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Boscombe, DorsetBoscombe is best known for its pier and golden yellow beach: one mile east of Bournemouth pier. Every year hundreds of swimmers do the pier to pier swim - some hardier ones over the Winter period.
The views from Boscombe cliff are delightful.
The water is usually lovely and clean, and in the late summer is warm (for England) to swim in.
Boscombe is also the location of Shelley Park and the Shelley Rooms which is a small museum in memory of the Shelley family (PB Shelley, Mary Shelley).
Shelley Park has 3 tennis courts, Pitch and Putt and a Bowling Green.
AFC Bournemouth is based in Kings Park, Boscombe. The football club almost went bankrupt in 1995 and has since been turned into a "community club".
You can still stand in the Bournemouth stadium which makes watching the football a lot more enjoyable.
The highlight of the night life in Boscombe is the club, The Opera House, in the main shopping precinct.
Close by is Hengistbury Head where the walks and views of the English Channel are lovely. You can see the Isle of Wight to the East and Swanage to the West.
There is a 3 par golf course and driving range at Hengistbury Head.
Next to Hengistbury Head is Christchurch, an old town settled in Norman Britain in the 13th Century.
Hotels and B&BValberg Hotel
1a Wollstonecraft Road, Bocombe, Bournemouth BH5 1JQ
Grand Avenue, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Telephone (01202) 428300
Wollstonecraft Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1JQ
Telephone (01202) 394588
Kingsley No Smoking Hotel
History of Boscombe