Living in Charminster

Charminster is a family-friendly, affordable area with amazing restaurants. If you’re interested in buying in this location, contact our team of knowledgeable estate agents today.

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Best known for the eclectic Charminster highstreet full of restaurants with tastes from Japan, Turkey, India and a good old English chip shop you won’t fall short of places to eat or drink. A friendly family area which is surrounded by good schools, Charminster is a great place for all types of buyers with affordable properties for first time buyers and for growing families looking to upmarket to a larger house on the popular area of East Common.

Location & geography

Charminster is a residential and commercial suburb of Bournemouth, situated between the suburbs of Springbourne and Winton. It was incorporated into the County Borough of Bournemouth in 1901.

A bit of History

Before 1800 it was an unnamed tact of land between Littledown and Moordown and only begun as a small number of cottages where what is now the junction of East Way and Charminster Road. It is said to have got its name from one of the habitants who was from Charminster in Dorchester. The 1920s saw a consolidation of housing stock, with much infill development around Charminster. There were also several important public buildings which were sited on the Charminster Hill ridge, including Saint Francis of Assisi church, where various birds and animals are incorporated into the design, Saint Walburga's School, and Charminster Library, which was known by that name from 1939. East Way was begun, and an infant and junior school were built along its south side - known for a time as the Charminster Road School.


You can enjoy a night out at Wonderful Kitchen Karaoke rooms where you can eat Chinese to your hearts content in the restaurant and then move on to the Karaoke rooms next door you can make all of your friends and passersby listen to your lovely singing voice. If you don’t want anyone to hear you sing Robbie Williams – Angel at the top of your voice, you can hire out a private room!

As well as karaoke, ‘Ouija Bournemouth’ has just opened on Charminster Road which is a real-life escape game where teams of 2-6 players have to race against time to complete a mission using common sense, logic and teamwork.

As Bournemouth is only a short distance away, you can either walk, drive or catch a bus to the Town Centre and enjoy the entertainment that the town has to offer.

Eating & Drinking worth a mention

Charminster has a number of trendy bars and eateries along the high street from all over the globe. From ‘Pide’, a fantastic Turkish Bakery to ‘Starz’ – an all American Diner, there isn’t much you can’t get in Charminster. There are a range of pubs and bars within Charminster, Greene King have two local pubs – The Brunswick & The Richmond Arms and there are a selection of independent bars like the Sebis and the Tipsy Cow, where you can get great food and enjoy live music.

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