Stretching over a mile this expanse of golden sand offers some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on the Welsh coast. Set on a peninsula that forms the south-westerly tip of Wales, Marloes Sands is exposed to the full force of the ocean. Combined with the high cliffs that back the beach, this is a very dramatic location.
This is a fact that hasn’t escaped Hollywood and scenes from the 2011 film “Snow White and the Huntsman” featuring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart were shot here. The 1968 historical drama “The Lion in Winter” was also filmed here.
At low tide Marloes Sands becomes a continuous expanse of sand punctuated by rocky outcrops. However, it is worth keeping an eye on the tide times as the beach can all but disappear on the high tide leaving a scramble up the cliffs the only option.
Whilst you are scrabbling up take time to appreciate the interesting geology of the layered sandstone and shale rock formations!
As part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park it is little surprise that there is a wealth of wildlife to see here. Seals are regular visitors and there is a mass of bird life. The nearby islands of Skomer and Skokholm are home to colonies of puffin, shearwaters, petrels, razorbills and just about any other type of seabird you can imagine.
There is a National Trust car park half a mile from the beach and the nearest facilities are in the village of Marloes a little further up the road.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are allowed on the beach but there are no dog bins.
- Town centre nearby
OS grid ref.
SM 7830 0748
Parking is available for over 30 cars and there is a charge.
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Marloes Sands Reviews
My favourite beach in Wales
Patsi WaiteOct 31st 2021
Just love this beach. I was devastated when we visited a few years ago when the tide was high. I always check now before we visit!
Best beach in wales everyone loved it was there 2 days ago
One of the best beaches in the UK
thevetchlingsAug 11th 2021
There are public toilets next to the café at Runwayskiln. It used to be a youth hostel and the signs showing directions to it are still in the college but it’s not there anymore. But the café in its site is fab.