Minnis Bay

Minnis Bay is a long family-friendly stretch of beach in the village of Birchington-on-Sea in an area known as the Isle of Thanet. It is east of the Thames Estuary, facing the North Sea midway between Herne Bay and Margate.

The Blue Flag beach has opportunities for watersports activities include sailing, windsurfing, paddling, kayaking and beach games. There’s a paddling pool for youngsters and a lifeguard service.

Like the surrounding area, the beach is almost flat and bordered by sand dunes. At low tide, a large expanse of sand is exposed and is ideal for walking, ball games and sunbathing.

Minnis Bay is home to a good range of amenities including free car parking, toilets and a well-equipped children’s play area. There’s also a picnic area, kiosk for ice creams and a cafe on the promenade.

The area is served by an open-top bus in summer, or bring bicycles and you can ride from Minnis Bay along the Viking Coastal Trail to Margate. Dogs are banned in summer.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban from 1st May through to 30th September

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


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TR 2871 6971


There is parking for around 100 cars including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag Award

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Minnis Bay Reviews

Fab for the family

Jul 14th 2020

Make sure you check the tides before settling down on the beach!
When the tide’s not high this is an amazing family beach.  Tons of space on this sandy beach.  Perfect for kids and when the tide is low its ideal for paddling with small children.  Great for sandcastle building and burying siblings

Lovely day out full of fun

Aug 23rd 2019

Wow what a fabulous day out. Free parking was a great start! Started with fishing in the rock pools, we caught lots of little fish (still trying to work out what they were!) shrimps, and crabs - all different sizes! We all totally loved it. Wouldn’t go into the bathing pool bit without anything on your feet though cos it’s full of released crabs! ????

Then we spent the rest of the day building sand castles. Watch out cos when the tide is coming back, it’s very fast and catches you out easily! 3 active and very observant life guards on duty today. They were actually excellent. Toilets by all the food places and a lone loo by the crabs and rock pools. A play park on the green andots of places to eat or get an ice cream.
Clean, sandy beach with tons of lovely shells. Lots of seaweed, which got a bit pongy! But together a fabulous day out which was very cheap! Always a bonus.

Aug 12th 2019

Flat, Sandy, Safe, rockpools, swimming, life guards,

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