General information

Branksome Chine offers an excellent seafront restaurant and bar, while there are beach huts for hire as well. Dogs are allowed outside of peak season, so you can take the whole family away during the cooler months. As with all the best beach holidays, the sands at Branksome Chine are safe, with a shallow, gentle incline and calm tides, making it ideal for family beach holidays.

Major attractions

On the beach, there are a range of amusement arcades, fine restaurants, and attractively laid out public gardens. Poole is often thought of as the best beach in the UK for mixing city break attractions and superb sands. The town offers visitors plenty to do, with the gorgeous gardens at Compton Acres, a fascinating herb garden and museum at Scaplen's Court, and the brilliant Lighthouse Arts Centre. Self-catering beach cottages in Poole also provide access to the Dorset coast and countryside. Take in the wonderful nature reserve at Brownsea Island, see Lulworth Castle, or wander around attractive old towns like Swanage - all within a short drive of Branksome Chine. Nearby, there is also an excellent bowling alley, cinema and plenty of superb seaside pubs serving hearty local dishes - making Branksome Chine fun for all the family.


Branksome Chine is a flat, sandy beach, making it ideal for a group beach activity like football, cricket or volleyball. The seas are safe, and are a great place to snorkel and swim, while there are windsurfing facilities as well. Then there are the usual joys of beach holidays in England - fresh air, sandcastles, English country cottages and delicious picnics. Couples can snuggle up in local pubs, and kids will love the mini golf course at Sandbanks. There is kite surfing available at nearby Shore Road Beach, while you can also just relax in the tranquility of your own beach hut, for a small fee. Branksome Chine Beach offers everything that you would expect from a beautiful beach in England - fine food, great sands, safe waters, and the warm climate of southern England.

When to visit

The UK offers many fine places that are ideal for a wonderful beach holiday. Branksome Chine is one of the best, especially when you visit between May and September when the weather really heats up. Nearby Poole is a lively town, with music festivals and plenty to do out of season too, so the beautiful coast near Branksome will also reward winter visits.

How to reach

Branksome is one of the easiest beach holiday destinations to reach. Those arriving from London can catch a train from London Waterloo to Poole, which leaves them a short walk or cab from Branksome Chine. The journey will only take a couple of hours. An airport shuttle operates between Poole and Bournemouth airport,while a cheaper alternative is to catch a coach. Motorists can get easy access via the M3.

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