Alum Chine

Meander down to our world-class seafront

We have four Chines in Bournemouth and Alum Chine is the largest.

Find out about the history of Alum Chine and Argyll Gardens which is at the top of the Chine, on West Overcliff Drive.

Walking down through Alum Chine is a nature ramble in itself as you wind your way down to the beach. Why not also visit the tropical gardens? 

Where Alum Chine reaches the seafront, there is plenty to do, with a popular play park, cafes, kiosks and of course Bournemouth's golden sand.

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Alum Chine children’s seaside play park is a popular children's attraction on Bournemouth's seafront.


The park underwent major improvements during spring 2017 to transform into a children's paradise!

The ‘treasure island’ themed playground, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book, features an impressive pirate ship set within a rugged, natural seaside landscape. 

Timbers for the ship come from National Trust property Cotelle in Devon and were hauled out by heavy horse! Groyne timbers from the beach at Southbourne were also recycled into some of the planters and banking areas of the new playground.

Funds from the introduction of four new superhuts were allocated to the park improvements.

This scheme at Alum Chine forms part of the Seafront Strategy, a long term ongoing vision to create public spaces and facilities to inspire new generations of visitors.

This popular park will now continue to be an asset to the seafront for future visitors to enjoy. 

Super huts

Super huts are available to purchase on a 25 year lease.
Enquiries for hut purchase should be directed to
Nick Maguire
or by telephone on 01202 451760.

Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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