Burnham-on-Sea Beach (Main Beach)

  • Burnham-on-Sea Beach - Somerset
    © Chris Leather (Somerset Guide)
  • Burnham-on-Sea Beach - Somerset
    © Steve Fareham and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • 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?

    Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st to September 30th

    Somerset dog friendly beaches »


    • Amusement arcade
    • Donkey rides
    • Jet-skiing
    • Sailing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • Town centre nearby
    • Shop
    • Pub nearby
    • Slipway
    • Promenade
    • Pier

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    ST 3033 4918

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    Burnham-on-Sea Beach Reviews

    Brilliant sandy beaches

    Nov 10th 2019

    I have lived by the sea in quite a few towns around England but the stretch of beach between Burnham on Sea/Berrow/Brean has to be the best 7 miles for any dog to walk along.  Yes you do have to be aware of the mud and keep away from it but the beach itself is lovely and sandy, is flat and stretches for miles.  It does have restrictions on it during the summer but there are still plenty of areas to walk along, you just have to read the signs.

    Jul 03rd 2019

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

    Mud mud and more sticky sinking mud!! AVOID!

    Aug 04th 2022

    The title says it all! This was quite dangerous actually as you just sunk in the mud and nothing prepares you for this shock. Dirty and muddy, thank god we just got some yummy fish n chips and cheered ourselves up!

    Burnham on Mud

    May 21st 2020

    We travelled here to exercise today, and arrived in the afternoon just before low tide. The sand was full of mud; what I thought were sand flats were just mud flats. My toddler luckily got stuck up to the ankles before he could get dangerously deep! But there was no access whatsoever to any sea - it wasn’t even visible, just miles and miles of soggy mud. To be fair we enjoyed the sun and our boy made a lot of (muddy) sandcastles, but the mud on our feet and shoes wouldn’t wash off - required soap and hot water when we got home. I think we’ll be looking for something less muddy next time we drive to a beach.