Bournemouth is located in Dorset on the southern coast of England. Throughout the years Bournemouth has become well known as a spa town. Even more than one hundred years ago, Victorians were well known for flocking to the spa town to escape the rigors of the city and soak up the gently scented pine air. Today Bournemouth maintains the same relaxed atmosphere and offers visitors gorgeous views, luxurious accommodations and some of the most well known spa treatments in the world. Summertime is a particularly popular time to visit Bournemouth, particularly when the Pine Walk Open Air Art Exhibition is open.
The popular seaside town of Bournemouth is located on the southern coast of Dorset and is the largest town in the county. The town grew up in the early 1800's when Lewis Tregonwell founded it and began developing it as a seaside resort and it has continued growing since then, spurred on by the arrival of the railway and the development of Bournemouth Winter Gardens and also its cast iron pier.
Bournemouth is featured in a number of Thomas Hardy novels, which refer to it as Sandbourne. The Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien spent many of his holidays in the town, where he regularly stayed in the Hotel Miramar. On his retirement, Tolkien made the town his home.
The Bournemouth International Centre hosts many conferences in the town, including some for the UK's political parties. So be sure to book your hotel room well ahead if you visit at the same time as one of these major conferences. The centre is also home to a number of plays and concerts during the year. Bournemouth also has several annual festivals including a Literature Festival and also an Air Festival with many historic planes on display.
As befits a seaside resort, the town has a coastal rowing club and the local rowing association regularly organise regattas off the coast near Bournemouth. The town is also the venue for the Premier League Darts Championship.
Bournemouth's main shopping streets are a pedestrian zone and feature a wide range of specialty shops and boutiques as well as the major national chains you would expect anywhere in the UK. You can choose to shop in modern arcades or Victorian shopping malls. There is also a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and bars throughout the town.