Experience a spiritual side to Bournemouth's history

Bournemouth, Dorset

Visit for the marvellous architecture, the famous final resting places or simply the atmosphere.


George Edmund Street was an Essex boy, and became famous for creating the Royal Courts of Justice on London's Strand. But before that the Victorian Gothic revival master designed St. Peter's Church, a mysterious icon of Bournemouth's rich history. Finished in 1879 the church now stands between the bars and clubs in the city centre.

But there's more to St. Peter's than that, and the spirituality it retains as a fully working church. In fact you might find it strange that in its graveyard lies a novelist whose work poked at the occult, Mary Shelley. In keeping with the dark theme of her most famous novel, Frankenstein, the heart of Shelley's husband Percy Bysshe Shelley is also interned at St. Peter's.


For more local tourist information:

  • Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre
  • Contact Details 0845 051 1700 / 01202 451720

Show me more like this:

Previous slide
S© Visit Bournemouth
I© Visit Bournemouth
Next slide
Lat: 50.719784, Long: -1.875021
View on Google MapsMore experiences nearby

Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey


To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a new account