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Best beaches in Dorset

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Dorset as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Dorset is Bournemouth. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Dorset just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Bournemouth Beach (Pier)

    Bournemouth Beach (Pier)

    Bournemouth's main beach has been catering for beach-goers since Victorian times, yet remains one of Britain's favourite beaches. It is easy to see the attraction; a huge swathe of fine golden sand set on the doorstep of this vibrant coastal resort…

  • 2. Chesil Cove

    Chesil Cove

    Chesil Cove is the southern extremity of the twenty-nine kilometer pebble bank known as Chesil Beach. The Cove is very popular with scuba divers, especially those with less experience, as the waters are shallow, with little tidal current. Also popular…

  • 3. Weymouth Beach

    Weymouth Beach

    Weymouth Beach is a curving arc of golden sand adjacent to the town centre, with Weymouth pier at the southern end. The safe, shallow waters are ideal for swimming, and a range of other activities are on offer during summer, from donkey rides to…

  • 4. Lulworth Cove

    Lulworth Cove

    Lulworth Cove is a very sheltered pebble beach in a remarkable, horse-shoe shaped cove, formed ten thousand years ago by erosion from the sea. There is ample parking, a cafe, toilets and boat trips in summer to Durdle Door and Mupe Bay.

  • 5. Canford Cliffs Beach (Poole)

    Canford Cliffs Beach (Poole)

    One of Poole's more tranquil beaches. Wide and sandy, with toilets and an ice cream kiosk. Village shops half a mile away.

  • 6. Cobb Beach (Lyme Regis)

    Cobb Beach (Lyme Regis)

    Lyme Regis' picturesque harbour dates back to the fourteenth century. Known as The Cobb, it contains a small, sandy beach sheltered by a curving harbour wall, famously used in the opening shot of the film 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. Access…

  • 7. Swanage Beach (North)

    Swanage Beach (North)

    The safe sheltered bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side. The gently sloping sands form a good 2km family beach with a promenade, providing all the facilities of a small seaside resort.

  • 8. Ringstead Bay

    Ringstead Bay

    700 yards of shingle beach, once used by smugglers, and overlooked by unspoilt farmland and cliffs. The beach is quite a walk down hill from a National Trust car park.

  • 9. Fishermans Walk Beach (Bournemouth)

    Fishermans Walk Beach (Bournemouth)

    A stretch of beach popular with locals, Fishermans Walk is located between Southbourne and Boscombe. Mostly sand, with some shingle, the beach has safe swimming, deckchair hire, beach huts and a cafe. Accessed from Southbourne Overcliffe Drive.

  • 10. Seatown Beach

    Seatown Beach

    Seatown is a coastal hamlet with a privately-owned beach, just east of Golden Cap, the highest point on England's south coast. The shelving shingle beach is open to the public and popular with fossil collectors, fishermen and families alike.