Sandgate Beach

Sandgate is a small coastal town around 2 miles down the coast from Folkestone.  Approximately one mile west of the town centre, this large, pebble beach is used by fishermen , picnickers and anyone looking for a relaxing spot to sit on the shore, skimming stones and watching boats and ferries pass by in the distance. 

The beach is backed by a promenade which runs all the way between Hythe to the west and Folkestone to the east.  This promenade is used by pedestrians, cyclists and those who come here to enjoy a bracing run along the seafront. There are plenty of benches and a number of cafes and kiosks selling ice cream and other snacks. 

The town of Sandgate has a number of pubs, quaint independent shops and other facilities. 

There are some parking spots to be found along the seafront, although at peak times these can fill up pretty quickly.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Good fishing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



CT21 5RJ

OS grid ref.

TR 1891 3483


A small car park for about 15 cars on the front with more spaces available in town and on the street.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Sandgate Beach Reviews

Love this beach

Francesca ord
May 28th 2021

Such a lovely beach. Its lovely for kayaking and swimming. There’s some lovely cafes and restaurants on the High street which is seconds away from the beach.

Love it!

Peter piper
Oct 05th 2019

What’s not to like! 5 star quality waters, packed with marine life. Lovely shingle beach and above average UK weather all your round. Lovely place. Lots of parking available too.

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