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This panorama was taken of Bournemouth town square, which has been pedestrianised over recent years. The square has now become an attractive place to relax and there are often activities being put on for tourists. Most of the main high-street shopping areas radiate out from here, the River Bourne runs beneath it on the way through the Pleasure Gardens to the sea.


Bournemouth Map - Bournemouth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bournemouth Map' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.

This Bournemouth map shows many of the beaches, hotels sights and attractions in and around Bournemouth in a unique way. On the map of Bournemouth are markers showing the locations of fully 360° panoramas that have been taken around the town. The pins show the locations of the beaches, chines, hotels and other locations within Bournemouth. Each panoramic image or picture is accompanied by some local and travel information forming a comprehensive virtual tour of this part of Dorset.

This collection of panoramas provides one of the most extensive virtual tours of Bournemouth available. The Bournemouth map used is a Google map, it can be viewed either as a street map of Bournemouth, or changed to show highly detailed satellite images of the town and the surrounding area. A hybrid version overlays the road map of Bournemouth onto the satellite image.

A full list of the panoramas linked to this Bournemouth map is given on the Bournemouth Index.


Bournemouth is on the South Coast of England, between to Poole and Christchurch, about 30 minutes drive from Southampton. It has become a very popular tourist destination in the summer due to the warm, sunny climate and long, sandy beaches. It is full of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation of all levels, from luxury hotels like the Savoy Hotel, Menzies Carlton Hotel and Bay View Court Hotel to the local hostel.

Bournemouth beach is the longest beach in England. An unbroken stretch of yellow sand all the way from Hengistbury Head near Christchurch past Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks beach near Poole Harbour. The various beaches from Hengistbury Head include Boscombe Beach and Bournemouth Beach. Continuing towards Poole are Westcliff Beach, and then the beaches of Durley Chine and Alum Chine. In Poole there Branksome Chine and then Sandbanks Beach. From here the Sandbanks chain ferry crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour linking to yet more sandy beaches at Shell Bay and Studland. Many of the cliff tops are lined with hotels offering panoramic views over Bournemouth Bay.

Bournemouth is not only popular because of the beaches, the town is packed with shopping and a large number of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas cater for evening entertainment. The Pleasure Gardens run along the River Bourne through the town centre. Within the gardens are the Pavilion Theatre, crazy golf and a balloon on a wire which provides a panoramic view of the town. On the Pier Approach are the Bournemouth Aquarium and amusement arcades.

Bournemouth is also home to the Bournemouth International Centre (also called the BIC) and the internationally renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The local Bournemouth International Airport is nearby offering flights within the UK and to other European destinations like Mallorca. As well as having numerous hotels for tourists, Bournemouth is also a popular destination for people wanting to learn English. There many language schools around the town. One of the principle ones being the Kings School of English.

Near to Bournemouth - along the coast

For those who are looking for more than a long sandy beach with shopping attached, there are a great many number of fascinating places to visit.

Christchurch and Poole are worth a visit in their own right, each having a distinct local character and feel. Christchurch Priory is a famous church and nearby is Hengitsbury Head, a land spit with an impressive view of the surrounding area including the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

To the West is the port of Poole, famous for it's large natural harbour and Poole Pottery, Poole Park and Compton Acres among other things. One can travel round the bay passing through lovely towns like Wareham (which used to be a port in times past before the estuary silted up). Further round are the ruins of Corfe Castle, the only castle to be successfully defended through 2 sieges in the 17th Century by a woman, Lady Bankes, the wife of Royalist Sir John Bankes, while the latter was fighting for the king. She was eventually betrayed by one of her own leading to the capture of the castle by the Round Head armies of Cromwell. Parliament then decreed that the castle should be destroyed so as to no longer pose a threat. The remains stand on a hillock in a strategic gap in the Purbeck Range

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, and provides passenger and freight transport to France. In the middle is Brownsea Island nature reserve, famous for red squirrels and the origins of Scouting. It is well worth a visit, access by boat from near the Poole Harbour ferry and Poole Quay. Other tiny islands are also scattered around the harbour, which is home to a large flotilla of both working and pleasure boats of all types in a number of marinas.

A chain ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour links Sandbanks to Studland and Shell Bay. Studland Bay has yet more beaches in a Nature Reserve, being flanked by the mouth of Poole Harbour at one end and Old Harry Rocks at the other. Studland is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast, and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The site is the only place in Britain in which all seven native reptile species may be found and is owned by the National Trust. A little further along the coast is the seaside town of Swanage, well known for the steam train, diving and the long sandy Swanage Beach.

Near to Bournemouth - inland

Nearby inland is the New Forrest, full of great woodland walks and activities including horse riding, cycling and camping. The area contains a number of picturesque villages and traditional pubs, often serving local produce. In the area is also The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, home to over 250 vehicles from some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Record Breakers like Bluebird and Golden Arrow. In the same area are the Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.

Also found inland are Maiden Castle and Bradbury Rings. Further afield to the East is Southampton and Portsmouth, home to the remains of the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, the Iron Warrior - one of the first iron clad war ships built.

Recent Local Panoramas

Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach / Abbotsbury
Chesil Beach Tank Defences
Chesil Beach Tank Defences / Abbotsbury
Brownsea Island from the ferry
Brownsea Island from the ferry / Poole
West Bay, Cliff View
West Bay, Cliff View / Bridport
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2010
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2010 / Blandford Forum
Market day in Dorchester
Market day in Dorchester / Dorchester
Hinton Ampner II
Hinton Ampner II / Alresford
Hinton Ampner
Hinton Ampner / Alresford


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