Bournemouth is a great place for a seaside holiday with fine honey-coloured sands, surfing opportunities, picturesque surroundings and superb nightlife. People come here from all parts of the world who want to use their money to enjoy the coastal resort town, however before they can spend cash they have to convert it into pounds sterling. Thankfully Bournemouth has several facilities where tourists can exchange euros, dollars and many other foreign currencies into GBP.
This is fortuitous as, despite the many appeals to Bournemouth, the locals may want to experience somewhere else – plus the Great British summer is not always so sunny! Holiday money and currency exchange has evolved in recent years meaning it is more convenient than ever before for British people to exchange money for their destination currency.
Currency exchange specialists
Travelex — Bournemouth Airport
If you are in a rush before your last minute holiday or you have forgotten to get some currency before you fly you can always visit the Travelex branch found in Bournemouth Airport. Here you exchange your pounds sterling for foreign currencies at their bureau desk or alternatively you can withdraw dollars or euros directly from your bank account using the specialised ATMs scattered around the airport. If you wish to contact Travelex to check whether their ATMs charge a fee for travel money withdrawal and to request a travel money card you can write a letter to their UK postal address:
Travelex UK Ltd,
Main Terminal Building,
Cash Generator — Boscombe
Cash Generator has become a popular feature of many British high streets due to their many services including pawnbroking, money transfer and competitive currency exchange. You can phone their Boscombe branch, which is based on Boscombe’s high street, not far from the Sovereign Shopping Centre, by calling their Bournemouth contact number 01202 729 902 to check which currencies you can exchange under their 0% commission agreement, to place an order for collection and to request a “buy back” exchange once you have returned from your holiday abroad. Alternatively if you would like to make a complaint about a poor rate or inadequate customer service then you can write a letter to their store address:
632 Christchurch Road,
The Money Shop — Boscombe
Slightly further down the road from Cash Generator, you’ll find Bournemouth’s main branch of The Money Shop in Boscombe which is also conveniently located just a short walk away from the O2 Academy, the Sovereign Shopping Centre and Boscombe’s pedestrianised high street. The Money Shop in Boscombe offers over 50 types of currency at zero commission. Furthermore they offer a “best rates” guarantee whereby if you provide them with a printed dated quote with a better exchange rate from another provider they promise to beat that price, meaning you get more currency for your money. Therefore if you would like to get their rates in advance you can call their UK phone number 0330 221 9523 prior to shopping for your travel money. However if you would prefer to write to The Money Shop please use their Bournemouth postal address below although you should note that they no longer accept cheque payments unless they are made in person.
The Money Shop,
690 Christchurch Road,
Eurochange — Bournemouth & Boscombe
Eurochange has become one of the most popular places in the UK to purchase travel money before holidaying abroad due to the fact the specialise in the currency exchange market, thus they often offer the best rates. They are also widespread across the country which is highly convenient for their customers, they even have two separate stores within the Bournemouth area.
Firstly, there is also a Eurochange store in the centre of town on the popular Old Christchurch Road, just a short walk from the Square, which is ideal if you are enjoying the town’s buzzing shopping district before heading down to the beach. You can call their central store on their local telephone number 01202 317 506 to buy travel money over the phone and to confirm their opening times as they may change on a seasonal basis. Eurochange’s Bournemouth branch is also located just two shops along from an outlet of Bureau De Change, which means you’re spoilt for choice and can easily compare rates by going next door.
Secondly, residents of the Boscombe district have their very own Eurochange outlet in the Sovereign Shopping Centre which they can contact by calling 01202 395 700 in order to check their daily currency exchange rates and to perform a money transfer to help a loved-one in a different country.
Eurochange stores in Bournemouth – contact details
|Eurochange store||Local phone number||Address|
|Bournemouth Central||01202 317 506||Eurochange Bournemouth, 98 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1LR, United Kingdom.|
|Boscombe||01202 395 700||Eurochange Boscombe, Sovereign Shopping Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4SX, United Kingdom.|
Other places which exchange currency in Bournemouth
There are multiple places where British citizens can exchange pounds for a vast range of different currencies, likewise tourists travelling from overseas can take advantage of these facilities to get pounds sterling to spend on their holidays. These include supermarkets, banks, hotels and even educational institutions such as universities. Many of these places offer preferential rates for regular customers which is particularly useful for business travellers flying from Bournemouth Airport or those visiting the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) for a conference.
Several banks and building societies in Bournemouth offer currency exchange right in the centre of town, often they reward their accountholders with better rates than those offered by many travel agents. The vast majority of bank branches in the town centre can be found on Old Christchurch Road meaning couples with accounts at different banks can quickly check where they can get the best price for their euros, US dollars and other currencies.
Financial services companies often have physical branches in Bournemouth as well as online “click and collect” offers in recognition of the resort’s size and popularity amongst tourists. For instance American Express has a travel services branch in the town centre where you can exchange cash as well as purchase pre-paid cards to spend your money securely – you can visit their store on Old Christchurch Road for information on how to top-up your card, for PIN services and to register a card purchased overseas so you can spend your pre-loaded GBP.
Banks offering currency exchange services in Bournemouth
|American Express||01202 780 752 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|Lloyds||0345 300 0000 (national helpline)|
|Natwest||03457 888 444 (national helpline)|
|RBS||01202 294 804 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|HSBC||03457 404 404 (national helpline)|
|Barclays||0345 734 5345 (national helpline)|
|TSB||01202 558 401 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|Santander||0800 030 4321 (national helpline)|
|Nationwide||0800 554 0320 (national helpline)|
|Halifax||01202 459 203 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|Virgin Money||01202 299 029 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|Handelsbanken||01202 298 450 (direct Bournemouth number)|
|Yorkshire Building Society||01202 551 613 (direct Bournemouth number)|
The Post Office is a popular place to get currency exchange services in the UK due to their wide presence across the nation as well as being a publicly-owned company, meaning many customers trust them more than private firms. There are eight Post Offices within the central Bournemouth area offering foreign currency exchange services where you can exchange your pound sterling into multiple foreign currencies and vice versa. Please examine the list below to find the address of your nearest Post Office which offers currency exchange services, alternatively you can phone their head office using their national contact number 0345 611 2970 to place a travel money order for delivery.
- Bournemouth Central post office
- 9-13 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1DY, United Kingdom.
- West Hill post office
- 204-206 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5NF, United Kingdom.
- Lansdowne post office
- 4 Lansdowne Crescent, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1RX, United Kingdom.
- Westbourne post office
- 10-12 Seamoor Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9AP, United Kingdom.
- Charminster Road post office
- 63-65 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8UF, United Kingdom.
- Malmesbury Park post office
- 292 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8BB, United Kingdom
- Winton post office
- 391-393 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2AQ, United Kingdom.
- Boscombe Precinct post office
- 1 Royal Arcade, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BT, United Kingdom.
There are a number of travel agencies in Bournemouth which offer 0% commission currency exchange, meaning you can even pick up your travel money at the same time as booking a last-minute holiday, many also offer to buy back any unused bank notes for no additional commission. The first of our featured agencies is Hays Travel which opened their very first branch in Bournemouth in 1924, they sell a range of currencies alongside inclusive holiday packages right in the town centre which is ideal if you’re also shopping for holiday clothes. Thomas Cook also have an outlet in Bournemouth with several currencies ranging from Czech Koruna to Australian Dollars, furthermore they sell a pre-paid “Cash Passport” card which can hold a maximum of 10 currencies at any one time which is ideal for holidays covering multiple nations. Similarly STA Travel offer a range of travel cards from their store on Old Christchurch Road including pre-paid student cards, perfect for a holiday to celebrate your grades.
The Kanoo Travel Group operates a foreign exchange store in the centre of Bournemouth where you can exchange your pound sterling into a vast array of currencies as well as travellers’ cheques if you want a more secure way of paying whilst abroad. They claim to survey their competitors on a daily basis so that they offer the best exchange rates however you can confirm this for yourself by calling their shop phone number 01202 780 752 where you can also set up a corporate account if your company regularly travels overseas for conferences. Similarly if your business is hosting delegates from overseas you can call this helpline to purchase pound sterling prior to your meeting at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). Alternatively if you are too busy to call their store you can send an email to their dedicated web address firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries about their currency exchange services.
Travel agencies in Bournemouth – contact numbers and opening times
|Travel agency||Bournemouth phone number||Opening times|
|Hays Travel||01202 200 620||9am-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday|
|Thomas Cook||01202 797 522||10am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday|
|STA Travel||01202 064 787||10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday|
|Kanoo Travel||01202 780 752||9am-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday|
Bournemouth boasts some of the finest hotels on the South Coast of England, reflecting its status as one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Although many of these hotels offer all-inclusive packages for their guests you may still require cash to pay for beverages and food if you are visiting on a half-board or bed-only deal. Thankfully some guesthouses such as the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel have on-site currency exchange facilities where you can exchange your non-UK currency into pounds sterling at competitive rates. You can phone them using their reception contact number 01202 557 702 for their live exchange rate, to check their current room prices and for further amenities such as restaurant menus.
|Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel||01202 557 702|
Bournemouth has several supermarkets where you can collect travel money orders made online as well as change any unused foreign currencies back into pound notes.
Firstly the Asda Bournemouth Superstore located directly next to the coach and train station is equipped with a travel money desk where customers can exchange pounds into their desired destination currencies and vice versa.
Customers living nearer Christchurch and the North-East outskirts of the town may prefer visiting the Sainsbury’s Castlepoint Superstore due to the closer proximity, although we recommend comparing the exchange rate offered by each supermarket on the day you place your order so you can choose the best deal for you.
If you shop at Tesco then consider visiting the Tesco Bournemouth Extra superstore located on Riverside Avenue to check out the live currency rates offered at 0% commission. The local contact numbers for the travel money bureaus at each of these supermarkets have been provided below for your convenience alongside their respective opening times as these may differ from the main store hours.
Many of the companies featured on this travel money page will buy back any of your unused foreign currency in exchange for pounds sterling which you can spend in the UK. For instance the travel money bureau at the Marks & Spencer Bournemouth store will purchase any of your unused notes, plus they offer preferential rates for M&S cardholders. You can contact the store on their Bournemouth phone number 01202 293 941 to get their live exchange rates, to order money for collection and to confirm their opening times.
Supermarkets offering travel money in Bournemouth
|Supermarket||Bournemouth telephone number||Travel money bureau opening times|
|Asda||01202 298 900||9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 10:30am-4pm Sunday|
|Sainsbury’s Castlepoint Superstore||01202 859 836||9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday|
|Tesco Bournemouth Extra||01202 417 815||9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 10:30am-4pm Sunday|
|Marks & Spencer Bournemouth||01202 293 941||9am-6pm Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday and 10:30am-4:30pm Sunday|
Department stores have become an increasingly popular place for UK residents to buy their travel money before their holidays as they often offer preferential exchange rates for loyalty card holders and you can pick up your currency as well as your summer clothes in a single trip. The Bournemouth Debenhams store situated in The Square sells a wide range of foreign currencies at no commission and competitive exchange rates, furthermore currently if you exchange over £50 GBP for any currency you will receive a £5 voucher which you can spend in store. Similarly loyalty card holders will get an extra 20% off the buyback rate if they trade-in any unused notes back into pounds. You can phone the Bournemouth Debenhams store on their local contact number 01202 702 524 to place a travel money order for collection, for live exchange rates and to confirm their opening times as they may differ to the main store.
|Department store||Phone number|
|Debenhams Bournemouth||01202 702 524|
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