This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bournemouth. To help you make friends with Bournemouth before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Bournemouth is a typical English seaside resort town in the South West of England, located in the county of Dorset, on the South Coast.
There is a range of different accommodation options, from Bournemouth hostels to bed and breakfasts, family holiday resorts, camp and caravan sites, and budget or luxury hotels. Some Bournemouth hostels are located in old, Victorian-style houses, with large window frames; high ceilings; and usually with a beautiful, traditional Victorian interior. Most hostels in Bournemouth are located within a couple of minutes' walking distance from the waterfront, where many shops, restaurants, and nightlife can be found. Bournemouth hostels, though generally located in older buildings, still provide all the usual hostel amenities, such as hot water showers, central heating, double glazing, a fully equipped modern kitchen, free Wi-Fi or internet access via computers, and free city maps and information about local attractions and events. Hostels in Bournemouth tend to have a social, lively, friendly vibe, and provide an ideal environment to meet other like-minded people.
Bournemouth is a small town, which can be explored on foot; however, there is also a public bus system, which runs throughout the week. You can walk down Bournemouth pier; smell the fresh sea breeze; enjoy some local, homemade fudge; and admire the sandy beaches (not all British seaside resort towns have sandy beaches -- many only have pebble beaches).
Bournemouth has a number of good seafood restaurants and "chippies" (fish and chip shops), which serve the traditional British dish. There are also a number of good pubs (public houses), bars, and nightclubs, for those visitors wishing to sample some local ales.
Written by local enthusiast for Bournemouth hostelsKelly Sheldrick