The 7-mile stretch of sand and dunes that make up Brean beach lies just over two miles down the coast from Weston-super-Mare. It boasts one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe and at low tide a vast expanse of mud flats are exposed. It is however dangerous to walk too far out at low tide and there are warning signs about staying away from the mud flats on the beach.
The beach is popular with walkers, dog walkers and beach sport enthusiasts (both on and off the water).
Access to the beach is easy as there is plenty of parking both next to and literally on the beach in designated areas. Toilets and drinking water are available and there are usually snacks in the form of an ice cream vans and a burger van.
From the beach, Brean Down dominates the skyline. This 97 metre high headland stretches out into the sea, forming a natural pier. The more energetic may enjoy climbing up the down and will be rewarded with excellent views over the Bristol Channel and the Somerset Levels.
The down is also home to a number of interesting archaeological sites. There is evidence of the area having been inhabited in the Stone Age. The remains of a Roman temple have been excavated on the south side of the down whilst the remains of an Iron-Age fort lie on the east side.
At the summit, the remains of a 19th century fort, built to defend against a possible Napoleonic invasion, can be found.
Type of beach
Sand and mud flats
Dogs friendly beach?
- Kite surfing
- Wind surfing
OS grid ref.
ST 2958 5851
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Brean Beach Reviews
What’s this about a bad beach? (Recent reviewer)
DaveAug 12th 2020
The person from Bournemouth’ who said it’s a ‘crap’ beach I assume holidays in Barbados every year.(yes Bournemouth is nice if you like being packed in like sardines in a can) It’s one of the biggest beaches in Europe ‘fact’ and yes there are mud flats further out so just avoid walking out that far in low tide (warning signs anyhow to discourage that kind of thing) parking on the beach is a bonus (saves carrying all the supplies too far) and there’s enough room at low tide for the population of Cornwall and Devon if they want ???? I’m not ‘local’ in the true sense of the world but I’m proud of our beaches here and a great alternative to sitting on the M5 in traffic jams on a sultry August day trying to go down south in my opinion any day of the week.
EmmaAug 03rd 2020
Honestly the worst beach In the whole country! Living in Bournemouth has made me realise how lucky I am to have such gorgeous beaches. Visited today as I use to holiday here as a kid and wow it’s horrible muddy sand tide was coming In surrounded by clay, sea was brown! Sorry but there’s a sign saying “voted number 1 beach in UK “ what crap!! It’s awful cars parked all over it! Nah not good at all
Lovely wide beach
VikkiJul 24th 2020
Very convenient to be able to drive onto the beach. A great place to take the dogs- a wide open beach, lots of space.