Although Bournemouth is the largest
conurbation in the geographical county of Dorset,
administratively it is outside the county.
Although Bournemouth has grown to be the largest centre of population in
Dorset and certainly, together with
the ancient boroughs of Christchurch and Poole forms its largest conurbation, it has only grown
from a tiny fishing village in the last two centuries.
Until the Local Government Reorganisation of 1974, Bournemouth was in the county of
Bournemouth's mild climate and beautifyl surroundings have ensured its success as the premier resort of the
Dorset and Hampshire coast. The borough has a well-know art gallery and orchestra.