With its beautiful beaches, bustling town centre, cosmopolitan atmosphere, buzzing nightlife, plentiful cultural and leisure facilities, Bournemouth is one of the most popular places to live, study and holiday in the UK.
It has frequently been voted England's best holiday resort, it's a brilliant town for students, and there’s something for everyone here. Its residents love living here so much they have voted it one of the happiest places to live in the UK.
As you can tell, we are very proud of our beautiful town and its surroundings, so feel free to contact us if you want any more tips on making your stay here as wonderful as possible.
Bournemouth is located between the picturesque old town of Christchurch and the stunning natural harbour town of Poole. Just beyond lie the New Forest, with its birds and wild horses, the beautiful Purbecks and the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast.
Go a little further and you’ll come to London, Oxford and Bath, all of which can easily be visited, either independently or as part of our sister language school BEET's weekend excursion programme. We enjoy excellent transport connections, with flights from Bournemouth airport, ferries to France from nearby Poole, and direct trains to London in just 2 hours.
Sunshine and beaches?
“Bournemouth enjoys one of the most pleasant climates in the UK with warm temperatures and long sunny days regularly experienced over the spring and summer months.”
A regular prize-winner for its beaches, including best beach in the UK, Bournemouth is the perfect place to sample English beach life. There are plenty of cafes, ice cream parlours and activities to do along the 10 miles of seafront, but also enough space to just sit down and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
If you're more of a foodie, Bournemouth boasts over 500 restaurants, cafes, traditional pubs and fish and chip shops, serving amazing local produce and food from all over the world. Don't miss the local speciality - an English cream tea - a scone with clotted cream, jam, and, most importantly, a pot of English tea!
Try the beachfront watersport centre, the many parks, golf courses, tennis courts, pools and leisure centres, or why not rent a bike and cycle the 10 km of the seafront promenade? Or, if you’d rather watch, go and see AFC Bournemouth play football.
What about a trip to the nearby New Forest, a bike ride along the coast to Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, a wander around the 8 square km of parks and gardens, or a stroll through the wooded ‘chines’ down to the sea to sit down and enjoy the afternoon sun?
It would take a lifetime to see everything Bournemouth and its surrounding areas have to offer. To help you get off the beaten track and explore, we've put together some walking and cycling route maps.
Bournemouth is a multicultural town with many opportunities for religious worship. There are two mosques, one in the centre of Bournemouth and one in Winton near ITTC. There are many Christian churches of different denominations, including some for specific nationalities, such as Bournemouth's Korean church. We also have a Buddhist centre near ITTC, and a synagogue. In nearby Southampton, there are also Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwara.
Whatever the season, Bournemouth has something going on. Winter sees the Bournemouth Christmas Festival and Market come to town. Spring welcomes the Bournemouth 7s Festival of sport and music, and Bournemouth Wheels Festival of cars, motorbikes and trucks. Summer hosts the internationally renowned Bournemouth Air Festival with amazing planes flying overhead all weekend, and autumn enjoys the Arts by the Sea Festival of culture. The South of England also has fantastic music festivals throughout the summer.
Click on the logos below and see the huge variety of things happening while you’re here!