Top 10 Dorset Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Dorset beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

   1. Branscombe Mouth Beach
   2. Manor Steps Beach
   3. Bournemouth Pier Beach
   4. Weymouth Beach
   5. Swanage Bay Beach
   6. Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach
   7. Chesil Bank Beach
   8. Durdle Door Beach
   9. Lulworth Cove Beach
   10. Mudeford Sandbanks Beach

  • 1. Branscombe Mouth Beach, Beer

    Branscombe village straggles along narrow roads down steep-sided valleys, terminating at a Branscombe Mouth beach. This shingle beach with rock pools forms part of the East Devon and Dorset Jurassi...
    For more details visit our Branscombe Mouth Beach page
  • Branscombe Mouth Beach.
  • 2. Manor Steps Beach, Bournemouth

    The sandy beach is to the East of Boscombe Pier. Named after the zig-zag path and steps leading down from the cliff above....
    For more details visit our Manor Steps Beach page
  • Manor Steps Beach.
  • 3. Bournemouth Pier Beach, Bournemouth

    Bournemouth beach by the pier is an all round good family sandy beach. It has all levels of entertainment and facilities. Some good surfing by the Pier but often very crowded....
    For more details visit our Bournemouth Pier Beach page
  • Bournemouth Pier Beach.
  • 4. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth

    Weymouth beach with its golden sands is one of the best family beaches along the South Coast. The long curving bay makes Weymouth Dorset's main holiday town. The main beach is within the town bunda...
    For more details visit our Weymouth Beach page
  • Weymouth Beach.
  • 5. Swanage Bay Beach, Swanage

    Swanage bay has a gentle shelving beach that runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions. On a clear day it is possible to see all the way over to...
    For more details visit our Swanage Bay Beach page
  • Swanage Bay Beach.
  • 6. Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach, Swanage

    Studland Beach & Nature Reserve has three miles of beaches (Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach) are owned by the National Trust.  Wide sandy beaches great for s...
    For more details visit our Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach page
  • Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach.
  • 7. Chesil Bank Beach, Weymouth

    Chesil Bank is not a beach to laze around playing in the sand. It is around 18 miles long shingle and pebbles separated from the mainland by the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. This marks the southe...
    For more details visit our Chesil Bank Beach page
  • Chesil Bank Beach.
  • 8. Durdle Door Beach, West Lulworth

    Durdle Door beach is named after the natural arch that reaches out into the sea. The arch is one of Dorsets most cherished beauty spots a 30(ish) minute walk from Lulworth Cove or 15(ish) m...
    For more details visit our Durdle Door Beach page
  • Durdle Door Beach.
  • 9. Lulworth Cove Beach, West Lulworth

    Lulworth Cove is within the Natural World Heritage Coastline. It has a horse shoe beach which is a mix of sand and pebbles. The cove is surrounded by high cliffs (135m, 440ft) and this area of the ...
    For more details visit our Lulworth Cove Beach page
  • Lulworth Cove Beach.
  • 10. Mudeford Sandbanks Beach, Christchurch

    A sandy beach at the tip of Hengistbury Head. Swimmers, paddlers and watersports are segregated on designated areas between numbered groynes. The collection of 300 plus wooden beach chalets...
    For more details visit our Mudeford Sandbanks Beach page
  • Mudeford Sandbanks Beach.

In addition to our top beaches, Dorset has 10 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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Dorset is in the South West of England on the English Channel coast and is famous for the amazing stretches of fine, sandy beaches and varied shorelines that yield up such treasures as the Jurassic Coast!

There are wide chalk downs here as well as low valleys and beautiful coves and islands. Ports at Portland, Poole and Weymouth as well as an international airport, make it easy to reach and there is a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget.

There are many historic houses, theatres, art galleries, shopping towns, festivals and events and 185 million years of earth's history in the ninety five miles of coastline making up the Jurassic Coast - a great spot for fossil hunting and beach combing!

If you love walking, Dorset is for you. In fact, cyclists, hikers, climbers, holiday makers, travellers, students, kite flyers, peace seekers, windsurfers, anglers, golf enthusiasts and horse riders rate Dorset as one the United Kingdom's best holiday spots!

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