Bournemouth Beach – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)


It should come as no surprise that more than 6 million people visit Bournemouth Beach every year given that it is widely regarded as one of the finest beaches in the United Kingdom.

The golden sand beach that extends for 9.5 miles from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks is the ideal setting for a day spent unwinding by the water.

The beach is kept tidy and in good condition, and the water quality is exceptional.

In addition to the beach shops and arcades, there are also a number of restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream stands along the waterfront that are open to accommodate guests.

The beach has gentle sand, and there are RNLI lifeguards on duty between the months of April and September.

The beach is very family-friendly.

How to get to Bournemouth Beach

The closest bus stations to Bournemouth Beach are Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth Pier and Hinton Road Top which are all under a 5 minute walk away.

The beach is approximately 1 mile from the main Bournemouth train station, you can walk this in around 20 minutes.

Bournemouth Beach Photos

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Which part of Bournemouth beach is best?

Some of my favorite parts are:

  • Sandbanks
  • Alum Chine
  • Fishermans Walk
  • Hengistbury Head

Is Bournemouth beach a sandy beach?

Yes Bournemouth Beach is sandy for the majority of the coastline.

Why is Bournemouth beach so popular?

The beach is popular due to it’s golden sand, clean beaches and a variety of attractions close by.

During the summer the beaches get extremely crowded, so it’s recommended you arrive early to secure a good spot.

Can you swim in Bournemouth beach?

Yes you can swim and it’s safe to do so, assuming there is a lifeguard present on the beach and you swim between red and yellow flags.


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