Flights to Bournemouth
Book flights to Bournemouth and enjoy the best of the British coast.
With over seven miles of wide sandy coastline, Bournemouth is one of Britain’s largest and most popular seaside resorts. It’s been that way for generations: Thomas Hardy once described the town as ‘a Mediterranean lounging place on the English Channel.” The relaxed, bohemian atmosphere of this hippy dippy seaside town has led to the affectionate nickname ‘BoMo’.
Airports in Bournemouth
Bournemouth Airport (BOH) is four miles away from the city centre. In 1958 Bournemouth Airport was home of one of the UK's first charter flights: to Palma de Mallorca. The airport was recently refurbished and is now home to Britain's largest The Olive Tree restaurant. The new terminal is more environmentally friendly, using 70% less carbon dioxide than its previous incarnation and using the sun's position to make the most of solar energy. In 2008 the airport was ranked third best in the world by the 2008 Daily Telegraph Travel Awards, and in the same competition was named the best airport in the United Kingdom.
Airlines that fly to Bournemouth
Flybe are the only airline offering domestic flights to Bournemouth. They run services from Glasgow-International, Manchester, and Jersey.
Getting into Bournemouth
The A1 bus travels from the airport into Bournemouth station, and single tickets cost £3.30* or £5* for a day ticket. Private hire taxis are available at the airport. If you want to explore the more rural areas of Dorset and the coast, you can hire a car from Europcar, Hertz, National, or Alamo. It's always better to book in advance, so save time and money by comparing car hire from Bournemouth Airport with Skyscanner.
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When to visit Bournemouth
Summer is definitely the best time to visit the seaside. March to September is Bournemouth's high season, with an average temperature of 17°C in July. Although the seaside attractions are the biggest reasons to visit, you can still enjoy a city break in Bournemouth at any time of year. The weather is mild: February is the coldest month with an average temperature of 4°C.
Bournemouth plays host to a range of exciting festivals throughout the year, so you might want to time your trip to coincide with one of them. Motoring enthusiasts will love the Wheels Festival, which takes place every May/June and involves events with monster trucks, F1 racing cars, luxury vehicles and more. The Bournemouth Jazz Festival and the Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival take place in June too, making it one of the liveliest months in the calendar. The Bournemouth Air Festival takes place in August, and has been voted as one of the top ten airshows in the world. During summer there's plenty going on with the Onstage at Pier Approach events and Candlelight Nights. In autumn you can enjoy the Arts by the Sea Festival in October.
What to see and do
Whether you’re interested in luxury spas, surfing, or fun nightlife, you’re sure to find plenty to keep yourself entertained in Bournemouth.
Head to the beach: Seven miles of pristine golden sands, more blue flags than you can shake a stick at, and a microclimate that feels more like Dalaman than Dorset, the beach is definitely one of Bournemouth's biggest attractions. Relax on a deckchair with this summer's best-seller, or try your hand at an adrenaline pumping water-sport. During July and August you can pick up LV= KidZone wristbands for your little ones for extra fun in the sun.
Admire some art:If the weather isn't in your favour, don't worry. You can enjoy the rich culture and heritage of Bournemouth inside the city's fantastic museums. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum on the top of East Cliff is a listed building, and is home to an eye-popping collection of trinkets and artwork that Merton Russel-Coates picked up on his travels. Contemporary art exhibitions are often held here too. For work by local artists, head to the Westover Gallery. This is one of the South-West's top independent art galleries; the complimentary freshly ground coffee certainly adds to the experience.
Eat, drink and be merry: Fine dining restaurants with beautiful views across the water, trendy bistros serving up locally sourced produce, and plenty of multicultural restaurants offering exotic flavours, Bournemouth's restaurant scene is packed with variety. Bournemouth's location in Dorset means you'll find fresh seafood, locally reared meat, and artisan cheese in abundance. Don't forget to try a traditional cream tea. In terms of nightlife, there's something for everyone. Bournemouth is home to chic bars, buzzing super clubs, and laid back student pubs. No matter your drinking style you'll find the perfect place for a nightcap.
Where to stay
There's accommodation in Bournemouth to suit every type of visitor. If you haven't booked yet, compare prices on the best hotels in Bournemouth with Skyscanner. You might grab yourself a bargain.
People who like being in the heart of the action should look for hotels in Bournemouth town centre. Most of the area is pedestrianised, so you can enjoy a relaxing day of shopping and hitting the coffee shops without stressing about the traffic. This part of town is home to some of Bournemouth's most impressive sites, such as St Peter’s Church where Mary Shelley’s tomb is. This is a great part of town for party animals, too, as there are loads of pubs and nightclubs.
Hipsters should look for hotels in The Triangle, Bournemouth's trendy neighbourhood, which is known for its artistic and LGBT communities. Craft beer and artisan coffee bars are everywhere you look, as are galleries and independent shops.
Whether you're into water-sports or romantic strolls, hotels along Bournemouth Seafront are perfect for beach lovers. Restaurants line the promenade, perfect for a spot of dinner before heading to the attractions on fashion designer Wayne Hemingway's favourite pier.
For a more upmarket holiday, look for hotels in Westbourne: aka The Village. Indie shops, posh delis, fancy spas and boutique hotels characterise this upmarket neighbourhood. The nightlife is relaxed, so it's a great choice for couples or older travellers.
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