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The largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth is actually less than 200 years old – having 'started' as a single guest house located in an isolated spot amongst heathland dunes in 1811. The resort initially grew slowly until when – in the 1870's – it was connected to the rail network. Prior to that point in time, the nearest railway station for any visitors wishing to travel to Bournemouth from London was Wimborne Minster!

By 2001 the population of Bournemouth had grown to approx. 163,000 (source: National Statistics Office) and the town is now one of the premier holiday resorts on the south coast of England, at its busiest – and liveliest – during the summer months.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • Town Hall and war memorial (picture)
  • Art Deco style department store frontage - The Square (picture)
  • Early morning on the beach (picture)
  • At either end of the day the beach becomes a quite place, a place to reflect (picture)
  • Mid-summer on the beach (picture)

In the middle row of pictures:

  • Late 20th century architecture - Richmond Hill (picture)
  • Central Gardens (picture)
  • Lower Gardens (picture)
  • Just some of the many hundred guest houses and hotels (picture)
  • The Russell-Cotes museum (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Orchard Walk (picture)
  • Camera Obscura - The Square (picture)
  • PS Waverley docked at the pier (picture)
  • Bournemouth International Centre (picture)
  • The Pier – seen on a winter's afternoon (picture)

Other Bournemouth galleries on this site:  Bournemouth in the summer, the Rallye Sunseeker

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionCanford Heath (how Bournemouth might have looked pre 1800), Wimborne Minster

directionHengistbury Head, Christchurch

directionPoole, Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island, Studland Bay

Other sites on the web

Bournemouth:   The official town website

Boscombe:   The Boscombe Community Arts Network – and the 'other' pier

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum:   Opening times, exhibitions, museum tour

Bournemouth Tourism:   Visitor information, events, what to do, etc.

West's Geology Field Guide to the Bournemouth Cliffs

The Dorset Page:   Bournemouth, Branksome, Boscombe – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Bournemouth in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 012
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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