Local area guide

Living in Bournemouth

A bustling seaside town with a young student vibe, Bournemouth has sandy beaches galore and is just a 20 minute drive from the New Forest.

Your guide to moving to Bournemouth

Why Bournemouth is a good place to live

With award-winning sandy beaches stretching for 7 miles along its doorstep, buzzing Bournemouth is the largest town in the county of Dorset.

There are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy at the weekends, from fine dining to cheap and cheerful options.

Or for a more relaxing vibe, the Upper, Central, and Lower Gardens run through the centre of town and date back to the Victorian era.

Bournemouth is surrounded by upmarket neighbourhoods, the infamous Sandbanks is just down the road and the nearby village of Westbourne is also a great location for shopping, with an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques, gift shops and vintage stores.

There are some beautiful countryside walks nearby, including a hike up to Hengistbury Head, and the New Forest is just 20 minutes away by car.

The schools here are excellent, with plenty of Good primary schools and four Outstanding secondaries to choose from.

What's Bournemouth famous for?

Apart from it's beautiful beaches, Bournemouth has not one, but two piers.

The iconic, 300 metre long Bournemouth Pier has family amusements and ice creams galore, while the lesser known Boscombe Pier happens to be the illustrious winner of a Pier of the Year award and is a relaxing spot for enjoying all the views from.

If you love a beach hut, Bournemouth is the place to get one, with 2,000 of them nestled along the shore. It has beach hut kudos points too, since it happens to also be the place where the very first public one opened in England back in 1909. Hut number 2359 still has a plaque outside commemorating its place in history.

Things to do in Bournemouth

From beachside strolls to seaside action with scuba diving , snorkelling , beach yoga , jet skiing and power boating courses, if you love the sea, you're going to love it here.

For the brave, Bournemouth also boasts the world's first pier-to-shore zip wire with two lines, so the whole family can fly at the same time.

After all that excitement, you might like to check out Frieda’s Afternoon Tea Bus, which takes you on a tour of the town while you enjoy an afternoon tea.

For shopping fans, Bournemouth has Victorian arcades alongside high street favourites, and the bohemian Triangle area is well worth a visit, as are the charming stores at nearby Poole Harbour.

A suburb of Bournemouth called Pokesdown is quickly establishing itself as the new ‘Vintage Quarter’ of the city - and the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium is a must.

Or, for a more relaxing afternoon, Bournemouth’s utterly lovely, award-winning Upper, Central, and Lower Gardens are the place to be.

Average asking prices in Bournemouth today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£333,000

45 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£500,000

302 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£350,000

57 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£205,000

481 properties for sale

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Transport in Bournemouth

Trains

Just under two hours from London on a direct train, Bournemouth also has excellent connections to the surrounding areas and beyond.

Regular services run to Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Southampton, Reading and Waterloo, among others.

And locally, residents can travel to Poole, Weymouth, the New Forest and more.

Buses

Bournemouth has a comprehensive bus service operated by Morebus, which makes getting around nice and easy.

Routes cover the town’s major shopping districts, as well as connecting Bournemouth to Southbourne, Lilliput, Poole Quay and Mudeford.

See a map of the bus network

Roads

The A338 and A35 both lead into Bournemouth, with the M27, M5 and M3 being the nearest motorways connecting it to the rest of the country.

Traffic can sometimes be a problem in Dorset, particularly in the summertime, as the main roads in and out of the county are A roads rather than motorways, and are often single lane.

Airport

Bournemouth Airport operates regular flights to the rest of the UK, Ireland and mainline Europe, run by airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair and Thomsonfly.

Transport connections

Bournemouth
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Pokesdown
National Rail
1.9 miles / 3.1 km
Branksome
National Rail
2.3 miles / 3.7 km
Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
3.4 miles / 5.5 km
Parkstone (Dorset)
National Rail
3.6 miles / 5.8 km
Christchurch
National Rail
3.8 miles / 6.1 km

Schools in Bournemouth

Bournemouth has some great schools for kids. There's a wide selection of Good Ofsted-rated primaries, while Manorside Academy and Queen's Park Academy are both rated Outstanding.

In terms of secondary schools, Bournemouth school, Winton Academy, Glenmore Academy, and Bournemouth School for Girls are all rated Outstanding, while Bishop of Winchester Academy is rated Good.

Schools in Bournemouth

Livingstone Academy Bournemouth
Ages: 4 - 19 years old
Kings Bournemouth
Ages: 14 - 25 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Malmesbury Park Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Bethany Church of England Junior School
Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
St Clement's and St John's Church of England Infant School
Ages: 5 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Michael's Church of England Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)