10 things to do in Bournemouth for less than £20

Travel October 14, 2016

With seven miles of beaches and a buzzing nightlife, Bournemouth is the perfect destination for a very British language stay. We asked our colleagues at Kings to recommend 10 things to do for under £20… Here is the list, have fun!


Brownsea Island

Fancy some fresh air? Just outside Poole harbour, Brownsea Island is a beautiful nature reserve with one of largest natural populations of the endangered red squirrel. Hop on the ferry (£11.00) and discover the British version of a “deserted island”. Entry fee: £5.00.

Brownsea island


Splashdown Waterpark

Yes, Brits love spending their holidays in the Mediterranean, but those who stay on the shores of the Channel in summer also deserve to go for a splash! At Splashdown Waterpark, you will enjoy some of the wildest slides in the UK for only £11.50 (per two-hour session). Oh, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!


Vintage shopping

If you love vintage items, head to Christchurch Road in Boscombe, which is within walking distance from the centre of Bournemouth. From china teacups to trendy blazers – explore the tiny antique stores to hunt for the best retro clothing, shoes and home décor items. A must!

flea market


Poole Rock Climbing Centre

If you’re in for a challenge, test your climbing skills at this indoor bouldering facility in Poole. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, you will find a wall to practice. You can also book 1-hour lessons – an excellent way to meet locals! Entry fee: £5 (under 18) or £7 (adults).


High Tea at Frieda’s Tea Room

Cream tea (scones with cream and jam) is one of the most English delicatessens you can try, and one of the best places to enjoy it in Bournemouth is Frieda’s Tea Room. Conveniently located in the centre of the town, its traditional kitsch style and its delicious variety of cakes make it the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth.

tea scones


Bournemouth Zip

At the very end of the Bournemouth Pier, the PierZip provides a unique experience: zip your way back to the shore and fly over the waves. Price: £18 per person.


Coastal walks

Bournemouth has a 7-mile coastline that is perfect to explore either by bike or by foot. Apart from the stunning view, you will enjoy the many restaurants, shops and local attractions that you will find along the shore. Obviously, you don’t need to spend a single penny on this one!

bournemouth beach


The New Forest

A short train ride from Bournemouth will take you to the beautiful New Forest National Park, which is full of wildlife and home to several traditional English villages. Go for a walk, take your bike or simply enjoy a pub lunch… there’s something for everyone! Price: return train fare to Brockenhurst – from £7.60.


Bournemouth Gardens Tennis Centre

For only £10, you can play a tennis match at the Bournemouth Gardens Tennis Centre. Located next to the beautiful Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens and alongside the Bourne Stream, the tennis centre offers both indoor and outdoor courts. No membership required!


Corfe Castle

Partially destroyed in 1646, Corfe Castle is one of the most iconic survivors of the English Civil War. Let yourself be captivated by these ruins and by the stunning views across Purbeck. Visit this fascinating location and travel back in time for under £10 (plus bus fare).

corfe castle


If you’ve been to Bournemouth and have your own tips about what to do for under £20, share them on the comments section below!

By Carlos Heras

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