Budget hostel for foreign visitors to the United Kingdom...
Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel, 3 Frances Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3RY, ENGLAND.
Official Website: http://www.bournemouthbackpackers.co.uk, Facebook: BournemouthBackpackersHostel
The Backpackers Hostel
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*** We have to carry out some important winter maintenance work. ***
This means that we unfortunately cannot take any new guests at the moment. We hope get back to normal in the new year.
Welcome to Bournemouth, and its neighbour Poole, on the sunny(ish) south coast of England, one of the UK's leading seaside resorts. We have miles of clean, sandy beaches (which meet the European Union's "Blue Flag" standards) with two piers and one of the world's largest natural harbours - offering a wide variety of watersports.
Bournemouth has several retail centres, top English language schools, a well established university, renowned nightlife and a host of local activities.
We have year-round casual work - well suited to international working holiday makers. Work opportunties and our cheap Low Season rates make the hostel a good winter base to save up some well-needed travel money for the summer.
Bournemouth is a great base for exploring the beautiful Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire scenery. Cheap bus passes allow unlimited travel over a wide area - giving easy access to many local attractions. Backpacker day trips can be booked with Discover Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and is now World Heritage Listed (along with The Grand Canyon in the USA and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia). The long distance South West Coastal Path, which begins on the other side of Poole Harbour, provides outstanding views.
Also on the other side of the Harbour lies Purbeck: a beautiful and easily accessible area, with the pretty resort of Swanage, ancient pubs and the ruins of the medieval Corfe Castle. To the east of Bournemouth lies the New Forest with its famous ponies.
The area is rich in history and legends:
Thomas Hardy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorset smugglers, Badbury Rings, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, etc. etc.
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Some views of the Bournemouth/Poole area
Day trips for wet days :(
Day trips for dry days :)
Bournemouth has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe and is becoming a useful gateway to the UK for budget travellers.
Bournemouth International Airport is served by several budget airlines including: RyanAir, EasyJet and ThomsonFly. Bournemouth International Airport is linked to the Travel Interchange (less than 5 minutes walk from the backpackers hostel) by a direct hourly bus service. Taxis waiting at the airport and can also take you to the backpackers hostel.
Southampton International Airport is approximately 50 km (40-50 minutes) from Bournemouth and has a fast, direct train service to Bournemouth 2-3 times per hour. Southampton International Airport is served by a number of airlines, including the budget airline FlyBe.
Bournemouth has convenient bus/coach connections with London Heathrow Airport. FlightLink (operated by National Express) run direct bus/coach services from Heathrow to Bournemouth approximately every two hours: these buses take two hours to reach Bournemouth. Flightlink also provide a bus/coach services from London Gatwick and London Stanstead Airports to Bournemouth. Train travel from London (Heathrow and Stansted) Aiports to Bournemouth is generally indirect and expensive. The train from London (Gatwick) Airport to Bournemouth is, however, more competitive.
Poole ferry terminal is approximately 1.5 km. from Poole railway station, where regular trains reach Bournemouth in approximately 15 minutes. Ferry services are operated by Brittany Ferries and Condor, offering connections to St. Malo and Cherbourg (France) as well as the Channel Islands.
There are direct National Express bus/coach services to Bournemouth from many parts of the U.K.. Bus/coach travel is generally cheaper than train travel in the UK. National Express Buses leave from Victoria Coach Station in London approximately every hour and take approximately 2 hours 30 mins to complete the journey. Young persons (under 25) can buy a discount card giving them one third off these fares. Phone (08705) 808080 for National Express information. Megabus also run several buses per day from London to Bournemouth at low prices. Greyhound buses also have more legroom and free Wifi.
Bournemouth has direct train services from London, Scotland, The North East and the Midlands. Trains from London leave from Waterloo Station, roughly twice an hour and usually take around 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Bournemouth. Train discount cards can be bought by young persons (under 26) and full-time students. An off-peak discount card for South East England (Network Card) can be bought by others. Discounted train tickets to Bournemouth from London are sometimes available from MegaTrain. Phone (08457) 484950 for all train information.
Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel is now in its thirteenth season and is ideally located. It is family owned and operated by experienced international travellers. We provide excellent value accommodation, it's a home away from home and a great place to meet people if you are travelling alone. As you can see from our comments page, most of our guests don't want to leave.
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Inside the Backpackers Hostel
We are a very small backpacker hostel and to keep our prices low we don't have full time staff. This means that check-in times are limited especially in Low Season. EVERY GUEST must therefore arrive, pay in cash and show their official photo ID during reception hours. There are unfortunately no exceptions.
So please read the following information carefully to avoid disappointment.
Reception is open for enquiries and check-in on Sundays between 17:00-19:00. A reservation is not required for arrival during Sunday reception, but it is recommended. Reception is also open on weekdays at 17:30, but only if a check-in has been arranged. It is unfortunately not always possible to arrange mid-week check-ins in Low Season due to limited staffing. It is never possible to check-in on Saturdays: Friday and Saturday nights are therefore sold together. Guests can check-out automatically, at any time, until 10:00.
If you are staying several days in Bournemouth and are arriving after reception has closed, you can find a cheap hotel for the first night and check-in with us the next day. If you arrive before reception opens, luggage can be left at the Bournemouth Tourism Office at the Travel Interchange (train/bus station) for a small charge; luggage cannot be left at the hostel before you check-in.
You can make a reservation by telephone during Sunday reception (17:00-19:00), or at any time by completing the booking enquiry form on this website. All reservations must either be reconfirmed or cancelled the day before arrival, this can be done by replying to an email booking, by telephone, or voicemail. Once reconfirmed beds are held on the day of arrival until 18:00. At check-in guests are asked to pay in cash for the nights they have reserved as we have no credit card facility.
|Low Season Prices|
(minimum stay 2 consecutive nights).
|** Sunday Specials: Check-in on Sunday & get 7 nights in a dorm for GBP 79 per person (saving GBP 22 on daily rates) **.|
Get a second consecutive week for only GBP 65 and save even more.
** Check-in on Sunday & get 7 nights in a private room for GBP 179 for 2 persons (saving GBP 60 on daily rates) **.
|Dormitory (per person)||GBP 13.00||GBP 13.00||GBP 13.00||GBP 13.00||GBP 13.00||2 night block|
|Private Room (incl. 2 people)
|GBP 31.00||GBP 31.00||GBP 31.00||GBP 31.00||GBP 31.00||2 night block|
Bedding included, towels and food are not. Prices correct for September 2013, but are subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.
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