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Sandbanks

Considered one of the best beaches in Britain, Sandbanks has won the prestigious Blue Flag award more than any other UK resort. The beach has soft, golden sands and breath-taking views.

There are beach guidelines to follow so that everyone can enjoy beaches in Poole. 

Address  

Banks Road
Poole
BH13 7QQ   

Parking  

Sandbanks car park has 550 spaces, with 5 disabled parking bays. There is also harbourside pay and display parking along Banks Road. On hot days the car park fills up fast, so consider alternative ways of travel.

Public transport

Timetables for buses to Sandbanks from morebus.

The nearest train stations to Sandbanks are Parkstone (2.6 miles), Poole (2.9 miles) and Branksome (3 miles).  

Cycling  

There's little space for cycling at Sandbanks and there’s a long break in the promenade between Sandbanks and Shore Road. 

Pedestrians have priority, keep your speed below 10mph and follow seasonal restrictions in place for July and August on seafront promenades and paths to avoid on-the-spot fines. 

Facilities at Sandbanks

  • cafe and kiosk
  • mini golf
  • public toilets, including accessible/disabled
  • drinking water
  • showers
  • children's play area
  • volleyball nets (seasonal)
  • RNLI lifeguards April to September, 10am to 6pm

Accessibility 

The beach can be reached by ramp.

A beach accessible wheelchair is available on a first come, first served basis from Sandbanks beach office between May and September from 9:30am to 4:30pm (refundable £50 cash deposit required).

Mobi-Mat beach access matting in place from May to September.

Dogs 

There is a designated all year-round dog friendly beach area at the western end of Sandbanks beach to Haven Point (near the chain ferry).    

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed on Sandbanks main beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade and paths.  Remember to pick up after your dog. 

Barbecues 

You can have a disposable barbecue between 6pm and 10:30pm, read the barbecue guide before you plan one.

Douse disposable barbecues with water after use and leave them next to the rubbish bins on the promenade for our beach cleansing team to collect once they have cooled down. Please dispose of all other rubbish in the bins provided.  

Electric barbecues are available from 10am to 10pm on a first come, first served basis. For locations check our user guide.  

Open fires

Open fires are not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to light an open fire. 

Camping

Camping is not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to camp anywhere along the seafront. 

Visit Poole Tourism for activities in the area.