Rottingdean Beach

Rottingdean beach is set on the comparatively quiet stretch of coast between Brighton and Newhaven. This reasonably-sized beach is your typical Sussex affair, with a series of groynes and breakwaters to keep the pebbles place.
As the tide goes out the pebbles give way to an area of flat sand , but also some rockpools.

The beach is backed by a promenade, which forms part of Undercliff Walk, stretching from Brighton Marina to Saltdean. As the name suggests the path sits below the tall white chalk cliffs that are iconic along this coast.

Rottingdean has basic facilities including a small cafe and a seasonal lifeguard service. There are a few beach huts at the foot of the cliffs along with a basketball court.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling


  • Promenade

Nearest town




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TQ 3708 0202

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