Visit the iconic Sandbanks Beach

The award winning and world famous beach. Golden sands & sparkling Blue Flag waters with the best hotels, restaurants & watersports activities in the UK.


Get up early and take a stroll along the famous beach or maybe dive in the crystal clear water for an invigorating morning swim before enjoying breakfast at one of the many cafés or beachside restaurants. There’s all the facilities you’d expect to find at one of the most popular beaches in the country.

Sandbanks beach seabed swimming

Awarded the Blue Flag for 35 years running, no other beach comes close

There’s something here to keep the whole family entertained all day. Perhaps you could challenge the kids to an 18 hole crazy golf competition or rent some paddleboards and glide across the smooth clear waist-height waters of Poole Bay?

Sandbanks Crazy Golf

Enjoy a round of crazy golf with family and friends

Visit the world-famous beach

Sandbanks has one of the UK’s most iconic beaches and the name of the surrounding suburb in Poole, Dorset. Sandbanks Beach is one of the most visited tourist sites in Britain and therefore a Top Tourist Attraction in Dorset.

Ready for watersports at Sandbanks

Sandbanks Beach is a mecha for beach sport enthusiasts

From the moment you step out on the soft, golden sand and look out over the beautiful blue ocean with the Jurassic Coastline as your backdrop, you’ll feel like you’re in heaven! It really is the most beautiful and unique destinations in Britain. Looking out over the Jurassic Coastline and English Channel on the southside of the peninsula and towards Brownsea Island over the Harbour on the other side.

Yachting with the Jurassic Coastline in the distance

Yachting with the Jurassic Coastline as your backdrop

Sandbanks Beach stretches from Canford Cliffs beach at Shore road some one and a half miles westward, incorporating Cubs Beach where it joins to the Sandbanks Ferry linking the Sandbanks peninsula in Poole with Studland on the Isle of Purbeck.

Sandbanks Beach and the peninsula

Sandbanks Beach and the peninsula

The beach is nationally known as one of the finest in the country. And with its proximity to a wide range of hotels and holiday apartments in Poole and Bournemouth, Sandbanks is an ideal location for a seaside holiday or shorter break. The beach has pebble free soft golden sands and breath-taking views over the crystal clear blue water towards the Purbeck hills.

Sandcastles at Sandbanks Beach

Building sandcastles at Sandbanks Beach

You can relax on the beach while the children have fun building sandcastles with their buckets and spades. Lie back and listen to the melodic sounds of the waves as they continuously roll onto the shore and back out again. It’s the perfect seaside family getaway.

Beach volleyball courts Sandbanks Beach

Beach volleyball courts on the sand

If you are more energetic there is space for games and an area set aside for beach volley ball. The facilities adjacent to the beach are second to none, with toilets, restaurants, refreshment kiosks and children’s play facilities all close at hand. As a Blue Flag beach for more than 30 years and safe bathing, Sandbanks is the ideal spot for a family holiday.

Jazz Cafe at Shore Road Sandbanks

Jazz Cafe at Shore Road Sandbanks offering beachside dining and entertainment

If you are in your car there is the main Sandbanks car park within 50 metres of the beach, but there are also regular bus services from Poole and Bournemouth so you can leave your car where you’re staying and have a hassel-free day (and evening) enjoying the beachside entertainment.

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