Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth Beach
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  • Jessie
    Manchester, United Kingdom502 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning beach
    Stunning beach with plenty to see and do with a long pier. Be aware there is a £1.50 charge to walk down the pier. Lots of places to get something to eat or drink and lots of shops. There is a big wheel and amusements for children.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Longy1981
    Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Council pulling you pants down
    What a beach! As a child we always came to Bournemouth beach and it must be 25 years since I’ve been back. The only downside to the beach was the parking and the charges for parking, there’s no wonder people travel abroad because all local councils what to do is pull your pants down and constantly over pricing. I cannot believe you now have to pay to get on the pier! Apart for that the beach was clean and the water was great.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • BusinessMumOf4
    145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic beach!
    Such a lovely clean beach with plenty to do! So many activities were set up for all ages, along with great places to eat and lovely little shops. There’s a lovely train/bus that takes you to Boscombe pier, we took that and walked back along the beach. The zip wire from the pier looked great too! A really lovely beach!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Man1cmom
    West Midlands, United Kingdom660 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Lovely, long, wide clean beach that we accessed via the bus. The sand is golden and if you visit on a good day (it was a typical British summer day when we went-drizzle) then you could easily spend the whole day here. Plenty to do in and around the surrounding area and nice little town to take a walk around too. We took the cliff tram which was a nice but expensive experience. Would go back if we had more time on a nice day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • samlovesdogs
    Devon, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really busy beach. Nice atmosphere. Has a landtrain but not for dogs. Arcade busy in holidays (expected)
    Very busy! We were planning on going to Bournemouth seafront for a walk with the dog and lunch out, the beach was very busy and crammed, dogs are not allowed on the beach (except for the very end). The arcade on the pier was very full and crammed. Overall though really good experience, definitely recommend for little children and dogs.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Erik V
    Cleckheaton, United Kingdom871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach - loads of space, beautiful sand
    Never seen a British beach this busy and yet everyone has the space they need. Great coastguards and lovely sand that stretches for miles. Clean and a lovely day - highly recommended
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • JDW
    Bexley, United Kingdom110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miles of Beautiful Sandy Beaches
    Unspoilt beaches that stretch for miles and miles. Clean, well maintained. Clear signposts, maps and places of interest. Excellent toilet facilities at frequent points between Boscombe Beach right through to Sandbanks. Lovely to see the Cliff Lifts working. Definitely recommend all the beaches along this coastline.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Ali0818
    London, United Kingdom339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Windy fun
    Even on a windy day in October we had a good time walking barefoot in the sand and paddling. Even enjoyed an ice cream. Wind was blowing sand across the beach but not up. It was easier coming back towards the pier with the wind behind us!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Slop_Hunter44
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bournemouth Beach <3
    Bournemouth beach is so quiet but yet so whimsical, however my perception of this poignant fever-dream was brutally crushed by a lifeguard. This lifeguard told me the other beach-goers were not actually “paid-actors” but “actual members of the public”. This broke my small southern heart as I pondered where I would have to take my antics of robbing old people and stamping on thier hands. No longer could I scream in the face of the general public, and lob dog faeces of their cars. THIS WAS HEARTBREAKING. The magic witchdoctor gave me a “special packet of spice/s” to calm my nerves, although I wonder what witchdoctor wears north face and airmax. Overall 7/10 love screaming at old people
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Jessica S
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach, without the litter!
    A beautiful beach but once actually sat down, there's endless amounts of lighters, cigarette buts, and bits of rubbish. It'd be so much better if it was cleaner. However the fairground rides were great and some really nice restaurants and bars surrounding beach and nearby
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 March 2024
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Mike C
Romsey39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
nowhere to park if you want to use cash, pnly accepts card payment, no good if you don't have a card. all the cafe were contactless on;y. I do not want to use card for a coffeee and they were only selling in plastic cups which makes drink taste awful, dogs on beach despite signs saying they are are not permitted, run over by escooters on prom despite not being allowed on prom, town a dump, no shops, will never recommend
Written 21 September 2021
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DaveOsbourne
Brighton and Hove, UK19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Solo
I reported a dog On the beach and despite calling 3 times and waiting 3 hours nobody came to deal with it.
On the hottest day of the year so far the dog had no shade and no water and was clearly in distress. I also reported it to 2 lifeguards who did absolutely nothing despite the dog being on a dog free beach infront of their tower!

I was told the beach rangers were busy yet from Boscombe pier to Hengisbury Head I never saw one in 2 days.

Clearly the rules that no dogs are allowed on the main beaches during peak doesn't apply as it certainly isn't enforced.

One of the RNLI Lifeguards I saw on patrol was actually looking inland instead of the sea.

I've been coming to Bournemouth for over 40 years and its only got worse. If your renting one of the controversial overnight beach huts then they are interested but if not your on your own!

Over the years the Council has squandered millions of tax payers money and continue to do so on projects that benefit the privileged few.
Written 21 July 2021
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Chris_Emery_27
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Sandy beach, very clean if you arrive early in the morning, people were distancing and respecting each other's safe space; ice cream vendors at both ends of the beach. The water was very clean and shallow, easy to have a relaxing swim or for kids to play safely. The Oceanarium is minutes away, lots of take away places very near by, the beach gets a bit messy towards sunset as some uncivilised people left their rubbish on the beach. It would be nice if the council would have some beach chairs to rent for the day to increase the comfort of the visitors.
Written 3 August 2020
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Wend2311
Crawley, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
What a fabulous beach. We have just come back from a long weekend break and the weather was hot on all days. We stayed very near the pier at the Hermitsge hotel which is a 2 minute walk to the 7 mile beach . Beautiful sand and plenty of bars and food cafes and restaurants right down by the beach. Lifesavers In their lookout building gave everyone a reassuring feeling of safety. We could safely stay at a comfortable difference as the beach is so large . There were two sets of toilets that were reasonably clean. All in all this is a fabulous place to come to and we look forward to seeing Bournemouth again in 2031
Written 23 September 2020
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Andy C
Bedford, UK42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The beach is seriously overcrowded considering we are supposed to be social distancing at the moment and this despite signs telling people it’s too busy and to go home. It is also covered in litter, I guess there are bins around, maybe some people should learn how to use them or take their rubbish home? And when did playing personal music over a speaker so that you can annoy people nearby become the norm? Serious lack of respect for the keep left signs, just a free for all. Seems like some people have completely lost the plot since we’ve been allowed out again. Personally I’d stay at home.
Written 12 August 2020
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Patricia Gomes
London, UK228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Solo
The first time that I have been in Bournemouth was 15 years ago! Looong time.
Back now, I could see the difference and the city still charming, on my point of view Bornemouth still in 70s, the architeture, the place looks like a little bit vintage.
The pier during early morning is great for a walking or just to feel the fresh air from the sea.
Lot’s of seagulls, beautiful ones.
After 11am you can have a nice fish and chips near by the beach, not expensive one, for less than 10 pounds you can have it, plus a drink.
The ice cream, well... enJOY it!
Written 24 July 2020
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Zoe B
Worthing, UK1,348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This a lovely sandy beach with many facilities, one of the few traditional beach resorts in England that still thrives and because of this, it is very busy. You notice it more if you have come along the coast from Poole & Sandbanks as we had.
With the town a short walk away, it is always popular. The pier has been maximised with attractions, just a shame they charge you to walk along it (although understandable for running costs) but I come from a seaside town that lets you use it for free.
Written 5 September 2020
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ayalasibanda
Greater London, UK600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We stayed within walking distance so can't comment on parking, but passed street parking and ncp parking.

The beach was lovely, perfect long stretch on golden soft sand, no shoes required. There were some small stones and shells, but nothing major.

We were soon offered bands for the kids as oer other reviews and I loved this - felt safe that families were looked after.

It's a steep stair case down to the beach, or there's a funicular (think it said £4 odd for a family), but my kids were fine with the stairs.

The sea is calm, it welcomed you to swim in its cold waters.

The only thing that lets this place down is the amusement/fun fairs/money grabbing attractions.. no need for this...

Hours of fun
Written 27 August 2021
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Tara P
Aylesbury, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Lovely clean beach with lots of amenities and a lovely clean beach for dogs.
Beach itself was very busy but still didn’t feel crammed.
Really disappointing toilet facilities on pier which were absolutely rancid and I’m not posh , I’ll pee anywhere but I couldn’t face these toilets and I’ll save the reasons why incase you’re eating.
They either need to charge to use these facilities or regularly check them in busy periods .
We had a few drinks in the pavilion which was lovely but again, nearest toilets are the pier.
Written 14 August 2022
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Mark F
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Rip off parking at £7.40 on the app for 2 hours, no consideration for disabled parking with blue badge unless you have a Bournemouth and Poole permit, constantly hassled by the locals wanting money, cigarettes and tea whilst we sat out in the town.

We took our parents to Bournemouth for the day as they had never been and because we were only a 40 min drive away we thought it might be a nice day. How wrong were we. We parked on the top car park over looking the beach and promenade which had quite nice views. The parking fee was £7.40 on the parking app for 2 hours which I thought was extortionate especially if I'd known what our experience was going to be like.

My father-in-law is registered disabled and has a blue badge but please be aware parking fees still apply unless you have a local Bournemouth and Poole permit.

We walked into town and there were some nice shops opposite the park and the bird aviary but as we ventured into town it is quite run down and in poor condition. This is like many towns at the moment so this was to be expected.

We found what we thought was a nice coffee shop and sat outside as it was quite a nice morning. Within minutes of sitting down we were hassled by not one local but several over a period of 30 mins, all asking for money , cigarettes and tea. My parents became very anxious and all they wanted to do was leave and not explore the town anymore. We even had a big issue seller hassle us at the coffee shop and then again further down the street as we wouldn't give him any money.

We made our way back to the car and moved on to Christchurch where we had a lovely mid morning and afternoon vist.

If I had to sum up Bournemouth in one word I would say disappointing. I certainly wouldn't return and I wouldn't recommend a visit if your elderly or don't like to be hassled by the local community, when all you want is a stress free visit whilst you're away on holiday.

If I had to score it ,1 out of 10 would be my answer.
Written 5 May 2024
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