Weekend Trip From London to Bournemouth
Everybody loves a bit of seaside fun, with Bournemouth a top summer destination for Londoners seeking fun and relaxation. With 7 miles of curved sandy beaches, there are plenty of spots to catch a few rays, enjoy an ice cream and plan what to do for the rest of your stay. With an impressive 7.7 hours of sunshine throughout summer, Bournemouth can get busy, especially during school holidays, but this shouldn’t dampen your stay. The buzz of people is something that makes Bournemouth so welcoming. The magnificent coastline gets water-sports enthusiasts’ adrenalin rushing and cyclists flock to the city to make the most of the varied terrain of the area.
Places of Interest
There are plenty of museums and art galleries, to get your culture fix, with the quaint Russell Gallery well worth a visit, if only for the stunning cliff top views. St Peter’s Church is the resting place of Mary Shelley,Mary Shelle of Frankenstein fame, and Bournemouth has emotional ties to the JRR Tolkien, due to him spending many years living in the city, making it a pilgrim destination for literary lovers. One of the most impressive aspects of Bournemouth is its many green spaces and garden, none more so than the Alum Chime, a wild woodland that starts right behind the beach.
If you are on a family trip, children can be entertained for hours on the beach and at the sea-side fairground but if that isn’t enough, head to Poulton Park, home to Peppa Pig world!
If you want to extend your trip to Bournemouth and explore some of the surrounding areas, take a trip to its neighbour, Poole, and prepare to be impressed by the world’s second largest natural harbour. Christchurch is a great stop off, where you can explore castle ruins, rummage through antique shops and boutiques or maybe visit the town’s popular food and wine festival in May.
Food & Drink
For food, Giggi Gelateria is a popular ice cream parlour that serves up traditional Italian ice cream and heavenly milkshakes. Chez Fred is a cheap and cheerful fish and chip shop, loved by locals and visitors alike. For a value for money lunch, head to Kino Lounge for simple, fresh dishes and the opportunity to visit it’s very own art-house cinema downstairs. For a relaxed fine dining experience, The Arbour restaurant serves up excellent seafood.
How to Reach
A drive from London to Bournemouth will take just on 2 hrs, as will a National Express coach that you can get direct to the city centre from London Victoria coach station. If you are catching the train, you will pick up a direct journey from Waterloo or Paddington, taking just under 2 hours.
Where To Stay
The Greene House is the destination for those with an eco-conscience, with its organic food, toiletries and linen, energy saving practices and sustainability training for all staff members.
Southborne Seafront Apartments are a great choice for a comfortable stay, in a prime location and would make a great base for a group break. If you want to stay near the beach but have a lower budget then Bed and Breakfast by The Beach is sure to please you with its affordable luxury.