Bournemouth's miles of sandy beaches have long attracted visitors. Although the town has a selection of car parks, these can become crowded, particularly in high season. Travelling to Bournemouth on one of the regular train services avoids the need to find a parking space, while good local bus services make getting around the town easy. For those looking to go a little further afield, the town has a choice of cycle hire outlets and a number of dedicated cycle routes, many of which lead to some of the area's quieter, more secluded beaches.
Bournemouth Railway Station is the station that serves the seaside Dorset town of Bournemouth. It provides the usual refreshment facilities, toilets and waiting rooms for passengers. There are also two smaller stations nearby, Branksome to the west of Bournemouth and Pokesdown to the east.
South Western Railway connects Bournemouth with other destinations across Dorset and Hampshire, and also ensures regular services to and from London Waterloo. CrossCountry provides services north from Manchester Piccadilly via Birmingham. A less regular CrossCountry service brings passengers from Nottingham.
A fast and regular train service connects Bournemouth to local destinations such as Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, Poole, Dorchester, Wareham and Weymouth. It is also possible to reach Bournemouth from London Waterloo in a little under two hours. Located around 1 mile north of the town centre, regular buses connect Bournemouth Railway Station with both the town centre and approximately seven miles of beaches. Alternatively, it's around a 20 minute walk to Bournemouth pier, which is the central focus for many visitors to the town.
For many people, Bournemouth means sun, sea, and sand. With multiple trains arriving every hour throughout the day, it's straightforward to plan a visit to the beach. However, it's also worth remembering that the town also has a number of other interesting attractions, such as the Russell-Cotes Museum. Enjoying splendid sea views from its cliff-top location, the museum is a shrine to the enthusiasms of a Victorian private collector. Less than two minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier, anyone heading into the town centre or towards the main beach from the train station can find it easily.