Preston Beach (Weymouth)

Preston Beach (Weymouth) - Dorset
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This is a shingle beach which stretches from Greenhill to Bowleaze Cove, a short distance from Weymouth. The waters here are relatively shallow and a reef lies quite close to the shore.  The beach offers some good fishing and is popular with sea anglers and dog walkers.  It is much less busy than many of Weymouth’s other beaches.

RSPB Lodmoor is located just behind the beach.  The reed beds, salt marshes and wet grasslands of the reserve attract a wide range of birdlife including one of the largest tern colonies in the south-west.  A nature trail leads visitors through the reserve.

A wide choice of facilities and amusements can be found around Weymouth Central Beach further down the coast.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on the main sections of Weymouth Central or Lodmoor between 1st May and 30th September.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Beach hut hire
  • Slipway
  • Promenade

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SY 6888 8077


There is parking for 3.000 cars at the beach. including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Preston Beach (Weymouth) Reviews

Good for swimming

Sue Davis
Jul 29th 2020

One of the many good features is that this is a good place to swim. It’s pretty safe and you don’t have to walk too far to be in water deep enough to swim in.

Beach Life

Su Baudrey
Jul 28th 2021

If you ignore the holiday complex the beach itself is nice and quiet. When the tide is low there is a strip of sand. I love walking my dog there. You can also walk up on the cliffs with access directly from end of beach.