Fraisthorpe Beach (Auburn Sands)

Fraisthorpe is a flat, sandy beach in the East Riding area of Yorkshire. It forms part of Bridlington Bay, a sandy stretch of coastline that stretches on for many miles southwards, down to the Humber Estuary. This makes the beach perfect for walking, with dogs allowed all year round. It is also a good beach for horse riding, particularly in the quieter months of the year.

In summer, Fraisthorpe is a popular spot for taking a dip in the North Sea, although there is no lifeguard service. It is also a popular beach for kite-surfing thanks to the wide, relatively flat expanse of sand.

The beach is backed by low clay cliffs and as you head north of the beach there are some spectacular views and cliff-top scenery.

There is pay-for parking available at Auburn Farm, very slightly raised from the level of the beach.

The village of Fraisthorpe is set back about a mile from the beach with the nearest large town being Bridlington, about 4 miles to the north. This harbour town has a large range of pubs, shops and restaurants and it is renowned for its shellfish.

Also known as:

Auburn Sands

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions at any time

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town



YO15 3QU

OS grid ref.

TA 1703 6281

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Fraisthorpe Beach Reviews

Mar 28th 2021

I received £100 fine, which I refused to pay as both machines were not working so it was impossible to buy a ticket; i also tried ringing helpline to no avail so we left after 5 minutes. After arguing my case several times it has now risen to approximately £1600.

We only went for an ice cream, but now face the prospect of going to court and bailiffs removing goods to offset the debt.

Feb 10th 2021

This is our families favorite beach we have many wonderful memories here and we’ve been visiting for many years. During lockdown #3 me and my husband took our children to the beach to blow the cob webs away. Fast forward 2 weeks later ive recieved a parking fine of £100 because we were literally minutes past the amount I had paid to park. The tolerance is zero minutes over the allotted time which is ridiculous so beware and don’t get caught out like we did. To the greedy landowners you make endless amounts of money each year in the summer when your car park and cafe is always full, there is no reason for this new parking system other than greed. Im sure like myself this year many others will choose a different beach to enjoy there downtime but I diffinatly will not be returning here. Thank you for ruining a wonderful beach.


Jan 27th 2021

A family member visited Fraisthorpe on Boxing Day. Was unable to pay on the app after numerous attempts so drove away after ten minutes. A £60 fine came through which was unsuccessfully appealed!!

Parking fine

Jan 27th 2021

We paid for a parking ticket and still got fined 100 pound not going to this beach anymore .

£100 for car parking!

Jan 04th 2021

Like many others we have paid a £100 charge for car parking. It took my wife several attempts to pay by phone. These failed so I paid by card 12 minutes after entering the car park. We received the fine as we exceeded the 10 minute limit. We have visited many times for a dog walk and some food but will be returning.

Received Parking fine dispite paying for parking

Dec 30th 2020

A few weeks after our visit we received a £100 fine for failing to pay for parking. Fortunately we still have the ticket with the correct car reg etc. But still forced to pay fine as this is not acceptable prof of payment.

Rip off at Fraisthorpe

Dec 22nd 2020

Recent visit to Fraisthorpe resulted in £100 parking fine.
Neither machine working.
Called the helpline number only to be told “there’s no one here on a Sunday love’.
Appealed the fine, it still stands and if I appeal again it goes up.
Absolute disgrace


Greedy car park owners
Nov 21st 2020

The recent instalment of parking meters means if you are 1 sec over your time you pay £100 for you walk along a very mediocre beach. #greedylandlords

Matt Gant
Aug 26th 2020

Great beach for dogs, not crowded ever, decent parking

What did we get wrong?