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Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth beach offers beautiful sandy beaches, Bournemouth Pier, cliff top walks and stunning views coastal views across to the Isle of Wight. On the edge of Bournemouth’s historic gardens, the beach has a wide range of restaurants, cafés and kiosks and is home to many visitor attractions.

There are beach guidelines to follow so that everyone can enjoy Bournemouth's beaches.


Pier Approach


The closest parking to the beach is at Bath Road South, with Bath Road North nearby. These car parks can get very busy, but there is plenty of additional town centre parking within walking distance.

Public transport

Timetables for buses to Boscombe from morebus.

The nearest train station is Bournemouth (1.6 miles).


Cycling is allowed, but 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.

Cycling is allowed all year round between Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier only.

Facilities at Bournemouth Beach


  • accessible/disabled toilets at Bournemouth Pier, on the east side of the building near the entrance to Bournemouth Pier and next to Harry Ramsden’s Fish & Chip shop
  • wheelchair-friendly land trains
  • a beach accessible wheelchair, available on a first come, first served basis from Boscombe beach office, between May and September, from 9:30am to 4:30pm (refundable £50 cash deposit required).


From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed on Bournemouth beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade, paths and zig zags at all times. The nearest year-round dog friendly beach area is from the Western side of the Alum Chine Beach Office to Branksome Dene Chine, Poole. Remember to pick up after your dog.


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

You can have a disposable barbecue on Bournemouth beaches 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.

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 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 Bournemouth’s official tourism website for activities in the area.

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