Best apartments in Bournemouth and self-catering cottages
Discover holiday apartments with a sea view in Bournemouth at great prices
Find holiday homes in Bournemouth and take a trip to the iconic seaside town in Dorset, which attracts both the young and old thanks to its wonderful leisure offering along the south coast of England. Hundredrooms are determined to find you the perfect holiday accommodation in this lively coastal town, and we do so by searching thousands of holiday rentals across our various partners, and taking into consideration how many people you’ll be travelling with along with which dates you would like to travel. We take the stress out of booking so that all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your trip and your Bournemouth holiday cottages. Bournemouth is a vibrant place that originally served as a spa town for Victorian holidaymakers, and is now a place where you can enjoy sandy beaches, the best shopping, and one of the most exciting nightlife scenes along the south coast in what is known as ‘The Triangle’. Relax next to the British beach huts that have been a seaside tradition since the Victorian times, or explore the Dorset countryside from the comfort of your Bournemouth self-catering accommodation. The Alum Chine coastline and the adjoining gardens are somewhat of a tropical paradise, so you should be sure to take a walk along the bay here from your beach cottage. With 7 miles of coastline, Bournemouth boasts some of the most well-preserved Victorian gardens and is only a short distance from the UNESCO certified Jurassic Coast. Find holiday houses near to Bournemouth Pier, and enjoy seafood from some of the best restaurants around. There is a whole range of holiday cottages to rent in this town, and there are many activities to take part in. Don’t forget to visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, or visit any of the historic houses that surround the Dorset countryside. Find holiday flats in Bournemouth so you can have easy access to Cranborne Chase or the West Wiltshire Downs and admire some of the most coveted beauty spots in the UK. If you are looking for an active holiday during the daytime, Bournemouth has access to a whole wealth of activities such as rock climbing and zip lines, and the beautifully manicured Bournemouth Gardens. It is also only a train journey away from other towns along the coast such as Poole and Christchurch too, should you decide to rent a private rental to then explore other places. With Hundredrooms, we can offer you one of the greatest selections of lodges to rent in Bournemouth available - what are you waiting for? Let us help you out and on your way to organising the best trip to the south coast.
Places to stay in Bournemouth
Bournemouth is fairly easy to navigate and tends to be a collection of areas near the sea, but depending on exactly what you want from your trip to the city, we can help you decide on where to book your cheap apartment.
- Town Centre: The town centre comprises The Triangle, The Square, Old Christchurch Road and Commercial Road. Just a stone’s throw from the sea, The Triangle is considered to be the centre point for food, nightlife, culture and the arts. It is also the gay hub of the city, and is a lively place to go out at night. It is also a great choice if you’re looking for holiday accommodation for one night in Bournemouth.
- East Cliff: Eastwards of the pier, you can choose this stretch of coastline as a great place to stay in Bournemouth. Here you can find the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and museum, and you will benefit from a truly wonderful sea view. It also has a funicular cliff to take you up and down the cliff to the promenade. It is a well kept area, with lawns and hotel bars.
- West Cliff: To the west of the pier with a large range of holiday homes to rent in Bournemouth. It is also close to the Triangle and a short distance from the beach. It has a funicular lift to take you up and down the cliff.
- Westbourne & Alum Chine: The traditional shopping district of Bournemouth, this area is characterised by its Victorian arcade, independent boutiques and wealth of cafes and places to eat. It is only a short 15 minute walk from the town centre. It is a busy commercial hub which may take your fancy as the location for your holiday apartment.
- Southbourne: This suburb is buzzing with life, and has a wonderful selection of artisan restaurants, lots of bars and microbreweries, some of the most unique shopping experiences and its beach next to the Fisherman’s Walk trial.
- Boscombe: Just a short distance from the town centre is this place which has a beautiful Victorian Arcade and the Sovereign Centre, for indoor shopping. It has lots of unique buys, and shops dating back to the Victorian era. It has a lot of places to eat and drink, and many independent businesses. It is a great place to choose a place to stay in Bournemouth thanks to its thriving nightlife with the O2 Academy located nearby, and also the Boscombe Cliff Gardens and Boscombe Pier along the seafront.
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When to visit Bournemouth
While it is common knowledge that Bournemouth can be enjoyed during the summer months, it is also a popular winter destination as there is a lot to do. Winter walks along the promenade are a popular past time, and popularity rarely dwindles nowadays during the winter months as a destination for apartments for one night. The cost of holiday accommodation is naturally highest in the months of July and August when it is the school holidays, or during bank holiday weekends. Bournemouth Beach is a lot quieter during the autumn, and the water is still warm enough to go for a swim or take part in water sports. The heights of temperature during the months of July are at 22 degrees Celsius, but for the cheapest and quietest time of year, we recommend spring and autumn because you will still have plenty to do in the town.
Bournemouth Pier and other points of interest
Bournemouth, despite being a seaside town, is one of the most buzzing locations along the south coast. It has a surfer feel to the town, and you should be sure to try your hand at one of the many watersports on offer while here. Alternatively, the town is very attractive for both young and old, and has an exciting nightlife scene. We have compiled some of the best things to do in Bournemouth during your stay in a holiday let.
- Old Harry Rocks: The famous chalk formations located at Handfast Point, and mark the most easterly point of the UNESCO protected Jurassic Coast. It makes for an excellent walk and is a short distance from Bournemouth.
- Hengistbury Head: This headland dates back to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and has seen human activity here for many years. It is visited by many people every year and has a large amount of flora and fauna.
- Oceanarium Bournemouth: This large aquarium occupies the perfect position on the seafront, and allows you to journey across the waters of the world both above and below the sea.
- Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum: Located in Bournemouth East Cliff, this Grade II-listed building is an art gallery which is also known as East Cliff Hall.
- Adventure Wonderland: A family theme park aimed for kids up to the age of 12. You will find many rides and attractions with themes such as Peppa Pig and more.
- Bournemouth Aviation Museum: A display of over 50 aviation displays and exhibits with many aircrafts and helicopters.
- Bournemouth Pier: One of the most iconic views of Bournemouth, this pier has all of the vintage attractions dating back to the Victorian period such as a large arcade, ice cream, postcards and a bar and restaurant above.
- Durley Chine Beach: This is considered to be the town’s finest place for sunbathing, and is west of the main beach. It is dog friendly.
Similar destinations to Bournemouth
If you're thinking about travelling to Bournemouth, chances are you might enjoy some of these other British seaside locations.
- Brighton: The south coast’s answer to a unique coastal destination, just a short distance from the UK capital. It is celebrated for its alternative culture, great nightlife and beautiful Regency architecture.
- Newquay: This town has a familiar buzz both day and night as does Bournemouth. It has a lazy surfer feel to it too, and is a hub for surfers in Cornwall. Find apartments in Newquay here.
- St Ives: Located in the west of Cornwall, this town is both a surfing centre and artistic hub thanks to the beautiful subtropical peninsula. Look for apartments in St Ives here.
- Devon: The beautiful region of Devon is famous for its cream tea, craggy cliffs and Jurassic Coastline. Explore the wild natural parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor, and hop between cities and villages of various attractions.