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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.

Banks

NatWest

5 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1DU, UK – 0345 788 8444

Well it's all about the staff here they are absolute excellent treat very personally not just the number which must be difficult for a bank I've always found them excellent and friendly senior management well no comment but on the grass is level very very good and yes some of the senior manager ok

Really helpful staff, efficient service and nothing too much trouble. surprised by negative reviews as service has been top class every time i go in

Nationwide

559 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4BQ, UK – 0800 554 0424

Bit of a queue if you got at the wrong time. Nice helpful staff.

Barclays Bank

131 Poole Rd, Bournemouth BH4 9BJ, UK – 0345 734 5345

Fast, friendly and efficient. Little delay despite a small queue and all Tills manned. There was also a personal banker who was dealing with someone. All round a great little branch.

Small branch of big bank.

Building Societies

Nationwide

New Oxford House, 118-120 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1NA, UK – 0800 554 0320

This branch could do with attending to the air conditioning, if it has any. Staffed by lot of older people, mainly women. Could do with a staff focussed health regime. Air quality: dingy, stuffy. Maybe employ a Building Surveyor and a employee health specialist to encourage interest in Nationwide as a modern and progressive business. Usually busy, long queues. I think the whole branch needs a slight overhaul. Nice pleasant staff. Strange smell as soon as entering. I heard they clean the composite stone floor with bees wax. Not good. Organic matter decays producing bad odours. Maybe get some male staff for a balance. Women though good at customer relations and data entry are often not too good at technical and manual stuff. Overall impression: nice, friendly and helpful staff but the ambience is a bit jaded/whiffy/outdated. I think the branch was last modernised in mid to early 1990's.

Rather hot inside during the summer but the staff are very prompt with any enquiries.

Nationwide

448 Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH9 2HB, UK – 0800 554 1977

Very friendly staff, excellent customer service. Can't fault them 😊

Excellent customer service. Very helpful and friendly staff on a whole manner of different issues.

Nationwide

17 Canford Cliffs Rd, Poole BH13 7LE, UK – 0800 554 1107

Its a branch for banking. Helpful staff behind the counter

I visited branch today with my husband as I had opened an account online and apparently needed to prove identity in branch. The branch manager could not have been more helpful and was able to open the account there and then for us and we left the branch with all the account information we needed.

Local Chambers of Commerce for BH2 5DF. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!
Bournemouth Council - Parking Services

Town Hall, Bournemouth BH2 6EB, UK – 01202 451268

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for BH2. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the Bournemouth area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Bournemouth and BH2 5DF with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Holmoak Dental Practice & Chiropractic Clinic

12A Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6NG, UK – 01202 555421

Smart and local I have only just recently moved to here from another local dentist the service has been absolutely superb very attentive very efficient very fast not a lot of waiting and the level of treatment unsurpassed would definitely recommend it but not too much because I want to be able to get an appointment when I need it so don't all Rush

As a VERY nervous dental patient, I registered at this practice recently, as I needed a few extractions. From the lovely reception staff and dental Nurses, to Mr Simon Doyle the dentist, I would not be scared to have further work done here. Thankyou to all.

Bournemouth Dental Clinic

1 W Hill Pl, Bournemouth BH2 5NX, UK – 01202 789991

FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!! Kirsty the receptionist couldn't of been more helpful. Always polite and courteous went out the way to get some paler work done. The Dentists were brilliant, friendly,helpful which is always good to have as quite nervous in dentists but they couldn't of done more. LOVE YOUR WORK GUYS 😁👍👍👍👍

Crescent Dental Practice

1-3 The Crescent, Bournemouth BH1 4EX, UK – 01202 392202

They have always been very good for me, very good service and care.

Providence Practice

12 Walpole Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4HA, UK – 01202 395195

I don't get what some of the critics here are complaining about - it wasn't that terrible. And at least they do do bookings. Although I was a little concern when they asked if I was sexually active. For a minute, I thought the nurse was coming on to me! Also, I felt the examination was only half done - there might have been other medical issues that they are supposed to ask. But it was still a decent and professional place.

Why does it take so long to get an appointmnent as 3 weeks is a bit of a joke when ill to be expected to wait to see your own doctor.

Heatherview Medical Centre

2, Alder Park, Alder Rd, Parkstone, Poole BH12 4AY, UK – 01202 743678

Wonderful practice. The waiting area is clean and roomy, the doctors and nurses are superb and the receptionists were incredibly helpful and friendly- even arranging a blood test to be taken there and then! Really fantastic team.

Village Surgery

Gillett Rd, Poole BH12 5BF, UK – 01202 525252

Very good arrangements for the patients, waiting rooms are comfortable

Excellent surgery and all Doctors and staff that I have met

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

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Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital

67 Lansdowne Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1RW, UK – 01202 291866

Friendly and efficient staff from receptionists to catering to nurses. That coupled with calm and professional attitude of consultant and his theatre team made the experience quite enjoyable. Obviously the operation being a success added to that.

To all the Staff at the Nuffield Apologies for the time lapse of this review I've been busy healing.      Firstly a massive thank you to all concerned with my care and treatment during my brief stay at your hospital.  Thank you especially to Doctor Carter, who in the short time we chatted before the op allayed any doubts or worries that I might have had and more importantly for the beautiful job done, many thanks sir.      It's two weeks tomorrow that I had my op and the healing process is going very well. I was a very fortunate man indeed to be treated and looked after so well at the Nuffield, so once again thanks to you all. David Lamb

East Dorset Audiology Service

11 Shelley Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4JQ, UK – 0300 303 8640

Although the waiting room is a little small, the staff are wonderful and the place is clean, booking first is an advantage.

A great little place, with dedicated lovely people!

Herbert Hospital

Alumhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8EW, UK – 01202 584300

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for BH2 5DF.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for BH2 5DF
This Parliamentary website will find MPs - just type in your postcode. It also gives details of how to contact your MP

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

30B Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6NU, UK – 01202 292564

Very very good place nice people

I have been a member of the Church ofJesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) since late 1963. I was working in in a shop in Kinson, an area of Bournemouth at that time. Two LDS missionaries had come into the shop to buy something and had a conversation with the shop assistant who was an Australian. The upshot of this was they left a book called Meet the Mormons with her.. She was not really interested in reading it . I worked in the workshop above the shop and on occasion it was necessary for me to go in the shop itself to get something or other. On this occasion she asked me to give this book to a lady in an upstairs office, which I did. She also wasn't interested in looking at it so I left it on my work bench and carried on with my work Lunch time came around so I sat down to eat my sandwiches and as I had nothing else to do I started to read the Book. I got really interested in it and asked the Australian girl if I could take it home with me to finish reading it. She agreed and I took it home and finished it. About ten days later she contacted me and said that there were two Americans in the shop who wished to speak to me. I went down and spoke to them and we conversed about the book and what I thought of it.. The rest is history, Yes I did eventually join their church and I have been a member for over fifty years now. My wife and I go regularly to Church nearly every Sunday health permitting. The views of the Bournemouth Chapel you see here are lovely . The building consistent of Chapel for worship, a cultural hall , a kitchen, classrooms for. Sunday school and other meetings, toilets, a library, a walk in font for baptisms and rooms to change in. A large car park and at least two offices. Most Latter Day Saint Chapel's have these facilities? I accidentally came across this site which has asked me to is rate and review it. So I am giving it ten out of ten. And my review you have just read. Just a little bit more. There are other Chapels within our area. Poole, Christchurch, Weymouth,, Jersey, Yeovil, Salisbury

St Peter's Church

4 Hinton Rd, Bournemouth BH1 2EE, UK – 01202 290986

Superb church very well kept right in the centre of Bournemouth is absolutely huge grounds well kept located really close to Old Christchurch Road the pedestrianized part of it were all the shops and cafes are little piece of sanctuary in the middle of Bournemouth with a huge spire

Called localy 'Mary Shelley Church' is sort of highligit in Bournemouth and all this mystery story plus tomb of the author on cemetery grounds makes a thrill, especially when U go there after dark. Besides that nothing special of architectural point

Citygate Church

Citygate Centre, 138A Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8AS, UK – 01202 299628

I have never been to a service but this is a lovely venue to hire with amazing staff

This church has become my home and my family. Everybody is so welcoming and it is run in the true essence of Christ, love and family. Everybody is truly welcome here with no judgement what so ever, whoever you are come and join us and revolutionize your life!

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around Bournemouth. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

Dorset Scrapstore, The Factory

14 Alder Hills, Poole BH12 4AS, UK – 07565 577094

A magnificent treasure trove of a place, where a fantastical selection of art and craft materials can be found! From clay and scissors to furry fabric and odd plastic offcuts - perfect for creating robot buttons and dials or centipede legs and boots. Incredibly reasonable prices, super friendly staff and right-next-to-the-door parking.

An aladins cave of crafting materials

Nelson Stanley Limited

217 Alder Rd, Poole BH12 4AP, UK – 01202 241020

Great service, hassle free got a good deal for my car. Thanks

super fast payment

Bournemouth Scrap Car Collection & Disposal WE PAY YOU CASH

27 Webbs Way, Bournemouth BH11 8RA, UK – 07901 000775

Great service. Very professional and efficient

Great promt and professional service.

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around Bournemouth

The Cliff Top Restaurant

93 St Michael's Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5DS, UK – 01202 554665

First visited 4 years ago and it's still as fantastic. Wonderful food and service and an incredibly welcoming owner. Great indoor and outdoor seating and well worth the short walk to get there from the seafront. 》Please like helpful reviews《

The food was lovely but be warned the portions are on the small side. The service on the other hand let a lot to be desired. We waited a long time to get the menu or even to put our order. Also 7.50 for dessert is a bit much as well.

NEO Restaurant

Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AH, UK – 01202 203610

We love this restaurant with its enviable position overlooking the beaches of Bournemouth and the park- fabulous cocktail bar and great food. We arrived a little later than planned due to traffic and the service was less attentive than our previous experience but it didn’t affect the quality of the food - recommend this for something a bit more interesting than the usual chain restaurant options with a touch of fine dining about it. See you next time we are visiting 👍

Good location. Nice cocktails. Nice staff. However..... food was mediocre. Over cooked steak. Had to ask for a proper steak knife. Saw others struggling to cut through theirs too. Overpriced for what you get.

Arbor Restaurant

Arbor Restaurant, The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX, UK – 01202 498900

Lovely, quiet restaurant within a hotel. Adventurous menu catering for gluten free but not dairy free. The staff work with you within the limits of the menu. Presentation cool and you are not rushed. Journey at your own pace. Well placed for a good walk along East Cliff, with a free and sizeable car park. The jelly and ice cream dessert is a wonderful take on a family favourite.

Another excellent meal in the Arbor's beautiful dining room. The restaurant has a varied menu including British favourites with a twist; beef in red wine with dumplings. Prices are high, but reflect the quality of the food and service.Beetroot and dill soup sounds odd; but it was outstanding and appropriate for a cold March night. This is a sedate restaurant with a varied clientele; business men; couples and three ladies (us). The Arbor Restaurant is in the boutique, Eco hotel: The Green House.

Nursery and Preschools

West Cliff Pre-School

W Cliff Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8BE, UK – 07825 215071

An absolutely brilliant preschool. Our daughter is nearly 4, and has been going since she was 2. She has blossomed into a confident child, and I truly believe this is due to the preschool. She was so shy when she started, but since going she has developed a close group of friends and is learning new things everyday. It's a wonderful preschool, and the members of staff are kind, helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend this preschool, it's been the best thing for our daughter.

Anyone looking for a wonderful place to leave their child look no further. My first son came here for 2 years and loved it. My second is about to move onto school after 2 more lovely years at the preschool. The staff are very caring, fun, genuine people and really treat every child as an individual. Both my boys have been nurtured, cared for and well prepared to make the big step of starting school. Can't thank these lovely ladies enough. I'm sure I'll be back with no.3 in another year.

Leaps & Bounds

27 Bemister Rd, Bournemouth BH9 1LG, UK – 01202 269628

My daughter is due to start school in September, she has been going here since the age of of 2. As a single working parent it was difficult and daunting finding the right childcare . After visiting many, Leaps and Bounds really stood out, they have the perfect balance between home from home and professional nursery. All the staff are lovely caring and very attentive, my little one loves going to nursery and comes home happy everyday. Not only is she confident settled and happy, she is also learning and experiencing so much already. I highly recommend.

Nemo's Nursery & Pre School

25 Forest Rd, Poole BH13 6DQ, UK – 01202 757563

Primary and Secondary Schools

St. Martin's School

15 Stoke Wood Rd, Bournemouth BH3 7NA, UK – 01202 292011

Fantastic! We are so pleased that we found this school for our children. It has a lovely family atmosphere. The head teacher and staff are so enthusiastic, hard working and approachable. The small class sizes ensure plenty of individual attention and we are very happy with the curriculum and with all aspects of the school. They have their own large sports field behind the building, and are also very close to the Stokewood Sports Centre where they have swimming and gym lessons each week. Highly recommended!

Woo St Martin's! I went here and have such fond and happy memories. It got my friends and I through the 11+ and into BSG/BS and set me up very well for secondary school as I was ahead of most of the kids there in Year 7. I also remember it being a small school with a happy family vibe where no bullying took place. I loved the sports days and school trips in particular. I am still friends with some of my class today and if I still live in Bournemouth when I have my own children, St Martin's would genuinely be where I would send them.

Linwood School

Alma Rd, Bournemouth BH9 1AJ, UK – 01202 525107

My 3 year old started Linwood in September and I have seen a massive positive difference in him, before starting Linwood he didn't want to interact much with non family members and would keep himself to himself now he gets involved in story time and takes direction a lot better also the staff are all fab and update me everyday with how his day has gone.

I was once a pupil at linwood school going to that school made me who I am today I'll be 30 in June 2018 this time next year I will be experiencing new key factors in life living with a family who I don't know and having a job which I know nothing about, I started at linwood and quickly became a big pain in the ass to many but I soon learn how to grow up, I went on from linwood where there i failed in mainstream and went back to special school with Winchelsea roughly 20 years down the line and I still wish I was there today, while I was on the princess trust team 23 I took many of the students out to streetwise to show them the hazards of fire & rescue I would just like to say a massive thankyou to those that I was involved with teachers students ect and I hope you are all well live and kicking take care and god bless you are all.

Park School

43 Queens Park S Dr, Bournemouth BH8 9BJ, UK – 01202 396640

It was amazing

Public & Preparatory Schools

Talbot Heath School

Rothesay Rd, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth BH4 9NJ, UK – 01202 761881

Talbot Heath is a wonderful school. Our daughter spent 7 very happy years there and flourished in every way. The school combines high academic standards with the very best in pastoral care. The head teacher and staff are outstanding.

I can’t speak highly enough of the school and how it has supported my daughter during her time at the junior school. Talbot Heath provides a nurturing environment and exceptional support to pupils of all abilities ensuring they reach their individual potential. All the staff from the head of school, teachers, teaching assistants and support staff go the extra mile everyday to provide a great learning environment. Thankyou

Kings Bournemouth

58 Braidley Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6LD, UK – 01202 293535

I've heard very good things from students that have been there friend of mine is a host family and has had several students there all of them have said that the tuition is excellent

The best language school in the UK. Huge nationality mix, nice people, great teachers and enjoyable lessons.

Cambian Wing College

126 Richmond Park Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8TH, UK – 01202 635630

Visited and like it. Meets the needs of adults with mental health conditions really well, all sorts of therapies in place. Don't worry about the colleges main description of autism, it actually helps a lot of different problems. The only thing I'd complain about is a mixture of higher and lower ability students, maybe not the best match. Brilliant either way.

Local social service agencies for BH2 with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for BH2 5DF with contact details and location maps
Local gas supply companies for BH2 5DF, including bottled gas, with contact details and location maps
Local water supply and treatment companies for BH2 5DF with contact details and location maps