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University is the perfect time to explore new places and there are so many incredible sights near Bournemouth that you should check out!

Here are a few of my favourite day trips…

Durdle Door:A photo of the arch and beach at Durdle Door

A world heritage site situated on the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on a gorgeous pebble beach. There is a clifftop walk with amazing views of the sea and beach below or you can walk down to the beach and explore.

How to get there: Get a train from Bournemouth Railway station to Wool Railway station and then get either the 15, 30 or X55 bus to West Lulworth which is a short walk from Durdle Door. Alternatively it is about a 45 minute drive from Bournemouth to Durdle Door.

A photo of Old Harry's RocksOld Harry’s Rocks:

Situated on the Isle of Purbeck, are several chalk formations with an incredible sea view known as Old Harry’s Rocks. There is a lovely coastal walk which takes you right up to the cliffs where you can see views of the sea with Bournemouth in the distance. 

I recommend checking out The Bankes Arms if you’re peckish, a lovely pub with amazing sea views from the garden and great food! You should also check out Knoll beach, a lovely spot for a picnic lunch before heading up to the rocks!

How to get there: Catch the 50 Breezer bus from Bournemouth Square which takes you across to Studland via the Sandbanks ferry. There are several different stops you can get off depending on how far you want to walk but the closest one to the coastal path to see the rocks is Beach Road bus stop.

Top tip: Get a day rider ticket so you can hop on and off the bus as many times as you like as there are so many places to visit on that side of the coast.A photo of the Priory in Christchurch


If you’re looking for a day trip which is more inland, then Christchurch is the perfect town to explore. You can visit the Priory, enjoy a beautiful walk round the Quay or visit the many shops and restaurants in the centre of town.

How to get there: Get the 33 bus from Bournemouth to Christchurch.

Ponies in the New ForestThe New Forest:

The New Forest National Park is perfect for a nature walk through woodland, open moors and heathland. There are also many cattle who roam free including wild ponies, cows and sheep.

How to get there: There are 8 train stations in the New Forest all a short journey from Bournemouth Station: Ashurst​, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hinton Admiral, Lymington, New Milton, Sway, Totton, depending on which part of the New Forest you want to visit.

Swanage:A street in Swanage

A seaside town on the Jurassic Coast with a small beach, pier and many shops, restaurants, cafes and charity shops to explore.

How to get there: Get the line 50 bus from Bournemouth Square to Mowlem Court which takes about an hour. 

Top Tip: There are so many great spots for fish and chips!

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