The Dorset town of Bournemouth is one of the largest towns on the south coast of England. Located to the east of Poole and to the west of Christchurch, Bournemouth is connected to the north by the A338 and to the west by the A35.
Bournemouth International Airport
Bournemouth's history stretches back to 1810, when the town was founded by a Lewis Tregonwell. It grew steadily but like so many British seaside towns, its growth rate suddenly increased in the late 19th century when the introduction of new railway services made it possible for large numbers of people to visit the seaside for recreation - a new phenomenon then.
So named because it sits at the mouth of the River Bourne, Bournemouth was for many years a fairly quiet, respectable seaside resort, populated heavily by retirees, who appreciated the relatively mild climate and attractive location. In recent years, however, Bournemouth has expanded considerably, with both Bournemouth University and a number of large commercial businesses drawing a broader mixture of people to the town.
Thanks to its original design as a seaside resort, Bournemouth has several attractive and award-winning gardens - most famously the Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens and the Central Gardens - as well as one of the finest beaches on the south coast. The Bournemouth International Centre is a popular national events venue which has hosted the world darts championship and the Labour Party Conference, amongst many others.
Although Bournemouth's road connections are a little limited, its rail and air transport services are not. Direct rail services to London Waterloo are available from Bournemouth, as are trains to destinations including Southampton, Poole, Weymouth, Reading, Oxford, Birmingham and Manchester.
The town's large population (over 150,000 people live in Bournemouth), mixture of businesses and university mean that there is a steady demand for van hire in Bournemouth. This need is met by a number of local van rental companies offering a comprehensive selection of hire vans: