Hornsea Beach

This beach in the East Riding of Yorkshire is mainly shingle and fine golden sand, and offers a classic traditional seaside experience. Flamborough Headland is visible to the north, while to the south the Holderness coast can be seen. The beach is either the start or the end of the Trans Pennine Trail, aimed at walkers, horse riders, and cyclists.

The charming promenade stretches the whole length of the seafront, with attractively landscaped gardens, plenty of parking, and old wooden breakwaters. There’s a Victorian folly, and the location is popular for bird watching, canoeing, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, swimming or bathing, walking, and wind surfing. The beach is usually quiet - seals have been spotted here.

There is a large public car park about a minute or so from the seafront and there are numerous shops and cafes nearby. Visitors should be aware that lifeguard services at this beach are often limited only to very high season. From 1 May to 30 September dogs are not allowed on this beach.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st to September 30th

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



HU18 1PZ

OS grid ref.

TA 2106 4775

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Hornsea Beach Reviews

Good beaches

Dave S
Jul 31st 2021

The beaches in Hornsea are absolutely fine. Negative views are generally about people, not the beach. You get inconsiderate people everywhere unfortunately.

best beach for many miles

Jun 20th 2021

fantastic sand and shingle beach, plenty of room for families with young children to do the whole bucket and spade thing. Shops on Promenade for ice creams, fish and chips etc and a short walk into town. Separate area for Dogs/No dogs, lovely cafe and paddling pool on prom with seats and gardens to watch the world go by and while away the afternoon. Once visited you will return again and again.


mr hall
Dec 31st 2019

recent comment by dog walker not fair to anglers. i myself own a dog and on many occasions i take him fishing with me to Hornsea beach he is well behaved and socialises with other anglers / public and dogs alike freely off his lead, unlike untrained out of control dogs that constantly cause havoc by running amock anglers at will snatching bait/baited hooks /or packing up and flask being weed on; these are problems caused by the owner not the dog a well trained dog is more than welcome to visit an angler for a pat or even a treat if owner agrees.but i can vouch for a thousand anglers 100% everyone has been ABUSED by untrained dogs LIKE YOURS, that causes the anger.there is miles of empty beach at Hornsea to train your dog properly.

Dec 24th 2019

Dont bother taking your dog or family. The beaches are so over run by rude anti-social sea fisherman that you will be lucky to get near the sea.

What did we get wrong?