Find the nearest Blue Flag
Blue Flag beaches , the Blue Flag award is a prestigious, international award scheme that aims to provide an assurance to tourists that a beach has met a minimum standard. To collect a Blue Flag any UK and Ireland beach must achieve the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Below we list the current beaches holding the Blue Flag award.
- Tyrella Beach lies in Dundrum Bay and is a very wide sandy beach about 2 km long with miles of sand dunes and conservation area at its back. It’s a wonderful conservation area and the beach has won the numerous awards. Parking is not close as this is a car free zone but it’s well worth the visit as there is wheelchair access, toilets, safe swimming, great amenities and lifeguard patrols during the summer. Water sports enthusiasts are drawn to the area as are those who enjoy good nature walks and the delights of a perfectly clean beach. There’s a wide choice of accommodation nearby from camping right up to good self catering apartments.
- Cromer beach is sand and shingle sitting within a traditional seaside resort, the beach stretches out either side of the pier. You still have fishing boats launching from the beach in season and these oiffer some excellent fresh crabs. Facilities at the beach include toilets, cafes/restaurants, beach chalet hire and the RNLI Museum.
- Church Bay also known as Porth Swtan, is a small rock/pebble/sand mixed beach, located on the north coast of Anglesey, facing west overlooking Holyhead. The bay is so named Church Bay because of the nearby Llanrhuddlad church which is visible from the sea. Can have some useful surf more suited to bodyboarders and is also a great place for walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife watchers alike. Some good seafood restaurants nearby.
- Whitley Bay beach is a long strip of sand with rocks. Large park behind the beach. Was the East coasts answer to Blackpool due to its close proximate to industrial north In the 1960’s the resort started to struggle when people discovered foreign holidays. Still much a holiday resort that has a night life that attracts hen and stag parties. Facilities include pay and display parking, toilets, cafes, restaurants and promenade.
- West Wittering beach overlooks the Solent and Chichester Harbour and has the South Downs as a beautiful backdrop. This is an excellent family destination with a sandy beach and large grassy area for parking and sunbathing. There are tidal pools which are ideal for children to explore and go crabbing in. Although it is mostly a sandy beach there are patches of shingle and some sand dunes. Back in the 1950s this area of beach and grassland was purchased by locals to protect it from developers. At low tide the ocean runs out giving you about a quarter of a mile of sand backed by some amazing dunes and grassland. This beach is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, while shallow lagoons are left on extensive sandy flats at low tide. The whole area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty. Facilities include toilets, cafe, restaurant, beach huts, deckchair hire, surfboard hire, pay parking and lifeguards in summer months.
- Port Eynon beach is a mile long sand and pebble beach backed by sand dunes on the south-west corner of the Gower peninsula. The sand dunes have boardwalks to help exploring and at low tide you can see the remains of ancient peat beds, the old harbour wall and at the far end of the bay an 18th Century ruin of the old Salt House can be seen. Very popular with all watersports. The beach is backed by the village of Port Eynon that has a car park.
- Torre Abbey is the main Torquay beach on the promenade. A great family sandy beach in the town with some rocky sections to explore. The waters are shallow and safe and popular for watersports. On the other side of the seafront road is a large public green, called Torre Abbey Meadows. Facilities include pay and display parking, promenade, cafe/restaurant, toilets, disabled visitors’ facilities and beach access, deckchair hire, slipway, bowling, tennis, crazy golf, pitch and putt.
- Blackpool Sands is a privately managed beach in a sheltered bay surrounded pines. Unlike the name suggests you actually don’t get sand but fine shingle. Excellent safe family beach. Cafe, shop, lifeguard patrol, bathing raft, toilets and showers, disabled facilities, hire of kayaks, wet suits, snorkels and boogie boards.