Dorset is home to numerous beaches, as well as encompassing much of the phenomenal Jurassic Coast, so you can expect incredible scenery as well as a wonderful day by the beach. Choose from our selection of wonderful Dorset beaches.
With nearly 100 miles of coastline to explore, Dorset is home to a range of wonderful beaches, catering to a variety of tastes. For glorious golden sand that’s perfect for sunbathing or building sandcastles with the little ones, try Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole beaches.
For spectacular scenery in the form of a dramatic backdrop, head to the iconic cliffs of West Bay, famously featured in ITV’s hit series Broadchurch or the renowned natural limestone arch that is instantly recognisable at Durdle Door Beach.
Enjoy safe swimming with the children in the calm waters and serene beauty of Lyme Regis and if you like the more daring activity, head to the expansive pebble beach at Chesil Cove, very popular with scuba divers looking to explore Dorset’s marine life.
This white, sandy beach forms part of Studland Bay, backed by the stunning dunes of the Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve.
An idyllic beach surrounded by a sheltered bay in Swanage with a promenade, boat trips, and sandy shores.
West Bay Beach rests along the coast of the Dorset AONB, and is split up into two shingle beaches, East and West.