Best beaches in Merseyside

Below are a list of the top 10 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.

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    1. Formby Beach

    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…

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    2. West Kirby Beach

    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…

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    3. Ainsdale Beach

    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…

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    4. New Brighton (Wallasey) Beach

    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…

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    5. Crosby (Hall Road West) Beach

    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…

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    6. Meols Beach

    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. Sandbuggying and horse riding are popular here, and in…

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    7. Blundellsands Beach

    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.

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    8. Moreton Beach

    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.…

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    9. Southport Beach

    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.…

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    10. Hightown Beach

    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…

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