Best beaches in Merseyside

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Merseyside as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Merseyside is Formby. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Merseyside just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Formby Beach

    Formby © Cat_collector | BY-SA

    Formby beach is a spacious stretch of beach backed by extensive sand dunes giving it a much more rural feel than its neighbours. Beyond the dunes are sweeping coastal pinewoods which are home to the red squirrels.

    Considering its position between Liverpool and Southport Formby beach surprisingly manages to retain much of its wild feel. Hopefully…

  • 2. New Brighton (Wallasey) Beach

    New Brighton (Wallasey) © Graham Robson | BY-SA

    New Brighton Beach, in the north-east corner of the Wirral peninsula offers an attractive 3/4-mile stretch of golden sand.  In the summer months it is a popular destination for day-trippers.  

    From the beach there are striking views over the Liverpool city skyline.  The beach is a good place to watch ships sailing out from the…

  • 3. West Kirby Beach

    West Kirby © Eirian Evans | BY-SA

    West Kirby is a clean and easily accessible sandy beach on the Wirral Peninsula, at the mouth of the River Dee.  It offers fine views across the Dee Estuary and towards the hills of North Wales.
    The beach itself is relatively small at around 300 metres long.

    Located next to the beach is the West Kirby…

  • 4. Ainsdale Beach

    Ainsdale © Humphrey Bolton | BY-SA

    Located between Southport and Formby, Ainsdale beach forms a part of this long wide sandy stretch. Generally regarded as the best beach in the area Ainsdale is the only beach in the North West of England to have ever been awarded a Blue Flag. These days the beach holds a Quality Coast Award which ensures…

  • 5. Leasowe Bay

    Leasowe Bay © Jeff Buck | BY-SA

    Set at the northern end of the Wirral Peninsula,  Leasowe Bay is a wide, clean sandy beach. Backed by low-lying sand dunes and a hay meadow, the beach has a surprisingly wild feel. There are very little in way of facilities.

    Running along the length of the beach is a wide path and there are…

  • 6. Crosby (Hall Road West) Beach

    Crosby (Hall Road West) © Timhill

    This wide, sandy beach, backed by low dunes is popular with walkers, bird watchers and art lovers.

    Possibly the most striking feature here is the "Another Place" art installation by renowned artist Antony Gormley (best known for his Angel of the North).  100 life-sized cast iron figures, all staring out to sea were built…

  • 7. Meols Beach

    Meols © William Starkey | BY-SA

    Meols lies on the Wirral Peninsula, between Hoylake and Wallasey, just off the A553.  At low tide the small stretch of shingle beach here becomes a wide expanse of sand and mudflats.  

    Sand-buggying and horse riding are popular here, and in the winter months this can be a good place to go birdwatching.  

    From the shoreline…

  • 8. Blundellsands Beach

    Blundellsands © John Darch | BY-SA

    This wide open expanse of beach is located just north of Crosby, one of Mersyside's most affluent areas. Blundellsands beach is backed partly by a promenade and then dunes to the north.

    What Blundellsands is probably best known for though are the life-size cast iron sculptures of several men set just beyond the tide line.…

  • 9. Moreton Beach

    Moreton © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    Moreton lies on the Wirral Peninsula, about 2.5 miles west of New Brighton. At high tide the beach, which has some interesting, concrete sea defences, is mainly shingle, but when the tide is out, a vast area of wet sand becomes exposed. Anyone venturing far out onto the sandbanks needs to keep an…

  • 10. Southport Beach

    Southport © Jeff Buck | BY-SA

    Although many would say Southport's heyday was in the Victorian era this traditional seaside resort is still one of the most popular in the UK. Much of this has been due to the array of annual events held here which pull in big crowds. However, it is still the town's vast swathe of sandy beach…

  • 11. Hightown Beach

    Hightown © Sue Adair | BY-SA

    The small town of Hightown lies on the Formby coastline between Liverpool and Southport. The undeveloped area of sand and shingle beach, backed by an extensive system of dunes, between Blundellsands and the River Alt estuary is used by ramblers and dog walkers. There are no dog restrictions and the Sefton Coastal Path passes the…

  • 12. Formby - Lifeboat Road Beach

    Formby - Lifeboat Road © Gary Rogers | BY-SA

    Visitors to Formby Beach will be rewarded with a vast expanse of clean golden sand, backed by extensive grassy dunes and wooded areas.  This is a popular destination which is easily accessed from Liverpool.

    The flat sand is suitable for playing beach games, building sandcastles and sunbathing. Walkers will find plenty of footpaths in the dunes…