Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay - Isle of Wight
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The beach at Freshwater Bay is set in a dip between chalky cliffs. To the west these cliffs form the famous Needles Headland and Tennyson Downs .

The sand and pebble beach is fairly popular but copes well, with plenty of space and facilities. There is also a large car park and an esplanade.

The local independent lifeboat operates from Freshwater Bay.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on these beaches between 1 May and 30 September. This does not include registered assistance dogs.

Isle of Wight dog friendly beaches »


  • Amusement arcade
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Promenade

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SZ 3473 8569

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