Waters that look as if they belong in the Med, never-ending swathes of sandy beaches and castles that have been standing for over a thousand years. Bournemouth is a British resort with bags of class. It’s no wonder Bournemouth is one of the UK’s favourite holiday resorts.
On top of swathes of perfect, golden sand, this town enjoys some of the country’s warmest and driest weather. Add to that some of its liveliest nightlife, a huge array of accommodation options and access to some truly stunning countryside and you have a recipe for a perfect British getaway.
Visit the Russell Cotes Museum (East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth BH1 3AA; russellcotes.com) for its eclectic Victorian collections, lovely sea views and fascinating exhibition on early twentieth-century Modernism, featuring works by local artists as well as war paintings by the likes of Stanley Spencer and Graham Sutherland.
Spread over ten acres of landscaped hillside with views of Poole harbour, Compton Acres (164 Canford Cliffs Road, BH13 7ES; comptonacres.co.uk) has several distinct gardens including rockeries, streams and wooded valleys: don't miss the fabulous Japanese garden with its beautiful pavilion and the formal Italian gardens.
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