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Bournemouth Visit

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Bournemouth Visit

Coming to Bournemouth for 3 nights next week. We are taking in a show at the BIC, also going to Monkey World, any suggestions of most see's while we are in the area. We have a car so getting there wont be a problem,. Any suggestions would be a great help, want to see as much as we can whilst visiting.

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Sorry double post.

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It sounds like you like animals. If so, you may enjoy visiting the aquarium (is it called Sea Life? I can't remember, but it's in the middle of Bournemouth), and also the New Forest to see the wild ponies.

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If you like quirky Galeries/museums. I recommend this one

http://russellcotes.com

One of my all time favourites and right in the middle of the town. Nice café too.

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We enjoy catching the Breezer 50 bus service takes you across to Studland via the sandbanks ferry and on to Swanage Great views from top deck

Or a visit to Poole Harbour with perhaps a trip over to Brownsea Island

We also take the bus to Poole as they run every few minutes

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HI

Thank you for your replies, some very interesting suggestions. Just hope the weather is not to wet but having said that we will still have a great time.

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The tank museum in Wool is not too far from Monkey world, but it is difficult to advise if we don't know your likes. Here are some other ideas: Visit Poole Quay, Sandbanks or The New Forest. Take a boat trip along the Jurassic coast, get a ferry to Studland Bay or Brownsea Island. Catch the X51 bus to a Dorset village. Hire bikes or enjoy walking along Bournemouth's 5 miles or sandy beaches.

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So much to do in this area is weather dependent :-)

If you are into beaches, Sandbanks in the West and Hengistbury in the East are the best. Stay away from Bournemouth beach by the pier as it gets busy and grubby (wish people would take home their litter!!).

Crabbing - Mudeford quay near Christchurch. Can also hire paddloboards/winfsurfs here too and there is a little ferry that will take you to the spit of land where you can walk to Hengistbury head (which is also a nature reserve)

Paddleboarding - Poole harbour or Christchurch (as above). Poole better because it is bigger. No lessons required. Poole also better for windsurfing/sailing etc because of its size.

Walking: If you want hills then the Purbecks in the west, Swanage to Corfe Castle/Durlston is nice and hilly with amazing views. Also Lulworth Cove and the area around there including Durdle Door - the place of postcards (Worth Matravers, Dancing Ledge where you can swim in a rock pool when the tide is right) the area is lovely for walks and country pubs - be sure to wear good shoes. This is the same area as Monkey world too.

Walking: If you want flat then the New Forest. Please do NOT feed the ponies and be aware of approaching them.. a pony with its ears back is an unhappy pony, and they can (and do) bite! Burley is a nice town to place yourself in, a few little quirky shops and lots of places to picnic. Or Brockenhurst if you want to hire bikes /tandems. Make sure the bike shop give you a map of the area :-) You can catch the train from Bournemouth to Brockenhurst to save yourself the drive if traffic is rubbish.

Animals: Abbotsbury swannery - out near Monkey world too (less exciting this time of year a the signets have grown up, but still lovely to see the area and the swans, and its opposite Chessil Beach)

Boscombe Pier, cool crazy golf and percussion instruments along the pier - the golf ball is made of fish food and at the 18th hole it drops into the sea. There is also free climbing rocks at Boscombe pier, and a place to hire kayaks/paddleboards etc. Free parking at the clifftop above Boscombe pier and then a 5 minute walk down the hill.

Knoll beach (Purbeck way, west of Bournemouth - over the Sandbanks ferry) you can hire kayaks/pedal boats etc here and go to Old Harry Rocks where you can land and look up at the amazing chalk cliffs. Great cafe and well priced for food at Knoll beach.

As others have mentioned, take a cruise from Poole harbour (go to Poole Quay) or to Brownsea island (from the Quay or from the Sandbanks ferry

Castles: Corfe castle a nice walk with a steam train and lovely pubs for a cream tea.

Plenty of shows/free events etc in the gardens,.. there is a Tourist information shop by the pier in Bournemouth that will have all the latest info.

Hope you enjoy this lovely area and come back again for more than 3 days next time :-)

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Hi Fimonkey

Thank you for all your suggestions they will be a great help. As you say so much choice but a lot depends on the weather. Will be taking lots of clothes, especially waterproofs as they are giving out rain but will have a good time whatever the weather. We obviously like animals and walking & general site seeing of different areas.

Everyone has been very helpful that is one thing you can rely on TA.

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A visit to Tyneham village v. Interesting.only open generally school hols and weekends but check website first. A glimpse of the past and a deserted village.

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