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Bournemouth Seafront & Pier

Bournemouth Seafront & Pier

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Dorset Beaches

Looking for a fantastic beach break but feel you need to jet off to a far flung destination?

Think again because here in Dorset, we have some of the finest beaches to be found anywhere in the UK meaning it won’t cost the earth to feel soft sand and clear blue sea gently lap over your feet.

Glorious coastline

Dorset enjoys nearly 100 miles of coastline so it’s no wonder we’ve got some brilliant beaches that everyone will enjoy.

Whether you’re looking to build super sandcastles, safe swimming and paddling or to sit back and enjoy some fantastic food on our glorious coastline, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

View our fantastic Dorset Beach & Coast video here, we’re sure you’ll be blown away!

The diversity of the Dorset coast means there are plenty of Dorset beach destinations with their own unique charm and character to explore, from miles of sweeping golden sand to secluded private coves and everything in between.

Traditional seaside fun

The soft golden sands and safe bathing waters make Weymouth a fabulous family holiday destination.

With a number of beaches to choose from, Weymouth with its Georgian architecture along the esplanade really is a slice of the traditional British seaside complete with donkey rides and Punch & Judy to entertain young and old.

Swanage is known for its crystal clear water and its family friendly setting.

This traditional seaside resort has been enjoyed by families since Victorian times even today you will still see children in the wonderful sunshine competing in making the finest sandcastle in town.

Inspiring backdrop

Further to the west of the county you will find the stunning seaside settings of West Bay and Lyme Regis.

Eagle eyed visitors to West Bay may recognise it as the setting for ITV’s award winning drama Broadchurch.

With its iconic cliffs West Bay provides a breathtaking backdrop for a wonderful day at the beach.

Lyme Regis is another of Dorset’s most popular resorts that continues to be enjoyed by all ages.

Home to glorious golden sand, stunning scenery and safe bathing waters protected to the famous Cobb, Lyme Regis makes for a wonderful day at the seaside.

Also, why not check out Dorset’s key beaches to give you a better idea before choosing your holiday destination in Dorset.

Please be sure to stay safe while visiting the coast, you can find further details of beach safety here.

Start planning your next beach holiday now

So with all of Dorset’s wonderful beaches waiting to be enjoyed surely it’s an easy decision to come and visit.

Use our accommodation links below and book your break to Dorset today, just don’t forget your cossie!

If you would like to know about the other things happening in Dorset, head on over to our things to do, whats on, places to visit and food and drinks pages.

There you will find more information on the following:

Last but not least, if you are looking for something a little different but still 'beach related', we definitely recommend you travel up to the filming location of ITV's hit crime series 'Broadchurch' and see for yourself how the beach played a key role in the series.

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  1. Add Avon Beach to your Itinerary

    Avon Beach

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    Beach

    CHRISTCHURCH

    Best features: Great for families with small children and people with disabilities as it has its own beach level car park.

    Location: East of Mudeford Quay between Gundimore Beach and Friars Cliff Beach.

    Activities: A designated bathing beach apart from the area in front of the car park which...

  2. Add Highcliffe Beach to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Highcliffe, Christchurch

    Best features: Shingle and sand beaches, numerous promenades and cliff side paths to explore.

    Location: Conveniently located close to the centre of Highcliffe Village.

    Activities: bathing, watersports between groynes H8 and H10 only

    Access: A series of slopes and paths lead down to beach...

  3. Add Friars Cliff Beach to your Itinerary

    Friars Cliff Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Friars Cliff, CHRISTCHURCH

    Best features: Shingle and sand beaches ideal for families. Magnificent views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay. A short walk from the cliff top nature reserve at Steamer Point.

    Location: Located in the area known as Friars Cliff, between Avon Beach and Highcliffe Castle Beach, just...

  4. Add Mudeford Sandbank to your Itinerary

    Mudeford Sandbank

    Type

    Beach

    Mudeford, CHRISTCHURCH

    Best features: Great views across Christchurch Harbour and of the Isle of Wight

    Location: An isolated spit of land which adjoins Hengistbury Head and forms a natural barrier between Christchurch Harbour and the open sea.

    Activities: Bathing and watersports

    Access: Difficult. No parking on...

  5. Add Studland Beach and Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

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    Beach

    STUDLAND

    Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks and include Shell Bay. A designated section of naturist beach is at Knoll beach. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds....

  6. Add Gundimore Beach to your Itinerary

    Gundimore Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Mudeford, CHRISTCHURCH

    Best features: Great views of the Isle of Wight and Mudeford Sandbank.

    Location: Immediately east of Mudeford Quay.

    Activities: Designated watersports area.

    Access: Level access from Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach.

    Facilities: Mobile food outlet on promenade. Café, restaurant and shops...

  7. Add Swanage Beach Huts to your Itinerary

    Swanage Beach Huts

    Type

    Beach

    SWANAGE

    Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a table, four chairs and an electricity power point enabling you to have some comforts whilst gazing out to sea. Hire a beach hut, and your trips to the beach are made easier without having to take all...

  8. Add Highcliffe Castle Beach to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Castle Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Highcliffe, Christchurch

    Best features: A beautiful, rural, shingle and sand beach set against tree-lined cliffs.

    Location: Extends from the eastern end of the wave wall at Friars Cliff Beach to the start of the rock groynes at Highcliffe Beach.

    Activities: a designated bathing beach

    Access: Sloping zigzag path...

  9. Add Brownsea Island to your Itinerary

    Brownsea Island

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    POOLE

    The perfect day’s adventure, this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dramatic views to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats, including woodland, heathland and a...

  10. Add Highcliffe Castle to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Castle

    Type

    Viewpoint

    Highcliffe, CHRISTCHURCH

    Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed 1830s mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is situated just four miles east of Christchurch. The cliff-top grounds, with wonderful views of the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight, provide access to the beach and to the Christchurch...