Boscombe became a popular, fashionable, alternative destination to central Bournemouth in Victorian times.
It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline.

Dorset Beaches: Boscombe beach

Picture: Bournemouth Tourism and Bournemouth Helicopters

Best features: A very popular family beach with pleasant walks through the recently refurbished Boscombe Gardens, featuring a mini golf course and sports complex; Children’s play area and café. Boscombe is home to Europe's first artificial surf reef, which launched in November 2009. The recently replenished beach is now bigger than it has been for many years. To find out more about Boscombe Surf Reef visit any one of our beach office.

Local facilities and shops: Seafront restaurants, surf shop, surf school, and beach pods available to buy and hire. Also warm shower facilities. A walk, or a bus ride, takes you to central Boscombe. Beach huts are available to hire by the day, or pre-book for a week, call 0845 055 0968.

Great for the kids? The beach runs the LV= KidZone scheme with staff help to find lost children quickly.

Where is it? Just east of Bournemouth, well signposted from the A338 and A35 routes into town.

How far are the loos? There are three sites offering men’s women’s and disabled WCs, plus baby change facilities.

Parking: There are 572 spaces on the seafront between Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth. More pay-and-display parking is at The Marina.

Public transport: Yellow Buses’ number 27 links the pier with Boscombe bus station, Winton and Kinson. The number 12 summer open-topped coastal service goes to Christchurch, Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, the Chines and Sandbanks. A land train runs along the prom from Bournemouth to Boscombe and through into Boscombe gardens every twenty minutes in the height of the summer.

How about pets? Dogs are not permitted on the main beach, but exercise areas are provided east of Fisherman’s Walk. During the peak season, dogs on the prom must be kept on a lead.

Wet weather options:

Learn to surf, kayak, paddle board at one of the surf schools.

Browse the boutiques and check out the designer shops, jewellers and art galleries along Westover Road, affectionately known as the ‘Bond Street of Bournemouth’.

Choose a restaurant to spend a long lazy lunch. Tantalise your taste buds and sample the superb cuisine at one of the town’s 250 restaurants, bistros, wine bars and clubs.

Visit the deep blue and experience the wonders of the natural world at the Oceanarium by Bournemouth Pier. Why not visit the world’s first interactive dive cage, so you can swim with the sharks without getting wet?

If you’re a culture vulture – take time out to discover the hidden treasures of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum for free.

Sit back and enjoy a show at the BIC, Pavilion or Pier Theatres – with entertainment from leading names in the world of music and show business.

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