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