Seaham Beach, Durham


Seaham Beach is a long stretch of sand sitting beneath grassy cliffs and is part of the Durham Heritage Coast. The beach is also referred to as Seaham North beach as it runs north away from the town itself.

Until 1921, Seaham was the location of the largest glass-bottle works in Britain. Founded by John Candlish in 1853, under the patronage of the 4th Marquess of Londonderry. During the works operation glass waste was dumped into sea, and now with every tide sand-polished glass stones can be gathered.

You have parking at various positions along the seafront and facilities include toilets, picnic area and pub.

As you move towards the harbour and Red Acre Beach you get the main part of the town with a selection of places to eat.

The beach is often used for sea angling competitions along with the North pier of the harbour.

Seaham Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year. Seaham Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Seaham, 14 beaches in Durham, or check our list of Durham Dog Friendly Beaches.

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  • Good: generally good water quality
  • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Our weather forecast for Seaham in Durham

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Our tide forecast for Seaham Beach in Durham.

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2 Reviews on “Seaham Beach, Durham”

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  • A beach of secrets, that everyone knows about…
    Seaham beach is one of those places that has the look of an old fashioned Victorian resort but has a hidden secret, the sea glass. I spent a few hours chatting with some American tourists while walking the beach and found out how it is a kind of Mecca for sea glass hunters from all over. This group had travelled from California just for the chance of finding their own “multi” which was something I hadn’t heard of, but learnt was something almost unique to Seaham due to the presence of a bottleworks in the late Victorian era. In fact we found several and I was hooked. By the end of the afternoon we’d found around a hundred pieces in total, and they were so excited that i gace them my pieces as a thank you for sharing this information. a special place…
    When i’d finished I went to the Lookout at the Marina and discovered a cabinet of Sea Glass jewellery from a local maker, Peblsrock. These pieces were remarkable and i decided to buy some earrings as a surprise for my girlfriend. A really fruitful day out. If you also take in the statue of Tommy on the promenade and try some really good fish and chips opposite, you would have had a great day out. I must return again soon and see what else i can find.

  • Best 2 beach’s in north east.
    The Sandy beach is brill. got a lovely gentle slope. plenty of space. fine sand and protected by the walled bay. that’s were all the guys n girls fish loads. perfect for familys or couples. got a great cafe. ice cream area. plus much more try it this summer you won’t be let dowdown.

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