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Kings Bournemouth Opening Times

Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.30pm (Year round)
8.00am to 6.00pm (Summer only)

College Contact Details

Kings Bournemouth
58 Braidley Road

T +44 (0) 1202 293535
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Local information

There is so much to do in Bournemouth after lessons, you won’t know how to fit in all in! We’ve given you some ideas about what to do, where to eat and where to visit on these pages.

If you want more information, the best place to go is the Official Guide to Bournemouth/ An app is also available from iTunes or Google Play.

Eating in Bournemouth

There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Bournemouth. You can eat out cheaply or can go for a more expensive meal if you feel like it! Food from Asia, China, India, Italy, France, England and many more countries is all widely available.

For information about eating and drinking in Bournemouth, go to for the latest offers!

Sports in Bournemouth

Learn to sail, windsurf, surf or kite-surf! Bournemouth and Poole offer lots of water-sports academies where you can have a go at these high-adrenalin sports. Full tuition, equipment and wet-suits are provided. Ask at Reception for further information or check out for times and prices.

Catch a train or bus to the New Forest and rent a bike! There is also a new water park which is very popular, so book in advance if you are interested (open depending on weather):

The New Forest is now a National Park with forest, heathland, pretty streams and lots of quaint villages, thatched cottages, tea-houses and gift shops. The New Forest is famous for its wild ponies but you may also see deer and other wildlife. Perfect for long walks, hikes, horse riding and cycling. See for the most current information.

Bournemouth Pier to Boscome Pier offers plenty to see and do. While walking along the white sand and taking in view of Old Harry Rocks one side and Hengisbury head the other, you can find lots to do in between too: is the website you’ll need to find out what’s happening all year round.

AFC Bournemouth
The almighty Bournemouth football club have risen through the leagues from almost falling apart as a club to all the way to the Premier League! The biggest teams in English football will now be making their way down to the beautiful South Coast to play against our local club. Check out the website now for the latest fixtures, results and events:

Fitness and Leisure Centres

For gym goers, the best gyms to check out are Pure Gym and Fit Space located in Bournemouth town centre. These gyms offer monthly payments with no contracts, from £14.99 per month so you get good value for money! Visit

The Littledown Centre and Stokewood Leisure Centre offer indoor sports facilities such as badminton, indoor and outdoor football pitches, volleyball, gym classes, and swimming pools. Both are part of the BH Live partnership, membership prices or pay-as-you-go prices vary, so keep updated at

Local Attractions

Apart from the famous beach, there is so much to do in and around Bournemouth. Here are a few ideas about how you might keep busy and entertained in your free time.

Bournemouth Balloon
Bournemouth Balloon is a Giant helium balloon in Bournemouth Central Gardens offering fantastic views of Bournemouth and the surrounding area – you can see for miles! Prices: 14 years and under £7.50/ Over 14 £12.50.

Tower Park
Tower Park has something for all ages: a 10-screen cinema; bowling; restaurants and Splashdown Water Park – lots of water slides and great fun!

The ABC and the Odeon cinemas are both situated on Westover Road and offer all the latest releases. The Regent Cinema in Christchurch and the Lighthouse in Poole offer a choice of classic and arty films. See what’s on this week at the Odeon. Student Prices: approximately £5.20.

Rock Climbing & Zip Wire
Located on Bournemouth Pier, the town’s best rock climbing and zip wire facility. Fun for all ages! Prices vary:

Located on Bournemouth Seafront next to the Hot Rocks Restaurant. Bournemouth Oceanarium offers beautiful fish, turtles, sharks and even penguins! Prices start from £6.95 for a child up to £12.00 for adults. Definitely worth a visit:

Night Life and Entertainment

Bournemouth is renowned for its student culture, and as the days turn into evenings the bars and clubs get ready for long and entertaining nights ahead! Visit for information on the best places to go!

Local services

Below are some of the closest and most useful local services. If there is any other service you need to find urgently, please ask at Reception or the Student Services Manager. Most services will be available from the town centre, which is a 10-minute walk from Kings Bournemouth.

Nearest supermarket
Tesco Metro
11 Bourne Avenue
BH2 6DT.
Walk into the town centre and turn right at the bottom of Richmond Hill.

Nearest bank/ ATM
There are a number of banks in the town centre, including Lloyds, Natwest and Barclays. ATMs are stationed at frequent points along both pedestrian areas.

Local Post Office
On the first floor of WH Smith
9–13 Old Christchurch Road
City Centre
BH1 1DY.

Local library
22 The Triangle 
BH2 5RQ.

Nearest cafe/ sandwich shop
There are numerous cafes and sandwich shops in the town centre, especially on Old Christchurch Road. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants along Charminster Road that serve a variety of international cuisines.

Local parks
The Upper Gardens and Lower Gardens can both be accessed from the town centre. The Lower Gardens leads towards the beach, and has a bandstand from which live music is played during the summer. The Upper Gardens has tennis courts and a small play area.

Winton Recreation Grounds are also a 20-minute walk or short bus ride away from Kings Bournemouth. They contain tennis courts, a cycle track, a green area and a small play area.

Nearest launderette
Barker Group
26 Richmond Hill
BH2 6EJ.
There are also several laundrettes along Charminster Road.

Transport links

In and around Bournemouth, the best mode of transport is the busThe Yellow Buses are fast and reliable, and bus cards can be bought from the school: a card ranges from 7 days (£16.00), 30 days (£37.00 child/£53.00 adult) to 90 days (£140.00 adult only).

Wilts & Dorset buses cover Poole and East Dorset areas, prices for trips vary on where you would like to go.

Bournemouth Travel Interchange
Here you can catch trains and coaches that take you anywhere in the UK. The train operator is South West Trains and the main coach company is National Express.

You should always use a licensed taxi. There are around 250 licensed taxis in Bournemouth. They are usually painted yellow. There are also 350 licensed private hire vehicles available 24 hours a day.

Taxi ranks are situated across Bournemouth Town Centre and at the Travel Interchange, outside the railway station and airport. Student Services can give you the numbers of reliable licensed taxis.

Bournemouth Airport
Bournemouth (previously Hurn) Airport is the local airport. Flights can be found at

Medical facilities

When you arrive at Kings Bournemouth, you should register with a local doctor, especially if you are studying for a long time. We can help you do this. Click here for a map showing some of the doctors surgeries near the college.

If you feel ill at any time during your stay at Kings Bournemouth, you should first tell a member of staff or your host family. We will be able to help you to see your doctor if needed. Above all, you should make sure you have full Kings medical insurance during your time in the UK. See Practical Information: Insurance During Your Time in the UK.

Outside Bournemouth

Poole is renowned for its award-winning beaches and beautiful harbour. Poole Harbour is one of the best places in the UK for sailing, kite-surfing, windsurfing and wake-boarding. Old Town Poole dates back to the Middle Ages and at one time was a favourite haunt of smugglers and pirates!

Today Poole is a bustling fishing and commercial port and also a popular tourist destination with a good selection of shops, coffee shops, an indoor shopping centre, the Poole Museum and lots of free events to watch during the summer including fireworks every Thursday night, music events, classic car evening and “Bikes on the Quay”.

It’s easy to get to Poole: the train from Bournemouth only takes 10 minutes. There are buses from Bournemouth Town Centre to Poole: M1, M2, 1A,1C.

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island is a beautiful island in Poole Harbour. The Island is a wild-life and bird reserve and is famous for its rare red squirrels and wild peacocks. There are regular ferries during the summer from Poole Quay or Bournemouth Pier Prices: Over 16: £5.00 Under 16: £3.00.

Sandbanks Beach
With soft golden sands, a cool atmosphere and great swimming, Sandbanks Beach is one of the best beaches on the South Coast! Sandbanks hosts regular sports events including beach polo, beach volleyball championships and the annual Windfest festival with world class water-sports events.

Swanage is a bustling seaside town with a pretty 'Blue Flag' beach, some nice gift shops and great fish and chips! The informative Heritage Centre provides three heritage walks to help you discover the history of Swanage. Step back in time with the traditional steam railway from Swanage to Corfe – a great way to see the lovely Dorset countryside. Swanage is a gateway town to Dorset’s Jurassic coast and the starting place of some amazing coastal walks.