Living in Bournemouth

With its famous beaches, Victorian architecture and thriving nightlife, Bournemouth is a town popular with a range of ages. Our estate agents can assist you when looking to buy property in the area.

Bournemouth is one of the biggest and most exciting towns on the south coast. Home to seven miles of award-winning beaches, and temporary home to millions of tourists every year, the town is a favourite for all kinds of people, from older homeowners looking to retire, to young families looking to settle down and find good schools and jobs.

Bournemouth is just under a hundred miles from London. There are a number of properties available across the town and neighbouring suburbs, ranging in price.

Are you thinking of buying a property in Bournemouth? Our local estate agents are on hand to help with any queries you might have: contact us today!

Location & Geography

West of the Jurassic Coast, Bournemouth is situated on the South coast and is extremely close to Southampton, with the A338 linking the town to Ringwood and the A31, which connects Bournemouth with Hampshire.

Bournemouth railway station connects train-goers direct with Southampton and London Waterloo. You can also reach, Manchester Piccadilly via Birmingham New Street from Bournemouth direct. There are National Express coaches direct to London Victoria, too.

A bit of History

Founded in 1810 by Lord Tregonwell, Bournemouth was originally deserted heathland that Tregonwell considered to be a great place for a health resort. He built a number of villas on his land in the early 1800s and planted hundreds of pine trees; many of which are still around today.

Invention of the railways in the late 1800s prompted a huge growth in tourism from the bigger cities of England. The town’s population tripled in twenty years, and Bournemouth entered the 20th Century as a centre with theatres, café, art deco cinemas and plenty of hotels. By 1974, Bournemouth became part of the county of Dorset and today, it is divided into two parliamentary constituencies in the House of Commons: East and West.

Bournemouth’s first pier was completed over 150 years ago, but along with many other piers across Britain’s coasts, it was destroyed in 1940 as a precaution against German invasion. It was reopened in August 1946.


In 2010, 95% of Bournemouth’s economy came from the service sector. Bournemouth has a number of important employers, such as J.P. Morgan, Nationwide Building Society and Liverpool Victoria.

Tourism is also a key cornerstone of the local economy, with 15% of all employment in the town relying on it.

Bournemouth’s economy brought in over £460m from visitors in 2011.


With a thriving youth culture, in part thanks to the student population, Bournemouth has a number of major venues for concerts, as well as The Pavilion, which opened in 1929, which still presents West End stage shows, ballet and operas today.

Bournemouth hosts the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival every year, The Arts by the Sea Festival, and a pride festival in the summer, along with the town’s famous Bournemouth Air Festival, which is spread over four days every August.

Aside from culture and events, football club AFC Bournemouth are currently in the Premier League, playing their home games at the Vitality Stadium in Boscombe. Bournemouth also has an Oceanarium on the seafront.

Drinking & Shopping worth a mention

Bournemouth is home to a number of restaurants, cafes and bars across the town.

One of the most recent additions, the BH2 centre, is located minutes from Bournemouth Pier and is home to several popular restaurant chains. There are numerous pubs and independently owned restaurants all over the town centre and beyond too, all encompassing different cuisines, from Spanish and Italian, to Lebanese and Indian.

Are you looking to buy a home in the Bournemouth area? Maybe you’re looking to sell your home and would like some assistance from our friendly expert estate agents? Our team can answer any questions to make your transition as easy as possible. We even offer a FREE online property valuation tool, so you can find out how much your home is worth. Contact us today on 01202 308899.