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Coach Trips from Bournemouth


You could have a great holiday without even leaving the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. On the other hand, there’s plenty to see within a couple of hours’ drive — but do you really want to spend your holiday driving?

Fortunately, you can travel in comfort from Bournemouth family hotel Marsham Court to the most attractive destinations in the south and south-west of England. Here are just a few of the many coach trips available from Bournemouth to places you might want to visit.

Jurassic Coast

The 96 miles of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, include some of the most stunning landscapes in Britain. You can get to the eastern end by ferry from Poole, but a coach tour enables you to see the whole length.

Typically, there’ll be stops at some of the most iconic points, where you can go fossil hunting or just soak in the beauty, as well as enjoying Dorset cream teas in beautiful villages.

Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

One of the country’s leading designer outlets, Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is home to over ninety top brands, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Hugo Boss. When you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, you have a choice of coffee shops, bars and restaurants such as Carluccio’s and Loch Fyne.

Of course, Portsmouth is most famous for its rich naval tradition, and Gunwharf Quays is in the heart of the naval docks. If you don’t want to spend all your time shopping, you’re only a short walk from the Historic Dockyards, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum.

Highclere Castle

Set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Highclere Castle is known to millions all over the world as Downton Abbey. You can see close-up the locations where the Crawley family and their servants lived their lives and traumas.

However, there’s a lot more than that to Highclere Castle. It was used by the Earl of Carnarvon as the base for his expedition with Howard Carter to excavate Tutankhamun’s tomb, and the castle houses an Egyptian Exhibition featuring his personal collection.


With a history going back before the Romans, the city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlights of its long history are its Roman era as Aquae Sulis and its Regency glory, as featured in Jane Austen’s novels.

A trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Roman baths or the 18th-century Royal Crescent. But Bath isn’t a fossil, and you can also enjoy 21st-century shopping and dining during your day out.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is one of the most obvious destinations from Bournemouth, but the logistics of making the crossing and then getting around the island can be challenging. Joining a coach trip will enable you to relax from start to finish.

Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Isle of Wight is home to some unusual flora and fauna, including a rare population of red squirrels. The coach tour will allow you to watch the glorious landscapes going past and stop for lunch and coffee in some of the island’s beautiful villages.

These are just a few of the innumerable coach trips you can take from Bournemouth. And you can look forward to coming back in the evening to the comfort and welcome of Marsham Court Hotel, perhaps the friendliest sea-view hotel in Bournemouth.

If any of your group has accessibility issues, we offer a range of award-winning accessible facilities. Get in touch with us to find out more about staying in Bournemouth at Marsham Court Hotel.

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