|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Wimborne Road, Bournemouth (SZ089924)|
|To:||Christchurch Road, Bournemouth (SZ098914)|
|Distance:||1.1 miles (1.8 km)|
|Meets:||A347, B3063, B3066, A35|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3064 is in central Bournemouth, linking two busy junctions: Cemetery Junction and the Lansdowne.
Along most of its length the road is named Lansdowne Road; indeed this used to be all there was of it. Starting at Cemetery Junction, the junction with the A347 and the B3063, the road heads southeast, past the Nuffield Hospital, and crosses the A338 Wessex Way although there is no junction here. After crossing a roundabout and passing the police station, the road reaches the Lansdowne, the heart of Bournemouth's business district, where numerous major financial institutions have large offices.
The Lansdowne is a six-exit roundabout junction with the B3066 and has three interesting buildings on the corners. Firstly the clock tower of the college building dominates our view as we approach the roundabout from Lansdowne Road: it was erected in 1919 but, sadly, since November 2004 the hands have been stuck at twelve o'clock. Secondly, Royal London House has a striking façade on one of the wedge-shaped corners. This had been the Metropole Hotel until it was destroyed by enemy action on 23 May 1941. Thirdly, the circular Roundhouse Hotel, opened in 1969, which was the second newly-built seaside hotel since the war (the first was in Brighton, since you ask).
This used to be the end of the B3064, but it now turns right at the roundabout and continues along the first section of Christchurch Road, to the east from here, and ending at St Swithun's Roundabout. This section of road used to be the A35 before that was rerouted to multiplex with the A338 Wessex Way.