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This post aims to give a brief rundown of what it’s like to live in Bournemouth, ideal if you are considering the idea to rent property in Bournemouth. Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in Dorset, England with a population of around 163,444 people. The town is a popular tourist destination as it is situated on the south coast of England. In a 2007 survey, Bournemouth was said to be the happiest place in Britain, with 82% of people saying they were happy with their life.

Bournemouth has plenty of amenities that make visiting or living there an enjoyable experience. For people wanting to study in Bournemouth, Bournemouth University is one of the largest universities in the South of England.

Travelling to and from the town is made easy with Bournemouth having a international airport that is a short journey from the town centre and two train stations providing access to the rest of the country.

The shopping facilities in Bournemouth are great, with the main streets situated behind the seafront on either side of the river Bourne. The shopping streets are mostly pedestianised and have all the major high street shops you would come to expect from any major high street. The shopping area also is host to a wide variety of bars, clubs and cafes. Around a mile west of the town centre is an area called Westbourne, which is home to some exciting designer stores and interior design shops. East of the centre is an area called Boscombe that is another major shopping area which is home to lots of antique shops and markets. To the North of the centre is a out of town shopping complex called Castlepoint, that has lots of large stores that you come to expect on the outskirts of towns.

There are plenty of attractions to see when in Bournemouth, but two of the largest are an aquarium and a Museum.

The Oceanarium is an amazing place to go a see a whole range of exotic sea creatures, from pufferfish to Piranhas. It even has a giant 350,000 litre ocean tank that replicates that Australian Great Barrier reef. The tank is home to tropical sharks, eels, stingrays and some green turtles.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is one of the most fascinating and unique museums in the world. It comprises art galleries and museum, a licensed café, a shop and a children’s area and is an ideal place for learning, exploring and socialising. It is situated on the dramatic cliff top over-looking seven miles of award-winning beaches and is housed in one of the last Victorian villas in Bournemouth, East Cliff Hall.

Bournemouth Beach

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