If you looking for a great day out then visit one of Bournemouth's many museums, like the Red House Museum & Gardens, The Museum of Electricity, Compton Acres, Highcliffe Castle and Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.
The Museum of Electricity
The Museum of Electricity opened in 1991 and is one of the best electricity museums in the country, located only a 5 minute walk from Bournemouth town centre, the Museum of Electricity is housed in an old Edwardian Power Station which dates back to 1903. The Museum of Electricity has a unique collection of electrical artifacts from the past century, including a fully restored Bournemouth tram car, a collection of early Radios, televisions & various household appliances, vintage cars, generators, electric motors and many more interesting items. There are plenty of educational hands on demonstrations that kids & adults alike will enjoy, the Museum of Electricity also provides guided tours for groups and has it's own shop, admission is free.
Tel: 01202 480 467
Red House Museum & Gardens
The Red House Museum and Gardens was first built as the town's workhouse back in 1764, today the Red House Museum has a collection of displays from the Victorian era, there is also a display of Arthur Romney Green furniture and objects of geology and archaeology from the surrounding local area. The Red House Museum has a coffee shop, gift shop and a herb garden and hosts a wide range of activities for both adults & children.
Open: Tues to Sat 10am - 5pm. Sun 2pm - 5pm, last admission 4.30pm, admission to the Red House Museum is free.
Tel: 0845 603 5635
Compton Acres was built in 1929 and is a privately owned collection of ornamental gardens, including water gardens, heather gardens, Italian gardens, English gardens and Japanese gardens. Compton Acres is a relaxing place to walk around and enjoy, ideal for a get away from the hussle and bussle of city life, Compton Acres has recently improved it's visitors facilities, with it's new ice cream parlour, model railway restaurant, craft shop and plant centre. Compton Acres is open daily throughout the year between 9am - 6pm in the main season and 10am - 4pm during the winter months.
Tel: 01202 707 537
Highcliffe Castle was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is a Grade I listed building, Highcliffe Castle is a classic example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture and incorporates beautiful medieval stone work and stained glass from France and various locations.
Highcliffe Castle is a great venue for various concerts and outdoor events which are held throughout the year, both the tea rooms and the cliff top grounds are open all year round, the cliff top grounds are free to visit, admission to the castle is £2.60 for Adults and free for children under 16. Highcliffe Castle and it's grounds are fully accessible for wheelchair users and is open daily between 11am - 5pm, on weekdays last admission is 4.30pm and 4.00pm at weekends.
Tel: 01425 280 423
Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is one of Bournemouth's best tourist attractions, built in 1897 today the museums has an extensive collection of art from around the world, including Victorian art, tapestry, furnishings and furniture, there is also a Japanese drawing room which has pieces of art that date back to 1885. Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum also has a children's art gallery where children get the chance to create their own masterpiece, there is also a children's area, licensed cafe and souvenir shop, admission to the museum is free.
Tel: 01202 451 858
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