Selsey Beach

Selsey, at the southernmost point of the Manhood Peninsula, south of Chichester, is known for its crabs and lobsters and for its varied bird life.

The village offers a choice of beaches. The long area of shingle stretching up the east side of the headland towards Pagham Harbour Reserve, is backed by the narrow Selsey-Bill promenade and is interspersed with wooden groynes.  The land here is low-lying and is at risk from flooding.

There are many submerged rock formations off the headland.  Towards the top end of the beach, just south of Pagham Lagoon is a long spit of shingle which is of significant geological interest.

The village of Selsey has a long history of fishing and still has its own fleet.  Some limited facilities can be found here.  There are more extensive facilities in Chichester a few miles inland.

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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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Childrens play area

Nearest town



PO20 0EU

OS grid ref.

SZ 8620 9276


There is parking for 500 cars by the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Selsey Beach Reviews


Jan 02nd 2022

If you want a beach where you have space, options to get a drink/ice cream and such calm waters to swim and paddleboard then this is the place for you!

Dec 26th 2021

Always full of dog crap! Shingle beach, difficult to walk along. Selsey is just old and tired

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