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East Cliff Beach Bournemouth

East Cliff beach along with its neighbour West Cliff Beach form the two  primary Bournemouth beaches. It occupies the beach strand from just east of Bournemouth Pier up to Boscombe pier.

East Cliff Beach
East Cliff beach unusually empty on a stormy day in Summer

East Cliff Beach is about 1.5 miles in length. It is without doubt one of the cleanest and best cared for beaches in the country. The beach (unsurprisingly) lies at the base of Bournemouth East Cliff. Above the beach, at the top of the cliff are a row of good quality hotels, mainly catering for family holidays. The beach is comprised of fine cream coloured sand and is about 60 meters wide. There is a promenade directly at the back of the beach along with an access road called the Undercliff Drive. Bournemouth council has a row of beach huts along Undercliff Drive that can be hired on a daily basis ( no overnight sleeping allowed).


Beach access is mainly from either from the Bournemouth Pier end or via the East Cliff Zig Zag. There is also a rather scenic cliff lift that runs from 09:15am through to 17:30 in the summer (Schedule and prices are available on On This Link.) Lifeguards patrol the beach. They also administer a wrist band scheme for children, known as KidZone. KidZone has been highly successful in dealing with lost children on the crowded beach.

East Cliff Beach cliffs
Looking back at the cliffs at the back of East Clff beach

East Cliff beach has many facilities. There are plenty of toilets, ice cream sellers and fast food outlets. There is also a Harry Ramsdens and a pub. You can also hire deck chairs and wind breaks. Because it is such a nice beach and because it is so easy to get to, East Cliff Beach is the most popular beach in Bournemouth.  In summer the beach will get crowded. But that is the price you pay for all the facilities and the attention paid to the beach by the council.

Parking for East Cliff Beach

Parking is readily available,  especially if you are willing to walk a few hundred yards. The nearest car park is less than a hundred yards from the beach but  fills very quickly. More detailed information on available parking can be found On This Link