Bournemouth, located in the south of England, is a lively coastal city highly sought after for language stays in England, thanks to its sandy beaches. Its mild weather also makes it a popular summer destination. Bournemouth hosts over 10,000 students attending language programs in its universities and schools. The language programs are one of the city's important features, giving it a cosmopolitan appeal throughout the year. It is very pleasant to stay here to combine the discovery of an exciting city with that of the countryside, offering the opportunity for relaxing and enriching walks through visits to historical sites or traditional architecture villages.
183 500 inhabitants
1 hour 30 minutes from Geneva
Bournemouth is a coastal town on the English Channel, located 170km southwest of London. It is crossed by the Bourne River and bordered to the north and east by the Stour. Together with Poole and Christchurch, it forms the southeast part of the Dorset conurbation. The region of Bournemouth offers a climate considered mild for England, with less rainfall than inland areas and more frequent clear skies. The exceptional mildness of this climate in England and its large beach contribute to the tourist success of Bournemouth. It was also voted the "happiest town" in the United Kingdom in a 2007 survey, promising delightful moments.
The earliest traces of human life in the Bournemouth region date back to 500 BC. The town served as a landing point for the Romans who conquered Great Britain in the 1st century, and its population began to grow with the arrival of the Normans in the 12th century. It experienced significant population and economic growth from 1870 onwards, with the advent of the railway and a new wave of immigration, as well as the influx of numerous tourists. The town is particularly renowned for its high-quality language schools and pleasant climate.
Take advantage of the exceptionally pleasant and sunny climate compared to the rest of England during your language stay in Bournemouth. Its beautiful beaches, such as Hengistbury Head, will provide ample opportunity for sunbathing and swimming. The Russel-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum are highly popular attractions. Make sure to visit the stunning Lower Gardens, a peaceful and relaxing park, and the city's aquarium, located just a stone's throw away from the beach, featuring otters and an impressive giant turtle. In the heart of the city, you will also find numerous shops catering to all tastes, as well as trendy bars and clubs that liven up Bournemouth's nightlife.
Several bus and coach companies offer advantageous daily fares for travel in and around Bournemouth. The city is also enjoyable to explore on foot or by bicycle, and the cost of living is reasonable, comparable to that of French seaside resorts.
Bournemouth Tourism Office:
The Tourist Information Centre, Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2BU, U.K.
Phone: +44 08 45 051 1700