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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  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town



CT10 3QH

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TR 3960 7062

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Kingsgate Bay Reviews

Almost deserted whilst Joss and Botany were heaving

Jun 02nd 2021

I couldn’t believe that whilst Joss and Botany were rammed that Kingsgate Bay was so empty. It’s a really beautiful beach with the archway accessible at low tide. Being a more secluded cove the waves were smaller here and lended themselves to paddling. There isn’t a lifeguard unlike the other two but because of the reduced beachgoers it felt easier to monitor the shoreline.

The nearby pub serves really delicious food and if you eat there you get parking for free which is not to be sniffed at. We arrived at 9:30 and there were lots of spaces.

Jul 26th 2020

Spent a lot of summers there growing up. Loved it despite the cold sea!

May 26th 2019

Would recommend visiting with dogs

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