Seaton Carew Beach

Seaton Carew Beach - County Durham
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Lying on the North Sea coast between Hartlepool and the mouth of the River Tees, Seaton Carew Beach provides a good stretch of sand. The beach is popular with bathers and families looking for a good beach during the summer season. 

In winter the vast expanse of sand revealed at low tide is popular with walkers and anyone wanting to blow away the cobwebs in the bracing North Sea winds.

Whatever the season this is a great location for golfers with Seaton Carew Golf Links situated just behind the beach. 

There are plenty of places to park and visitors will find arcades and a range of other low-key beach resort attractions along the beach.  In Seaton Carew itself, just behind the beach, are some very popular chip shops and ice-cream parlours.

In the 18th and 19th centuries Seaton Carew became a fashionable holiday resort, attracting gentry, wealthy Quakers and nobility alike.  Today views from the beach remind visitors of the areas more recent industrial heritage. Although some might find the distant chimneys and cranes detract from the natural beauty of the seascape, they actually blend in quite well and add a touch of drama to the sea views.

For those who don’t fancy walking on the sand, a splendid promenade runs adjacent to the beach all the way from Hartlepool Marina to Seaton Carew. The esplanade dates back to the areas heyday in 1905. 

North of Carr House Sands, Hartlepool Submerged Forest is an underwater peat area containing the remains of tree-trunks which are over 5,000 years old.  The peaty flats are usually hidden under a thin layer of sand.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the beach between North Shelter and Seaton Carew Golf Club between May and September. Dog bins are present.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Slipway

Nearest town



TS25 1BU

OS grid ref.

NZ 5280 2954


Parking available

Water quality

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