Getting here

Bournemouth’s venues, hotels and attractions are all within easy reach of the UK’s major cities.


Flights from Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Faro and Krakow operate into nearby Bournemouth International and Southampton airports. London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are two hours away by road or rail.


Just one hour and 45 minutes from London and around two hours from Bristol and Brighton.


Accessed via the M3, M27, A31 and A338. Just two hours from London, Bristol and Brighton.


Fast and frequent ferry links from Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth place the Channel Islands, France and Spain within easy reach. Brittany Ferries operate 10 weekly sailings from Cherbourg to Poole, each taking four hours, 15 minutes.


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Digital and creative

‘Silicon South’ boasts a highly-skilled talent pool, a robust and efficient high-speed infrastructure and an exceptional location, which combines outstanding natural beauty with a cosmopolitan, cultured lifestyle.

Specialist expertise in the region includes visual effects, gaming, animation, digital, app creation, and post-production. It’s a unique blend of experienced professionals and exceptional new talent, much of which comes out of the two Dorset-based universities (Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University), which both specialise in the creative and digital industries.

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The world’s first research programme dedicated to measuring the success rates of hip replacements performed by robotic-assisted arm surgery was launched in Bournemouth. 

Nuffield Health, Bournemouth Hospital and Bournemouth University partnered to head up the research following investment from the world’s leading medical technology company, Stryker.

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Advanced engineering

Advanced engineering, which includes Aerospace, Defence, Composite and Marine technologies is a rapidly growing sector across Dorset.  

Combined, these industries employ around 17,300 people and contribute £803 million to the region’s economy. 

Dorset companies excelling in advanced engineering include global and European leaders such as AVIC, Cobham, BAE Systems, Magellan Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Honeywell, Ultra Electronics, Tods Defence and GA Telesis, in addition to an impressive array of local supply businesses.


Where to stay

Quality accommodation is in abundance, with 7,000 bedrooms available across the town.

5* hotels 766 bedrooms
4* hotels 6,234 bedrooms
3* and under properties 6,234 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing) 200 bedrooms



Bournemouth has hundreds of indoor and outdoor venues for staging events of all shapes and sizes. These include country houses, academic institutions, hotels and the south-coast’s largest purpose-built conference centre.

Bournemouth International Centre
Hilton Bournemouth
Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel
AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom


Bournemouth and the surrounding Jurassic coastline of Dorset offers masses of choice for incentive activities. Unspoilt, protected landscapes and dramatic seascapes provide an exhilarating and beautiful setting for an eclectic mix of extreme challenges, coastal treks, off-road safaris, cosy pub stops and world-class dining experiences.

Off-road driving to Corfe Castle
Jetski safari
Zip Challenge

Dining & social

The Brewhouse & Kitchen
Fine dining

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