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The wonderful seaside city called the "English Riviera" too

 

Trips to Bournemouth - England's coastal resort town

 

Bournemouth is a coastal resort town sometimes known as the ‘English Riviera’. It is located, east of the Jurassic coast, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, spanning 96-miles. Bournemouth is the largest settlement in Dorset with a population of 183,491. If you are looking for trips to Bournemouth than go no further, we have all the information you need!

 

Origin of Bournemouth

 

Bournemouth was once a deserted area visited only by fishermen and smugglers before its founding in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell. It was, at first, marketed as a health resort and received some renown when it was given some attention in The Spas of England, written by Augustus Granville in 1841, but it was with Bournemouth’s first railway in 1870 that brought the town recognition.

 

With the arrival of the railway, Bournemouth had attracted a great amount of holidaymakers from London as well as from cities even further away, such as Birmingham and Nottingham. The number of tourists had risen, so had the population of permanent residents as well, which had a positive effect on the economy and infrastructure of the town.

 

The port of Bournemouth

 

The history of the piers in Bournemouth is extensive, but it’s good to know that the first one was 100-foot wooden jetty completed on the 2nd of August 1856 only to be was replaced 5 years later in 1861 by a 1000-foot wooden pier that George Rennie designed. This cost £3,418 and opened on 17th September 1861.

 

The piles were replaced with cast iron in 1866 and part of the pier was destroyed by strong winds in January 1867. In 1876, a storm made the structure completely unfit for steamers and had to be demolished, then replaced with a temporary construction in time for the season.
Eugenius Birch was the designer behind the 838-foot iron pier in 1880 costing £21,600. There was a bandstand and shelters added in 1855, located at the pier head followed by extensions in 1894 and 1905 with the new landing stage increasing the pier’s length to 1,000 feet.
The pier was breached as a countermeasure for breaching in 1940, and was re-opened in 1946. The pier-head was reconstructed in 1950 and a concrete substructure was built in 1960 to carry the new theatre.

 

Places of interest in Bournemouth

 

One of the reasons for trips to Bournemouth is to visit on of the approximately 239 listed structures of the city, most of them ranging from the Victorian and Edwardian era. These structures are all diverse and include water towers, gas lamps, telephone kiosks, railings; and a wide variety of public, industrial, commercial and agricultural buildings. One of the most notable features of the town is the amount of Victorian architecture you can find. In the town centre alone you can find three incredible temples: they are the St Peter’s Church, St Clement’s Church, and St Stephen’s Church. The 202-foot-tall spire of St Peter’s Church serves as a notable landmark of Bournemouth.

 

Bournemouth attracts over 5 million visitors annually for its Victorian era wonders, the Gothic architecture in Salisbury and Neolithic monument of Stonehenge, where you’ll find the area around the South Coast resort teeming with history. There’s also a plethora of museums and theatres where you can surround yourself with heritage and culture.

 

Bournemouth is situated to the east of Poole being the same in all intents and purposes, but there are big differences between the two towns. Bournemouth has been around longer than its neighbour, with many Victorian era buildings reflecting this epoque in the town center and some of the larger established hotels.

 

The Victorians are the ones who constructed the magnificent twin piers which have become trademark of the town. The beachfront area is the penultimate English seaside resort with plenty of things to do and refreshments along the 7-mile coast that stretches west towards Poole and east in the direction of Christchurch.

 

Bournemouth is the perfect location in southern England if you want to enjoy the mild coastal climate on a day trip.

 

The Victorians are the ones who constructed the magnificent twin piers which have become trademark of the town. The beachfront area is the penultimate English seaside resort with plenty of things to do and refreshments along the 7-mile coast that stretches west towards Poole and east in the direction of Christchurch.

 

Bournemouth is the perfect location in southern England if you want to enjoy the mild coastal climate on a day trip.

 
 
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