Bournemouth’s Hidden Gems: Discover the secrets of the seaside

With its impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and miles of picturesque coastline, Bournemouth is the ideal place to visit for a seaside staycation. But do you know of the secrets that lie between the sand?

We’ve lined up 5 incredible hidden gems around the town that are worth witnessing!

Bournemouth National Science Society

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Located right next to our Bournemouth hotel, the Bournemouth National Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity museum dedicated to interest and enjoyment in the natural sciences and history. Formed in 1903, the society offers many programs of events throughout the year, such as lectures, open days, study groups, exhibitions and their monthly Young Explorers’ club. Housed by a Victorian grade II building, the fascinating museum inside houses many preserved exhibitions comprising of plants, mammals, birds and plenty of fossils. Truly a fabulous day out for the family!

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Russell-Cotes Art Museum

Built in 1901 by Merton Russell-Cotes as a gift for his wife, the Russell-Cotes Art Museum and Gallery is home to a large collection of Victorian art and artefacts. With two stunning floors to explore, the venue also offers guided tours and seasonal events. As well as its stunning exhibitions and interior, the museum also has a beautiful exterior and grounds that need to be experienced. Also, a stunning place to stop for tea, the venue has a café that serves refreshments, topped with a stunning panoramic view of the coast stretching from the Isle of Wight to the Purbeck Hills.

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Hengistbury Head Beach

Head over to the stunning area of Sandbanks to explore the wonders of Hengistbury Head beach. The local area has a historic and scenic headline guarding the harbour entrance that is something not to be missed. Over the years the beach has remained unspoiled, precisely what makes this location a hidden gem. With a mixture of sand and shingles backed by sand dunes, the beach is sure to provide stunning panoramic views of the shoreline and mainland. Why not visit the local Beach House Cafe for some seaside nibbles and refreshments.

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Bournemouth Upper Gardens

The Upper Gardens were originally a private garden in the 1860s but were reassigned to the council shortly after the lower gardens were laid. With three picturesque sections of shrubbery and plantage, the gardens are split by the European theme, the Asian theme and the North American theme, all with plant species originating from each. Perfect for a thoughtful walk or to grab some Instagram-worthy snaps, then these gardens should be on your Bournemouth bucket list!

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Marvo Mysteries Escape Room

Located right in the Boscombe town centre, this unique escape room is perfect for group outings or for a night of family fun. With a combination of brain teasers and puzzles, teams of 8 enter the world of MARVO as volunteers looking for a mysterious missing artefact. This sci-fi experience explores the world’s wonders whilst forcing you to put your sharpest mind in the group to the test! Can you solve the mystery and escape in time?

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