Alum Chine Beach (Bournemouth)

West of Bournemouth Pier lies this clean, wide sand and shingle beach, backing on to attractive tropical gardens. It’s usually quieter than the central beaches; family-friendly features include a large adventure playground with a pirate theme and paddling pool, lost children centres, and ice cream kiosks. The beach slopes gently into the sea and RNLI lifeguards are on duty from May to September between 10am to 6pm.

A short walk from the beach, Alum Chine Car Park has 92 spaces including a few accessible parking spaces. There is a bus stop next to the beach for buses into Bournemouth. There is a baby changing area and RADAR-key accessible toilet next to the children’s play area; the promenade toilets include baby changing facilities. There are also drinking water points and outdoor showers.

The flat promenade makes it easy to get to Bournemouth Pier and free beach wheelchairs can be borrowed(first come, first served). In clear weather, the views from the beach to Old Harry’s Rocks, the Solent, and the Isle of Wight are especially appealing.

There are restrictions on skateboarding, skating, cycling and e-scooters apply in July and August. Other restrictions apply to dogs and barbecues. Colourful beach huts are available for hire, including 21 “super huts” - ask the local beach office.

The beach is a popular location for wind surfing, water skiing, surfing, swimming and bathing, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking and canoeing and fishing.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on parts of the beach throughout the year although they are banned from certain areas during the summer months.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Pub nearby

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SZ 0749 9019

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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