St Marys Bay

St Marys Bay - Kent
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This clean, sandy beach stretches along the coast between Dymchurch and Littlestone-on-Sea.  At low tide this part of the beach is about half a mile wide with wooden groynes dividing it up. In summer St Mary’s Bay is particularly popular with bathers.

A good promenade runs alongside the beach, behind which is a low sea wall.  In the summer season a kiosk opens on the promenade selling drinks and snacks.

Out at sea is a section of concrete Mulberry Harbour, built in 1944 for the Dunkirk landings.  The land close to the beach was developed as a resort in the 1920s, and reached its peak in the 1960s.

Romney Marsh, home to a variety of wildlife, lies south-west of the beach.  Children will enjoy taking a ride on the nearby Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch narrow-gauge railway.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September between the Fairway to the river.

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town



TN29 0RN

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TR 0930 2769


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St Marys Bay Reviews

Beautiful Beach excellent walking facilities on promenade and beach

Feb 24th 2021

Fabulous walks along sea shore particularly for locals during lockdown, apart from toilets in car park, there are no other facilities which makes the area unspoilt and tranquil, when restrictions allow ideal for picnic.

Lovely and peaceful

Aug 29th 2021

Love going here all year round and letting the dogs have a play, all the better as you aren’t bombarded with arcades and shops. There are plenty of these just along the coast at Dymchurch.

St Mary’s - Dog ???? walking

Dec 26th 2020

Lovely clean beach walks my boy absolutely loves it!

Beautiful clean beach

Apr 12th 2023

Beautiful sandy bay very clean with a long well surfaced promenade making it perfect for everyone including wheelchair users .The only downside is the toilets are not open currently

Fabulous clean beach

Katie Hill
Apr 05th 2022

Beautiful clean sandy beach


Aug 08th 2020

Add some arcades to this place