Guide to Dorset's beaches

Southbourne Beach

Southbourne Beach

Southbourne is a sandy beach located in the eastern suburbs of Bournemouth. Quieter than the other Bournemouth beaches, and therefore popular with locals, Southbourne is easily accessed via the Fisherman's Walk Cliff Railway, which also serves Boscombe and Bournemouth. Plentiful parking and a promenade with beach huts and a range of refreshments.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on parts of the beach throughout the year.

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There are many excellent facilities available along Bournemouth's beaches. These include toilets with access for disabled visitors; first aid posts. lost children centres and information offices. Pubs; cafes; kiosks and restaurants serve drinks.


Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Various pay and display carparks including the Undercliff Car Park on the beach with access at Boscombe Pier.


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended