Dover Harbour Beach

Dover Harbour Beach - Kent
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This pleasant patch of shingle beach sits within the shelter of Dover’s harbour. Despite being set within a major port the beach has surprisingly clean water (Marine Conservation Society recommended) and an attractive seafront behind.

Overlooking the beach is the imposing medieval Dover castle. Other notable views include the famous white cliffs plus you can watch the cross channel ferries come and go.

Being located in front of the town means there is no shortage of facilities including shops and cafes. Dover Harbour beach is also home to a water-sports centre where equipment is available to hire for use within a designated recreation area within the harbour.

The north-eastern end of the beach here is known as Swimmer’s beach and is well known as a training spot for channel swimmers.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1 May to 30 September between the hours of 9am and 8pm

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Slipway
  • Promenade

Nearest town



CT16 1LA

OS grid ref.

TR 3208 4103


There is parking for over 300 cars (including disabled) available for a charge.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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