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Visitor Guide

About the Region

Bournemouth Airport is the ideal gateway for visitors to the south coast of England. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find something to appeal in this delightful part of the country. Stunning coastlines, award-winning beaches, quaint unspoilt villages, world famous monuments and tranquil countryside are all within easy reach.

Bournemouth Pier and backdrop


Bournemouth Beach has been voted ‘Best in Britain’ by Coast Magazine readers. The award took into account water quality, scenic beauty, wildlife, visitor facilities and outdoor activities. With seven miles of golden sands, a wide choice of accommodation and some buzzing nightlife, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all. It’s great for weekend breaks, summer holidays or a romantic getaway.


A bustling Quay and the largest natural harbour in Europe makes Poole the ideal destination for all water sports enthusiasts. The harbour is host to over 100 sailing and water-based events each year including the UK’s premier wind and kitesurfing championship – the Poole Animal Windfest. And don’t forget to take a boat trip to Brownsea Island – the birthplace of scouting.

Poole public house
Priory Church


Christchurch is renowned for its fascinating heritage, intriguing history and, in particular, its magnificent 11th century Priory Church. The abundance of award-winning floral displays also contribute to the town’s unique character. In addition, it’s quickly gaining a reputation as a great place to eat and drink so it’s no surprise to see that the famous chef, Gary Rhodes, has recently opened two restaurants in the town.

Dorset and the New Forest

Discover 150km of breathtaking coastline, most of which comprises the Jurassic Coast – England’s only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Go inland and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you tour around some of the country’s finest rural countryside. To the east is the ancient hunting ground of the New Forest – a large part of which is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Jurassic Coast
Salisbury and Stonehenge

Salisbury and Stonehenge

Few destinations can match the amazing diversity of Salisbury and Stonehenge – with a history dating back over 5000 years. Salisbury is dominated by its magnificent 13th century cathedral which boasts Britain’s tallest spire. In the city itself, medieval half-timbered buildings rub shoulders with elegant Georgian mansions. Just a few miles away is Stonehenge - one of Britain’s best, and most mysterious, historic sites.

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