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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cultural Center
“An almighty creation surrounded by a beautiful Close of period houses and manicured lawns”
  • 83 locals recommend
Zoo
“Monkey World is great for everyone, hundreds of rescued apes, chimpanzees, monkeys and other small animals. eating/snacks and huge outdoor play ground.”
  • 66 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great day out for those interested in Tanks, WWi and WW2. Events held throughout the year.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Bay
“Beautiful Jurassic coastal walks, breakfast, lunch and dinner eateries. Dog friendly Leads to Man O War bay, Durdle Door and Mupe Bay Only 3 miles from my cottages”
  • 76 locals recommend
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Park
“Miles of track, woodland paths and treetop trails for all the kids and family to explore. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Come down to the area of the superstars, popstars and rich and famous. With the seven-figure homes being a common occurrence down here with some of the most breathtaking views in England you are in for a real treat. A must see!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A tranquil spot just 20 minutes' cruise away from the flat and home to the rare red squirrel and roaming peacocks. Nature reserve, beaches, cafe overlooking the harbour. In the summer, there is an open-air theatre performing Shakespeare (your ticket includes the cruise fees) every evening. Simple to get to from the cruise kiosks on the quay (moments from the flat). Your cruise ticket is a round trip, but there is an entry fee for non-National Trust members. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Nature
“Beautiful area and nature reserve with a view of the beach and sea on one side and Christchurch harbour on the other. There are large fields, a walk up the head itself. There is a cafe/restaurant on the spit beach and also another cafe at the car park. The visitor centre has a small garden outside and cameras showing nesting birds (great place to fly a kite - it's always windy!)”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“One of best beach , lots of going on, on the pier there is rock climbing rock reef and zipwire ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A fascinating Victoria villa and gardens located in Bournemouth town centre. Regularly hosts different art collections too. Nice coffee shop.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Beach
“it's just beautiful one of them places you have to see in the United Kingdom nice walks both sides man-of-war and durdle door man o' war is probably the best one to swimming you can swim out to the rocks is not very far is quite shallow”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Only for real treats! Great food and views, great service. You will have to book way in advance for a table here. Also if you like that kind of thing have a walk around the walled kitchen garden. Spendy in the restaurant- Watch the wine bill! In summer they do flatbreads in the garden without bookings, phone ahead to check as they won’t do walk ins otherwise.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Unique sightseeing place between Studland and Swanage. Amazing views all round.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Nature
“Walking the Jurassic coast is walking on the stunning coastal path that is the start of the South West Coast path and world famous for its spectacular views.”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Only for real treats! Great food and views, great service. You will have to book way in advance for a table here. Also if you like that kind of thing have a walk around the walled kitchen garden. Spendy in the restaurant- Watch the wine bill! In summer they do flatbreads in the garden without bookings, phone ahead to check as they won’t do walk ins otherwise.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Amazing views, wonderful service. Whether it’s breakfast in the bar or an evening meal in the restaurant you won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Fabulous food with stunning views. Good idea to book, no dogs except on the balcony.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Pub
“The perfect spot for a reviving pint and pasty after a walk in the Purbecks. Often has live music in its garden. Log fires in the winter. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pub
“The food here is excellent - you can tell they use fresh ingredients and the menu has some interesting choices. It's very stylish - country and unpretentious but comfortable and inviting. It's also worth a visit for the drive through the Fonthill Bishop Estate - beautiful, stretched out well kept paddocks and fields with horses grazing and attractive wooden fences...Very English country! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Nice for a casual dinner and drinks. Make sure to try their duck pizza. Plus they're currently doing Pizza and Prosecco Thursdays!”
  • 26 locals recommend

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