Living in Boscombe

With schools, shopping and proximity to a beach, Boscombe is a popular location in Dorset and our estate agents can assist, should you be interested in purchasing a property there.

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Boscombe is a vibrant area with lots to offer in terms of schools, shopping, proximity to Bournemouth’s employment opportunities and transport links. Its proximity to a surf reef, pier & beautiful sandy beaches make it a great holiday destination. The Boscombe of today is a far cry from its heyday in the late 1800s and 1900s as a seaside, spa town but you needn’t look far to find evidence of its glamorous past including spectacular Victorian and Art Deco buildings.

Location & geography

As much with much of this area, many years ago, Boscombe was part of the heathland that covered much of Dorset & Hampshire. It is situated between the older village of Pokesdown and Bournemouth Square. The town is situated on the top of a hill with a steep incline leading down to the beach and cliffs. From this point you can see the whole of Poole Bay stretching from Hengistbury Head in the east to Poole Harbour entrance in the west, and on to Studland and Swanage bays to the south.

A bit of History


One of the biggest investments was the Surf Reef, next to the pier on the east side, which creates a surfable wave (in the right conditions) and on the back of that there are many new surf shops & casual beach cafes close to the sea front.

Drinking and shopping worth a mention

Shopping is great in Boscombe, with the modern pedestrian Soverign Centre, a busy High street & thriving street markets. Ashley Road has an eclectic mix of shops which is a fantastic place to pick up antiques & unique furniture of all types.

One of our favorite eateries in Boscombe is on the sea front, with stunning water front views – Urban Reef is an “informal bar, café, deli & restaurant” it is open for great breakfasts, right through the day until late & is particularly popular on a sunny weekend morning!

Many other cuisines are to be found such as classic Fish & Chips, Chinese or Pizza, Indian but one of the best in our opinion is Koh Thai on Christchurch Road, Thai tapas food, perfect for an early evening light bite or a Thai feast….


Primary Schools

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Junior Schools

Bethany CE VA Junior School

Senior Schools

Bournemouth Collegiate School

  • Boscombe was originally an independent settlement, separated from Bournemouth by dense wood and moorland, it was incorporated into the boundaries of Bournemouth in 1876 during a period of significant development of the area. In the 10 years to 1881 the population had grown from 212 to 1895 people.
  • During the late 19th & early 20th Centuries, Boscombe Manor was a grand house that was extensively rebuilt & renamed a number of times, most of the building is now taken up with the Shelley Manor Medical Centre.
  • Royal Victoria Hospital opened in 1877 on Shelley Road
  • Pokesdown Railway station opened on the Brokenhurst to Bournemouth Line in 1883
  • Boscombe Pier was opened in 1889 & in 1902, to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII, “common no 59” was renamed as “Kings Park”.
  • Boscombe was one of the wealthiest areas of Bournemouth between the wars. In 1935 construction started of San Remo Towers, in a Los Angeles Spanish Style. This block of 164 flats is now a Grade II listed building.
  • Boscombe thrived post war as the boom in the seaside holiday market brought prosperity to the area.
  • The decline in traditional English holidays in the 70’s & 80’s, in favour of the cheaper package holiday to Europe, saw Boscombe’s fortunes wane
    • The pier itself has also been refurbished extensively. Well worth a visit, it has art exhibits & a musical walkway & bagged the prestigious title “Pier of the Year” in 2010.
    • The O2 Academy is a large live entertainment venue that attracts many big name bands & dance music events. Originally, a Grand Theatre, this grade II listed building has undergone multi million pound refurbishment.

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