Boscombe Beach

Boscombe Beach

Grade II Listed refurbished Boscombe Pier

Grade II Listed refurbished Boscombe Pier

Boscombe is located just east of Bournemouth centre and has a wide sandy beach and beautifully restored seafront spa. Famed for its Chine Gardens, Boscombe is also home to the O2 Academy offering a year round programme of live music concerts and events. There are a selection of art galleries to browse and the town features funky laid back bars including Reef Encounter with a cafe, bar and grill, free Wi-Fi and a sheltered terrace overlooking the beach. Other popular eateries include the informal Urban Reef Restaurant in a fantastic beachfront location on the historic Overstrand alongside the promenade. Take a walk along Boscombe Pier or relax on the beach. Have a go at surfing, or visit the Boscombe Chine Gardens for a game of 18-hole mini golf. You can pick up the mini land train from Boscombe to Bournemouth for a small charge, or explore the Boscombe Arts Trail from the shopping precinct to Boscombe Pier.

The Overstrand

Hemingway Design have been at work on the beautiful Boscombe Overstrand building just east of the pier, and within the building sit super cool Beach Pods available to hire which recapture the spirit of 1950s/60s seaside Boscombe whilst also offering modern comforts including fitted kitchenettes, hot and cold running water, table, chairs and microwave. The first modern beach huts were built in Bournemouth in 1909, and this new take on the beach hut joins around 2000 beach huts lining Bournemouth beach and promenade.

Beach Huts, Boscombe

Beach Huts, Boscombe

Shopping & Vintage Markets

Boscombe is renowned for its bohemian, vintage style shopping scene mostly centred around the pedestrianised precinct. There are two fantastic undercover arcades - the much loved Victorian Royal Arcade which hosts regular vintage markets by the sea, and the Sovereign Shopping Centre with a mix of quirky independent shops and high street favourites. Boscombe hosts the only regular street market in the Bournemouth area and an Open Air Market is held throughout the year every Thursday and Saturday with stalls selling fresh local produce, clothing and arts and crafts. Head to Boscombe's antique alley where there is a good choice of antique and bric-a-brac shops. These are mainly centred around Pokesdown area.

Surfing

The Boscombe area around the pier offers some of the best surfing waves on the South Coast. Bournemouth Surf School - Surf Steps - is located on the Overstrand complex alongside the beach, just 500 metres from the pier, with a range of different courses for all surfing levels available. Stag and Hen parties and groups are warmly welcomed, with some great discounts on offer dependent on group size. Surfing equipment hire from wetsuits to surfboards and bodyboards is also available.

Chine Gardens

Accessible via a southern entrance next to the pier, award-winning Boscombe Chine Gardens is one of the most beautiful of Bournemouth's four chines. Attractions include an 1890s lodge and terraced Clock Cafe, an 18 hole mini-golf course, a multi use games area for football and basketball and a fully enclosed children's play area. A replica of an original circular spa shelter with oak shingled roof serves as a stopping off point for the mini Bournemouth land train.

Accommodation in Boscombe

  • Bournemouth   (0.8 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £25
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    Stylish Bournemouth hotel just minutes from beaches and town centre. Family run and cosy with private parking and all ensuite rooms. Families and group bookings welcome. Free Wi-Fi
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  • Boscombe   (0.1 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £35
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    Superb hotel accommodation in Bournemouth close to Boscombe Beach with excellent reviews, free WiFi and a range of room types. Varied breakfast menu and private parking.
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  • Southbourne   (0.7 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    Woodland House is ideally situated in a quiet tree-lined avenue in Bournemouth, offering bed and breakfast accommodation for up to 4 guests, ideal for families. Wi-Fi & parking.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.6 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £675
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 8
     
    Modern Bournemouth cottage with enclosed garden with patio area & barbecue. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath/ shower rooms, free Wi-Fi & off road parking. Off peak short breaks. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Boscombe   (0.3 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £26
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    Charming, family- run Bed and Breakfast in Bournemouth, with free WiFi and onsite parking. Close to the sandy beaches and bustling town centre. Ideal for a great family holiday.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.8 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £61
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    With a stay at The Cliffeside Hotel in Bournemouth, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Knyveton Gardens. This beach hotel is within...
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  • Boscombe   (0.2 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £135
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    Boscombe Reef Hotel is set 400 metres from Boscombe Pier and 5 minutes walk from the beaches of Bournemouth, Boscombe and the Boscombe Surf Reef. It offers FREE wifi internet...
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  • Bournemouth   (0.6 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £38
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    Located in Bournemouth, Carrington House Hotel is in the suburbs, minutes from Knyveton Gardens, and close to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. This hotel is within close pr...
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  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £73
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    With a stay at The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Knyveton Gardens. This beach hotel is within...
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  • Bournemouth   (0.8 miles from the centre of Boscombe)
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    £83
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    With a stay at Ashleigh Hotel in Bournemouth, you'll be minutes from Knyveton Gardens and close to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. This bed & breakfast is within close pro...
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