British Beaches

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Bournemouth - Southbourne Beach

Bournemouth, Bournemouth

Bournemouth ranks as one of the most popular resorts on the south coast of England. It has much to offer any holiday maker, and the town boasts a range of attractions and facilities to cater for nearly every taste.

Beach Type

Sand & Shingle


There are many excellent facilities available along Bournemouth's beaches
These include toilets with access for disabled visitors; first aid posts
Lost children centres and information offices
Pubs; cafes; kiosks and restaurants serve drinks


Swimming (watercraft free zones at certain beaches)
Sailing; fishing; surfing; canoeing; jet skiing; windsurfing; power boating; pedalo hire; beach hut hire and water skiing
Areas of the beach have been zoned as No Smoking
Kidzone and Canzone recycling

Nature and Wildlife

A three kilometre undercliff walk leads from Fisherman's Walk east to Hengistbury Head. The seafront promenade is 10km long stretching from Southbourne to Alum Chine and then on to Sandbanks. A cycle route has been introduced along the promenade.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily during the summer. weekly out of season. Areas of the beach have been designated glass free and can recycling bins are provided. although they are banned from certain areas.


Dogs are allowed on parts of the beach throughout the year.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Bournemouth Visitor Information Bureau Westover Road Bournemouth BH1 2BU Tel. 0906 802 0234 E-mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Bournemouth
County: Bournemouth
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7197, -1.79032
Postcode: BH6 4AY
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Follow signs to Bournemouth. along the A338 from Ringwood and the A35 from Poole. When in Bournemouth follow the signs for Durley Chine, Bournemouth Pier and Beaches or Fishermans Walk / Southbourne Beaches.

Public Transport

Bournemouth coach and train station is linked to the town centre and all of the beaches by yellow buses. Once at the seafront a land train service operates along the promenade between Hengistbury Head and Alum Chine. stopping at all beaches.

Nearest Railway Stations

Christchurch (About a mile and a half away)
Pokesdown (About a mile and a half away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 3 miles away)
Hinton Admiral (Approx. 4 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Various pay and display carparks including the Undercliff Car Park on the beach with access at Boscombe Pier.

Nearby Car Parks

Warren Edge, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Southbourne Crossroads, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Solent Beach, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Tuckton Bridge, Wick (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth (Long stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Willow Way, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Mayors Mead, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Christchurch Quay, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Priory, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Wick Lane, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bournemouth