Swanage Beach (North)

The clean, white sands combined with sheltered, clear waters of the bay make Swanage beach an ideal destination for a bucket and spade excursion.  The bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side, and views out over the Isle of Wight make Swanage a good place for soaking up the sun’s rays whilst admiring the views.

The gently sloping beach has a clearly marked designated swimming area.  Although there are no lifeguards, beach wardens patrol in summer. 

The calm, clear waters make the bay popular with swimmers, windsurfers and scuba divers.  There are some interesting wrecks out at sea for experienced scuba divers to explore. 

The charming resort has an old world Victorian appeal.  There is a promenade alongside the beach and a selection of classic seaside town amusements, such as Punch and Judy shows, crazy golf and more.

Facilities at the beach are very good and there is a seasonal lifeguard service.  Deck chairs, pedalos and kayaks can be hired.  As well as toilets/ disabled toilets, there is a first aid point and even a lost child centre.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town



BH19 1LH

OS grid ref.

SZ 0317 7979


Parking available

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Swanage Beach (North) Reviews


Sep 08th 2020

Very disappointed at the area of beach that is dog friendly. We visited in September most of the beach was empty, why can’t more made beach be made accessible to dogs at this time of year. Will not be visiting again nor will a lot of my dog owner friends.

What did we get wrong?