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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cultural Center
“Housing the tallest church spire, this is a stunning cathedral both inside and out. There is also an opportunity to see one of the surviving original Magna Carta documents.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Zoo
“Monkey World is great for everyone, hundreds of rescued apes, chimpanzees, monkeys and other small animals. eating/snacks and huge outdoor play ground.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Bay
“This is an amazing day out, you can park up and either walk up the hill to Durdle Door or through Lulworth village, passing many icecream shops, to reach the cove. If you fancy it you can walk the entire stretch of the Jurassic Coast, or hop from one cove to the next. Lulworth to Tyneham Bay takes roughly 2 hours one way.”
  • 77 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great day out for those interested in Tanks, WWi and WW2. Events held throughout the year.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful Country park with walks, nature, adventure playground and a ​small steam train.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Park
“This is a fantastic Nature Reserve of outstanding beauty and the most incredible views and dog-friendly beach walks. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Small, national trust island in Poole harbour. Famous for red squirrels, migrating birds and the start of the Scouting movement.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An exotic seaside villa built in 1901, which is now filled with British paintings and sculptures as well as souvenirs from abroad.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Nature
“Beautiful area and nature reserve with a view of the beach and sea on one side and Christchurch harbour on the other. There are large fields, a walk up the head itself. There is a cafe/restaurant on the spit beach and also another cafe at the car park. The visitor centre has a small garden outside and cameras showing nesting birds (great place to fly a kite - it's always windy!)”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“A trip to Bournemouth isn't complete without stepping foot on the award winning beach. Great all year round from sunbathing in the height of summer to quick stroll in the wintery months. A must see”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Unique sightseeing place between Studland and Swanage. Amazing views all round.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Only for real treats! Great food and views, great service. You will have to book way in advance for a table here. Also if you like that kind of thing have a walk around the walled kitchen garden. Spendy in the restaurant- Watch the wine bill! In summer they do flatbreads in the garden without bookings, phone ahead to check as they won’t do walk ins otherwise.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing views, wonderful service. Whether it’s breakfast in the bar or an evening meal in the restaurant you won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Beach
“Jurassic Coast treasure! It gets extremely busy in summer, our advice would be to park at Lulworth and walk 20 minutes over the hills from there (it's a well signed path way with lots of people, you can't miss it!)”
  • 39 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Good menu and incredible views! We recommend walking or cycling down for an early evening drink. Service can be slow as it's very popular but worth it for the beachside location. Dog and child friendly :)”
  • 52 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Only for real treats! Great food and views, great service. You will have to book way in advance for a table here. Also if you like that kind of thing have a walk around the walled kitchen garden. Spendy in the restaurant- Watch the wine bill! In summer they do flatbreads in the garden without bookings, phone ahead to check as they won’t do walk ins otherwise.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Amazing views, wonderful service. Whether it’s breakfast in the bar or an evening meal in the restaurant you won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Best lobster in Dorset, just 35 mins away in a unique and unpretentious setting. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis is always a treat. Wonderful fresh seafood cooked with style and often some locally foraged wild ingredients too, plus a stunning view over the Cobb and out to sea. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Pub
“The food here is excellent - you can tell they use fresh ingredients and the menu has some interesting choices. It's very stylish - country and unpretentious but comfortable and inviting. It's also worth a visit for the drive through the Fonthill Bishop Estate - beautiful, stretched out well kept paddocks and fields with horses grazing and attractive wooden fences...Very English country! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Nice for a casual dinner and drinks. Make sure to try their duck pizza. Plus they're currently doing Pizza and Prosecco Thursdays!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local restaurant - book ahead. At the weekend there is a speak-easy hidden bar above - ask when booking... ”
  • 25 locals recommend

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