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Dec 12 2012

Get Out Of London… Visit Bournemouth!

Bournemouth, garden flowers, uk, england

Photo taken by F Cadet (Landscape Gardener)

London is a great tourist destination because there is so much to see, do and experience.  I love going there from time to time to go shopping, see a show and visit friends.  But you won’t get a real ‘feel’ for what England is like outside of London unless you get out and explore.

So, I would like to encourage you to do just that and see places (towns and villages) outside of London.  There really is no excuse because it’s so easy to hop on a train, bus or coach and within a couple hours you will be in completely different surroundings.  The environment and vibe of the place will be very different.

One of those places is Bournemouth.  In case you don’t know, Bournemouth is a seaside town located in Dorset in the south of England (please see the map at the end of this post for the precise location).  It became a holiday destination for UK tourists in Victorian times when the first railway station opened in 1870 and has continued to thrive as a popular holiday destination ever since.  Today, it draws in tourists from all over the world and is home to an ever-expanding number of English language schools, which seems to grow every year.

So, why go to Bournemouth?

There are lots of reasons to venture out of London and visit towns like Bournemouth.  Here are just a few…

1.  After enjoying the beautiful English landscape on the way to Bournemouth, when you arrive, you can head to the beach, kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the fine golden sand that stretches for seven miles.

2.  You can visit Bournemouth at any time of year… really!  You might associate the beach with summertime but I love going to the beach at other times of the year because it is quieter.  It might seem strange to some of you to wear a jacket and boots to the beach but it’s great.  I love walking along the beach, listening to the sound of the sea.  It’s so relaxing and rejuvenating.

3.  Thanks to the Victorian’s love of beauty there are Bournemouth Gardens (Upper, Central and Lower), which stretch from Coy Pond to the sea.  It’s a beautiful walk, even if you only manage part of the gardens.  They are especially pretty in the spring and summer because of the wide variety of flowers and their vibrant colours.  Having said that, you can enjoy the numerous types of trees and shrubs all year round.  Oh, I mustn’t forget the squirrels!  They are located in the Lower Garden near the sea and are well used to humans and being photographed.

4.  Fly high on Bournemouth Balloon so you can have a fantastic view of miles around.

5.  If you like to party, Bournemouth has numerous pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants for you to try.

6.  If you decide to stay for longer, you can explore the surrounding area.

7.  Finally, it’s very easy to get to Bournemouth from London.

a.  You can hire a car and drive to Bournemouth.

b.  Hop on a coach at Victoria Coach Station, Hammersmith, Heathrow or Gatwick and within about 2 hours you will be in Bournemouth.

c.  Board a train at Waterloo Station that is headed for Poole or Weymouth.

Getting to Bournemouth

Travel tip: It’s cheaper to book your train or coach ticket online in advance.  For the train, there are two options: Trainline and Megatrain.  Megatrain only has a limited number of trains per day so Trainline will probably be your best option.

Whether you go by train or take the coach, you will arrive at Bournemouth Travel Interchange.  From there, you can either get a local bus, taxi, train or walk to your accommodation, depending on where you are staying.  If you are just there for the day, a short stroll will take you to the beach or town centre.

So, have I convinced you to at least think of getting out of London for a day or two?  Remember, you don’t need a lot of time to get out and and experience life in other English towns and villages.  Need more convincing?  Watch these videos to see if they can change your mind…

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About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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