Bournemouth, Dorset

The beaches at Bournemouth stretch for 7 miles between the coastal towns of Poole and Christchurch.

All of the beaches are soft sand and very family friendly. They are some of the safest beaches in the UK with RNLI Lifeguards based there between 30 April and 30 September.

There are Blue Flag beaches at Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Manor Steps, Fisherman's Walk and Southbourne.

Seafront offices with dedicated teams provide children’s wristbands (July and August only), plus deck chairs, sunbeds, windbreaks and parasols for hire.

Cliff Lifts are located at West Cliff, East Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk. For a small charge, the lifts will transport you up or down the cliffs. If you are feeling energetic, you can use the zigzag paths next to the lifts (for free).

Bournemouth Beach won number 1 beach in the UK, 6th in Europe and 20th in the World in TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2019.

Dogs are welcome all year round although restrictions apply at certain times of the year. Between 1 May and 30 September, dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenades and paths at all times, and may only be exercised on certain sections of beach: The border with Poole Beaches to Groyne 3 (Alum Chine beach office); Groynes 5 to halfway between groyne 6 and 7 (Middle Chine to Durley Chine); Groynes 36 to 45 (Fisherman’s Walk to Southbourne); and Groyne 45 to Hengistbury Head.

You can hire beach huts at various locations along the Bournemouth Beaches. You can stay overnight at the Bournemouth Beach Lodges.