The Beach Guide

Sandhaven Beach

Sandhaven Beach - Tyne and Wear
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Sandhaven is a long sandy beach lined with impressive sand dunes, located in South Shields, just south of the South Pier. The South Tyneside Heritage Trail crosses the beach. Birdwatching, surfing and windsurfing.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban on nothern half of the beach 1st May to 30th September.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town

    South Shields


    NE33 2LD

    OS grid ref.

    NZ 3777 6746

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Sandhaven Beach Reviews

    Sandhaven and Littlehaven, South Shields

    Dorothy Wilson
    Sep 30th 2019

    Sandhaven is a beautiful stretch of beach which cleaned and swept every day in the season. Good toilet facilities and you can park right next door to beach. There’s restaurants just beside beach as well as ‘ Minchellas’  kiosk which serves ice creams, snacks, coffee etc - this is popular all year round. There are RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beach in season. A first class beach with lovely soft clean sand.

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