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Poole - Shore Road. Sandbanks Beach

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This is a narrow beach with a promenade. There are scenic views across the harbour to Brownsea Island and Purbeck Hills, providing an excellent backdrop for sunsets. Shore Road beach is popular with a continental feel due to its Mediterranean style café.

Beach Type



Toilets available; facilities for disabled people and baby changing
Hotels and a pub nearby


Jet ski area

Nature and Wildlife

For further information on local walks contact the local Tourist Information Centre.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily during the summer.


Dogs not allowed on main beach from 1st May - 30th Sept.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Poole welcome centre. Enefco house. Poole Quay. Poole. Dorset. BH15 1HJ. [email protected] tel: 01202 253253


Nearest town: Poole
County: Poole
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6938, -1.92779
Postcode: BH13 7PS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Follow the B3369 from the civic centre of Poole; well signposted from minor roads. Disabled access to the promenade.

Public Transport

The nearest train station is Branksome though trains run more regularly to Poole. From Poole train station it is a short walk to the bus station where there is a bus to Sandbanks. the neighbouring beach to Shore Road.

Nearest Railway Stations

Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 2 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 3 miles away)
Poole (Approx. 3 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 4 miles away)
Hamworthy (Approx. 5 miles away)

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


Spaces for 350 cars on the promenade.

Nearby Car Parks

Shore Road, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Sandbanks, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Western Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Beach Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Ferry Way, Sandbanks (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Salterns Way, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Branksome Dene Chine, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Shell Bay, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Poole