British Beaches

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Christchurch - Friars Cliff Beach

Christchurch, Dorset

This sandy beach is an ideal spot for a family trip to the seaside. Beach huts line the promenade and are available for hire. Other facilities include The Beach Hut Café open all year round, toilets with disabled access and showers. This is a designated bathing beach. Car parking is available at Southcliffe Road and Seaway Avenue; both car parks have disabled access routes down to the promenade.

Beach Type



Cafe and beach shop
Deck chair hire
Beach huts available for hire
Toilets incl disabled, showers


Play area for children
Canoe hire
Sea caoneing
Zoning for watersports

Nature and Wildlife

Christchurch Coastal Path - The path runs the full length of the Christchurch coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay. Steamer Point is a 24 acre cliff top designated local nature reserve (LNR) situated next to Friars Cliff.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Manually cleaned by contractor on behalf of Christchurch Borough Council Daily during the summer and at regular intervals in the winter.


Dogs are banned from 1st May to 30th September.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Christchurch Information Centre, 49 High Street Christchurch BH23 1AS Telephone: 01202 471780, Fax: 01202 476816 e‑mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Christchurch
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7314, -1.72792
Postcode: BH23 4GA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From Christchurch on the A35 take the A337 (Lymington Road) at Somerford Roundabout towards Highcliffe. At the next roundabout (Hobourne) take the 3rd exit onto The Runway. Turn left onto Bure Lane; turn right into Seaway Avenue, the car park is at t

Public Transport

Christchurch Train Station. Wilts & Dorset Buses 121, 123 from Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton or Lymington.

Nearest Railway Stations

Hinton Admiral (About a mile and a half away)
Christchurch (Approx. 2 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 4 miles away)
Pokesdown (Approx. 4 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 6 miles away)

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


Pay parking is available for 200 cars, incl disabled.

Nearby Car Parks

Southcliffe Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Steamer Point, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Avon Run Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Avon Beach, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Pipers Drive, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Mudeford Quay, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Stanpit Recreation Ground, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Wortley Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Highcliffe Cliff Top, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Christchurch