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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 Coast video here, we’re sure you’ll be blown away!

The diversity of the Dorset coast means there are plenty of 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.

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!

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  1. 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....

  2. Add Swanage Beach Bungalows to your Itinerary

    Swanage Beach Bungalows

    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...

  3. Add Brownsea Island to your Itinerary

    Brownsea Island

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    POOLE

    Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife such as the rare red squirrel and many varieties of bird. Visitors will be fascinated by...

  4. Add Highcliffe Beach to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Highcliffe, CHRISTCHURCH

    Location- Conveniently situated close to the centre of Highcliffe Village
    Best Features- Sandy beaches, safe swimming
    Watersports- Ideal for body boarding
    Disabled access- Difficult as there are a series of steep paths to reach the beach
    Local facilities & shops- No facilities on the beach but...

  5. Add Kimmeridge Bay to your Itinerary

    Kimmeridge Bay

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Kimmeridge, WAREHAM

    Kimmeridge Bay lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset! Check tide times to gain the most reward.

    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at the end of the bay encourages all ages to explore the bay, its ledges and rockpools...

  6. Add Seatown Beach to your Itinerary

    Seatown Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Lyme Regis

    A steep shelving beach with pebbles and shingle.

  7. Add Worbarrow Bay to your Itinerary

    Worbarrow Bay

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    Beach

    EAST LULWORTH

    Worbarrow Bay is found a short walk (1 mile) from Tyneham village. Worbarrow Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast. Parking is found at Tyneham village - charge applies.

    Worbarrow Bay and the village are now managed by the Ministry of Defence and therefore access is limited. To find opening times...

  8. Add Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach) to your Itinerary

    Burton Bradstock (Hive Beach)

    Type

    Beach

    Bridport

    A shelving shingle beach, close to the village of Burton Bradstock.

    On a clear day, visitors can enjoy breath taking views round to Portland and right the way round to the East Devon Coast.

  9. Add Friars Cliff Beach to your Itinerary

    Friars Cliff Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Friars Cliff, CHRISTCHURCH

    Location- Located in the area known as Friars Cliff, between Avon Beach and Steamer Point Beach, just East of Mudeford Village.
    Best Features- Clean sandy beaches, safe swimming and magnificent views of Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay.
    Watersports- Canoeing, boardsailing and dinghies
    Disabled...

  10. Add Lyme Regis Beaches to your Itinerary

    Lyme Regis Beaches

    Type

    Beach

    Lyme Regis

    Lyme regis is a picturesque and historic seaside town set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A town of steep streets, its most outstanding feature is a delightful 13th century harbour known as the Cobb.

    The beaches in Lyme regis are a mixture of sand and pebbles. Monmouth beach is very...