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Dover Harbour Beach

Dover, Kent

A shingle beach sheltered within the harbour walls. Easily accesible and with seaside facilities such as cafes and parking. There's a regatta on Dover beach on 12th & 13th August.

Beach Type



Toilets (including disabled


Sea canoeing
There is a Water Sports Centre
Equipment hire available
And a designated recreational area within the harbour adjacent to the beach

Nature and Wildlife

The seafront forms part of the White Cliffs Countryside Project which also includes nature trails along the River Dour and the White Cliffs.The Viking cycle route runs along the promenade at Dover. Seals are occasionally sighted within the harbour.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The Harbour Board is responsible for the maintenance of the beach. It is cleaned daily and there are litter bins available. The beach suffers from occasional litter.


Dogs are banned from the beach all year round.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Dover District Council. Tourist Information Office. Dover. CT16 1DD. Tel: 01304 205108.


Nearest town: Dover
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1225, 1.31714
Postcode: CT16 1LA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Dover, Kent at Explore Britain.


From Folkestone. take the A20 into Dover. turn right at the Prince of Wales roundabout and pass over the Swingbridge. Turn left onto the seafront. Parking all along the seafront.

Public Transport

Dover Priory train station is 20 mins walk from the beach. and 15 mins walk from the nearest bus station in the town centre.

Nearest Railway Stations

Dover Priory (Less than a mile away)
Kearsney (Kent) (Approx. 3 miles away)
Martin Mill (Approx. 4 miles away)
Shepherds Well (Approx. 6 miles away)
Walmer (Approx. 6 miles away)

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


There is parking for over 300 cars (including disabled) available for a charge.

Nearby Car Parks

Camden Crescent, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Dover Harbour Board - Dover Cruise Terminal, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Russell Street, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Woolcomber Street, Dover (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Townwall Street, Dover (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Albany Place, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Stembrook, Dover (Short stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Northwall Quay, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Pencester Road, Dover (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Priory Road, Dover (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Dover