Southwick Beach

Southwick Beach - West Sussex
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Southwick Beach lies immediately to the east of historic Shoreham Harbour, where the River Adur enters the sea.  The beach here slopes gently into the sea and is mainly shingle, although at low tide, an area of wet sand and shingle is exposed. As is typical for this stretch of the coast, the beach is intersected by a number of wooden groynes.  A significant amount has been spent on improving the sea defences here in recent years.

Behind the beach is a promenade, on which can be found a cafĂ©.  From here, concrete steps lead down to the beach.  Behind the promenade is a road and a mix of warehouses and light industrial buildings. 

The beach is used for fishing, windsurfing and bathing, although there is no zoning here.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach and dog bins are provided.

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets

Nearest town



BN41 1WD

OS grid ref.

TQ 2449 0471


Free car parking space is available for 80 vehicles.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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