The Beach Guide

Kingsgate Bay

Kingsgate Bay is a sheltered sandy cove backed by high white chalk cliffs. The beach is probably best known for its sea caves which are reputedly some of the best in the country.

Although there is no lifeguard service at Kingsgate it is still a popular family beach. It is also usually much quieter than the neighbouring beaches of Joss Bay and Botany Bay. One reason for this is the parking isn’t as good, although it’s only short walk from Joss Bay with its large car park. There is also a fair sized customer’s car park at the pub.

Overlooking the southern end of the beach is Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760s for Lord Holland. At the other end is the Captain Digby public house, also built by Lord Holland. This family friendly pub has great views over the beach and a children’s play area.

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Kingsgate Bay all year round.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town



CT10 3QH

OS grid ref.

TR 3960 7062

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Kingsgate Bay Reviews

May 26th 2019

Would recommend visiting with dogs

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