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Boscombe is one of Bournemouth’s coastal suburbs, a couple of miles east of the town centre. It is famous for its surfing beach, gardens and pier.
Artificial Surf Reef
Europe’s only artificial surf reef has been created off Boscombe beach providing perfect waves for the keen beginner and experienced surfer. It has been created by using large sand-filled geotextile bags. Several surf schools provide tuition and equipment.
Boscombe pier is a modern, streamlined concrete finger jutting out into Poole Bay. Unlike many British Victorian cast-iron piers, Boscombe is almost futuristic even though it was built in the late 1950s. The minimalist windbreak running down the spine of the pier has a geometric cantilevered roof. The canopies mirror the ‘wings’ of the pier entrance.
There are no entertainments on this pier. It is a quiet place to walk, sit and enjoy the fresh air with the sound of the waves breaking.
There is a ‘Pay and Display’ parking area at the Pier entrance.
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Boscombe Chine Gardens are located between Boscombe Cliff and East Cliff. Local Yellow buses service the Gardens or you can catch the land train from Bournemouth Pier travelling along the promenade (a five minutes ride). The gardens have recently undergone restoration with updated facilities. There is a children’s water play area, ball court, 18-hole mini golf, public toilets and the Clock Café.
The Victorian gardens were laid out in the mid 1800s using the natural chine that carves through the soft sandstone cliff. Two of the Victorian spa shelters and the Lodge remain. Some of the overgrown tree canopy has been removed to permit abundant displays of floral bedding plants and native grasses planted to restore the wildlife habitat. Web: Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens
On Boscombe Cliff can be found The Italian Garden and the Cliff Pine Garden; secret hideaways with beautiful settings next to the sea. Web: Boscombe Chine Gardens
Google Map - Boscombe