Guide to Dorset's beaches

The Best Beaches in the Dorset

  1. Lulworth Cove Beach » Jurassic Coast

    Lulworth Cove Beach

    Lulworth Cove is a very sheltered pebble beach in a remarkable, horse-shoe shaped cove, formed ten thousand years ago by erosion from the sea. There is ample parking, a cafe, toilets and boat trips in summer to Durdle Door and Mupe Bay.

    • Currently 5.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  2. Kimmeridge Bay Beach » Jurassic Coast

    Kimmeridge Bay Beach

    • Currently 5.0000/5
    lifeguarded good surf
  3. West Bay Beach » West Dorset

    West Bay Beach

    • Currently 5.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  4. West Bay Beach » West Dorset

    West Bay Beach

    • Currently 4.6667/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  5. Charmouth Beach » West Dorset

    Charmouth Beach

    • Currently 4.4286/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  6. Shell Bay (Studland) Beach » Swanage

    Shell Bay (Studland) Beach

    • Currently 4.2500/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  7. Sandbanks Beach » Poole

    Sandbanks Beach

    Sandbanks is a spit of golden sand that crosses the mouth of Poole harbour and continues all the way to Bournemouth, a distance of around five kilometers. Dubbed Britain's Palm Beach, because of astronomical land prices, Sandbanks is well-served by upmarket hotels and restaurants. The Sandbanks Chain Ferry connects Sandbanks with Studland.

    • Currently 4.1429/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets
  8. Boscombe Beach » Bournemouth

    Boscombe Beach

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe good surf
  9. Fishermans Walk Beach » Bournemouth

    Fishermans Walk Beach

    A stretch of beach popular with locals, Fishermans Walk is located between Southbourne and Boscombe. Mostly sand, with some shingle, the beach has safe swimming, deckchair hire, beach huts and a cafe. Accessed from Southbourne Overcliffe Drive.

    • Currently 4.0000/5
    lifeguarded cafe toilets good surf
  10. Seatown Beach » West Dorset

    Seatown Beach

    Seatown is a coastal hamlet with a privately-owned beach, just east of Golden Cap, the highest point on England's south coast. The shelving shingle beach is open to the public and popular with fossil collectors and fishermen.

    • Currently 3.8261/5
    lifeguarded toilets