Boasting seven miles of sandy beaches and some of the best weather in Britain, Bournemouth is a major tourist resort, popular with visitors from all over Britain and beyond.
Bournemouth is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town that is also home to a large student population and an increasing number of young professionals.
The town has good shopping facilities, a growing café culture and a buzzing nightlife. Over 40 nightclubs in and around the town centre make Bournemouth a popular destination for clubbers and stag and hen parties, and The Triangle area is home to a thriving gay scene.
Bournemouth also offers all the practical resources for everyday life, such as childcare facilities, healthcare services, a diverse range of schools and places of worship, public libraries and sports and leisure centres.
Terraced houses, seaside flats, purpose-built apartments, modern townhouses and spacious semi-detacheds are just some examples of the types of property available to rent in Bournemouth.
The services sector and tourism account for many of the job opportunities in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. Business tourism is a growth industry; the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) has played host to Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences in recent years.
Financial services is another big employer with household names such as Standard Life, Lloyds TSB Insurance and Liverpool Victoria all having a presence in the town.
Bournemouth has lots to offer when it comes to culture, entertainment, leisure and recreation. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum has famous paintings and gems on display, there is live entertainment at the BIC and the Pavilion Theatre, and many public parks and gardens to explore.
For the more adventurous, Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beaches provide the perfect setting for a range of watersports activities, including surfing, windsurfing and sailing.
Bournemouth’s 250 restaurants cater for all tastes, serving up everything from traditional seaside fish and chips to gourmet dining made from the very best local ingredients.
Some of the finest food is to be found in villages outside of the town centre, such as Charminster and Westbourne, which have gained a reputation as the ‘in’ places to eat.
Bournemouth is centrally located on the south coast and serviced by public transport, good road links and an international airport, Bournemouth Airport. The nearby ports of Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth run regular services that provide easy access to the continental ferry ports.