The Beach Guide

Burnham-on-Sea Beach (Main Beach)

Burnham-on-Sea Beach - Somerset

© Chris Leather (Somerset Guide)

Burnham-on-Sea is one of Somerset's classic seaside resorts due to the exceptional stretch of beach here. Complete with promenade lined with Victorian and Edwardian guest houses Burnham was originally envisaged as a rival to nearby Weston-super-Mare.
A hundred years on, and whilst Burnham-on-Sea might have lost that competition it is all the better for it.

These days the beach is lively enough in the summer and retains much of its traditional charms - right down to donkey rides on the beach.

Burnham-on-Sea is also home to Britain's shortest pier. Built in 1911 and measuring just over 100 ft (37 m) it is basically just a pier end pavilion, but at the start of the pier!

Also known as:

Main Beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force

Dogs are banned from this section of the beach all year round

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Pier

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    ST 3033 4911

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    Burnham-on-Sea Beach Reviews

    Jul 03rd 2019

    Just thick mud between the sand and water! Not a fan

    What did we get wrong?