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Best things to do in Dorset

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“Many high street & brand name shops to chose from, plus cafes and places to eat.”
20local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“If you don't fancy going into Bournemouth Town Centre, Castlepoint Shopping Centre has everything you need from book shops, clothing, supermarkets and the biggest and BEST Marks and Spencer on the south coast of the UK.”
14local recommendations
Restaurant
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“My personal favourite, located in Southbourne which is roughly 5 mins from the Annexe if you drive, or 20-25 min walk. From the outside it looks like a restaurant (never actually eaten food in here but is always busy!) but there is a secret bar upstairs. 1930s style offering a small list of cocktails all made to order, or they come up with something you may prefer instead. You have to book and cannot just turn up on the night but it is completely different to anywhere else you will find in Bournemouth! Definitely worth a visit ”
23local recommendations
Bar
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“The music is great and there are often special nights like Comedy night, music night.”
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Hotel
“Its right opposite where you stay! Found this little gem of a place before we were lucky enough to get the flat opposite. great atmosphere with a relaxed vibe, good menu and friendly staff.”
15local recommendations
Cafe
“Located in Southbourne, roughly 5 min drive and 20-25 min walk from the Annexe. Friendly atmosphere which attracts mainly families and relaxed eating. They do drinks/cocktails etc but generally speaking people go here for brunch/lunch/early evening snack foods”
17local recommendations
Café
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“A cute cafe that serves great breakfasts. Lots of options and swaps for those with dietary requirements. ”
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Food
“Located in Southbourne, roughly 5 min drive and a 20-25 min walk from the Annexe. Nice food and fairly quiet in the evenings”
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Bus Station
“Trains, buses, taxis also located here to all local and national destinations. 10 min walk from house”
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Thai Restaurant
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“Walking distance and excellent value. This is the original 1 opened in 2009. Now there over a dozen along the south, they must be doing something right.”
10local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“Shopping centre, plenty of parking for £1 for 2 hours. Or just 10 min walk.”
6local recommendations
Restaurant
“Love the food here. Fantastic service and fun Venue. The food is always good and very tasty! Happy hour is always a treat! Make sure you book on a Friday and Saturday as can get very busy around the bar area!”
10local recommendations
Establishment
“One of Bournemouth's top and historic entertainment venues. 10 min walk away.”
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Supermarket
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“Cheap & Cheerful, literally. All the staff are. 10 minutes walk or 5 minutes run if chased by a dog.”
4local recommendations
Restaurant
“Sour dough pizzas. A good atmosphere in the restaurant or they do a takeaway service. www.baffipizza.com”
5local recommendations
Establishment
“Here is the train station, with direct trains to London. Also car hire and coach station.”
1local recommendations