The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Somerset

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

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

  • Minehead Beach (Terminus) © Robert Powell | BY-SA

    1. Minehead Beach (Terminus)

    Minehead's north-facing sand and shingle beach was almost completely washed away in 1990 by a violent storm. A multimillion pound project to replace the beach and the sea wall was completed in 2001. Good for swimming, kite-surfing and…

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  • Middle Hope Beach © Dr Duncan Pepper | BY-SA

    2. Middle Hope Beach

    Just north of Weston-Super-Mare is the peninsula of Sand Point - a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a world away from the donkey rides and pier. To the south is Sand Bay whilst on the northern side is the little sand and shingle…

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  • Brean Beach © William | BY-SA

    3. Brean Beach

    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.…

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  • Glenthorne Beach © Roger Cornfoot | BY-SA

    4. Glenthorne Beach

    Situated on the Devon / Somerset border on the Exmoor Coast is the oft deserted beach of Glenthorne. In fact it is more common for the beach to be empty than not. Set at the bottom of high wooded cliffs Glenthorne Beach was once part of…

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  • Sand Bay © Tom Pennington | BY-SA

    5. Sand Bay

    A large and relatively wild beach with good views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. Popular with dog walkers. Sparse amenities, apart from a few local food outlets and a free car park. Between Weston Woods and the National Trust…

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  • Burnham-on-Sea Beach (Jetty) © Chris Talbot | BY-SA

    6. Burnham-on-Sea Beach (Jetty)

    The Victorian resort of Burnham offers traditional seaside facilities and entertainments. The resort has a short, elegant pier featuring a cafĂ© and a variety of amusements. The continuous stretch of sand alongside the resorts of Burnham,…

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  • Weston-super-Mare Beach (Main) © Chris Talbot | BY-SA

    7. Weston-super-Mare Beach (Main)

    Weston-super-Mare has everything you'd expect from an archetypal Victorian English seaside resort, including a pier, a promenade, donkey rides, fish and chips shops, amusements galore and a vast stretch of fine golden sand. The main beach…

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  • Kilve Beach © Bob Jones | BY-SA

    8. Kilve Beach

    The beach of Kilve lies about halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater in the heart of the Quantocks. The shoreline is mostly rocky with plenty of rockpools to explore towards low tide. One of the best features of Kilve beach is the large…

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  • Dunster (North) Beach © Phil Champion | BY-SA

    9. Dunster (North) Beach

    This wide, sand and pebble beach is backed by a golf course and holiday village. From the beach there are views along Blue Anchor Bay and out across the Bristol Channel towards the South Wales coastline. Located on the edge of Exmoor this…

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  • Brean (South) Beach © William | BY-SA

    10. Brean (South) Beach

    Brean (South) is part of a six mile beach said to be the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. Sand dunes, horse riding and a marshland that attracts many different types of seabird. Beware dangerous mud flats at low tide. Vehicles…

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