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Flights to Bournemouth

Keeping the tradition of the British seaside holiday alive, Bournemouth has retained some of its beautiful Victorian seafront charm and peppered it with a sprinkle of modern culture.

Seven miles of golden beaches make Bournemouth an instant family favourite but thanks to a dazzling nightlife, hip music festivals and galleries galore, it has much to attract the pleasure seeking holidaymaker.

The lavish Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and the Atrium Gallery offer up a taste of traditional and modern art with the history of Bournemouth thrown in. Local landmark St Peters Church is where famed author Mary Shelly and the heart of her romantic poet partner, Percy Shelly, are buried. Bournemouth Pier provides stunning views out across the English Channel while Boscombe Pier overlooks Boscombe Surf Reef, a popular spot with the local boarding community.

Strolling through the main square, through the lush greenery of Central Gardens or perhaps a day at one of the town’s luxurious spas, is a nice way to get away from it all, or for those who want to part with their spending money, a trawl around the high street shops, local markets or nearby Lower Parkstone with its specialist shops and hip cafes is ideal.

After a day of water-sports and amusement arcades, catch a show at the Pavillion Theatre or amble on to one of the town’s lively restaurants or bars to watch the lights of the pier illuminate Bournemouth.

The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Bournemouth Airport is located just 7 miles from the centre of the city and can be reached by car in approximately 15 minutes. The A1 Yellow Bus service operates from outside the airport terminal with a journey time or around 25-30 minutes. Alternatively, there are taxi available for hire outside the arrivals hall of the airport.

What you need to know

Currency: The British Pound (£)

Visas: EU and UK nationals do not require a visa required to enter the UK, however a passport with three months validity from beyond departure is required by all visitors. Nationals of countries outside the EU may require a visa to enter the UK. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign office website.

Laws: 16 and 17 year olds can drink beer, cider and wine with a meal as long as they are accompanied by someone over the age of 18. Otherwise, 18 is the legal age for purchasing and consuming alcohol. A ban on smoking in all indoor public places is in force across the whole of the UK and prevents smoking in bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, workplaces and on public transport. 

Best Time to Visit

Bournemouth sees mostly mild temperatures all year round however the summer months are the warmest for enjoying the most this coastal town has to offer. This time of year is however, also the busiest, but with fair weather from March to September, Bournemouth can be enjoyed in late spring and early autumn with fewer tourists crowding its golden beaches. Those not fans of rain should avoid visiting in November which brings monsoon-style rainfall to the area.

Carnival week in July and August is a great occasion for all the family while the Annual Air Festival in August is a must for aircraft fans. The Bournemouth Music Festival in June, the Summer Fireworks Display and the Flower by Candlelight are other big draws to the town while the Arts by the Sea Festival and the Bournemouth Marathon liven up the autumn months.

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