Bournemouth is a lively, cosmopolitan town on the south coast of the UK known for its sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.
Almost 190,000 people live in the town and, with around 20,000 students and a large number of language schools, Bournemouth has a fun, international atmosphere. It is home to vibrant nightlife, international cuisine, an array of watersports and a Premier League football team, AFC Bournemouth.
The 12-kilometre-long beach is a great place to relax in the sun, enjoy an evening barbecue or sip a beachside cocktail. You can also enjoy watersports such as surfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding and jet-skiing, or join the many locals who run, cycle or skate along the seafront.
The town centre shopping area has many places to enjoy a drink, plus cafés and restaurants including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Brazilian. There are also a number of international supermarkets selling Asian and European foods.
Near to Bournemouth, you'll find the Jurassic Coast (a UNESCO World Heritage site), as well as the beautiful New Forest and historic places such as Stonehenge and Bath – with its famous Roman remains.
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Bournemouth has an international airport, ferry connections to France from neighbouring Poole and is less than two hours by direct train from London.