Seaham Beach

Seaham Beach is a pleasant sandy beach, with some areas of rock, which stretches on for around half a mile beyond the north of the town and harbour. It is sometimes referred to as Seaham North Beach and until 2013 it was known as Seaham Hall Beach.

The beach is backed by a promenade.  Behind the promenade are low rise cliffs and a grassy area.  Towering above the beach is Seaham Hall, where in 1815 Lord Byron married heiress Anne Milebanke.  Now the building operates as a luxury hotel.

Also above the beach is a sculpture of a First World War soldier, known locally as “Tommy” he looks towards the war memorial.

Until the 1920s Seaham had one of the country’s largest glass factories.  Today, almost 100 years after the plant closed, Seaham Beach is possibly the best place to come for smooth, multi-coloured sea glass.  Beachcombers might find the smooth glass “stones” on the shore line, as well as fossils and shells.

The former mining town of Seaham suffered with high unemployment after the closures of the local mines.  However a regeneration of the beach and surrounding area has brought the tourist trade to Seaham, and with the marina, shops and other attractions around the harbour this resort gets quite busy in summer.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NZ 4245 5069


Two car parks available. both close to the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Seaham Beach Reviews

Dog Friendly and other Interest

Jane B
Jun 06th 2021

My husband and I recently moved to the area and now try to go to this beach once a week.  The beach is very long and, with low tide, has interesting rocks exposed.  Then, of course, there is the glass which is pretty easy to spot.  Our dogs love it, as do we.

Seaham Hall Beach

Sep 13th 2020

Great beach, lots of rocks and pebls to see, only 85 steps down the long way from the car park, downside is no loos!!  Tonias cafe on the car park, but at the moment due to Covid 19 restrictions are not available - great visit for a day though

Great day out

Aug 03rd 2020

Beautiful beaches with the added attraction of the sea glass

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