Westbourne Arcade is a Grade II Listed structure. It runs between Poole Road and Seamoor Road, and sports symmetrical façades of red brick with stone dressings at either end. Gothic style windows enhance the cathedral-like appearance. Amongst the features are gargoyles at the head of each drain pipe, said to be based on ancient Water Gods. A glazed roof offers protection from the elements, keeping the interior bright and airy by day. Built 1884-5 by Henry Joy, this is a “well-preserved polychrome Gothic shopping arcade”.
Today, it is host to an eclectic mix of shops, cafés and even a small, 19 seat cinema! There is an old-fashioned hardware store and florist, as well as shops to browse for the more unusual gifts and artefacts.