Seaham Beach

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 3 beaches at Seaham, 14 beaches in Durham, or check our list of Durham Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Seaham Beach Water Quality

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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 7.3℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 6 m/sec (NW)
Wednesday, Sep 28
Expect a temp in the range 6.7℃ to 7.5℃ with wind speed 5.8 m/sec (NW)
Thursday, Sep 29
Expect a temp in the range 10.8℃ to 11.5℃ with wind speed 7.1 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Sep 30
Expect a temp in the range 7℃ to 7.5℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (WNW)
Saturday, Oct 01
Expect a temp in the range 10℃ to 10.6℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Oct 02
Expect a temp in the range 9.7℃ to 10.2℃ with wind speed 6.9 m/sec (W)
Monday, Oct 03
Expect a temp in the range 9.2℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (W)

Seaham weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Seaham Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Seaham Beach is at Seaham 2.14 km (1.33 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 27 Sep
   High Tide at 03:50 (Height 5.19m)
   Low Tide at 10:19 (Height 0.41m)
   High Tide at 16:17 (Height 5.11m)
   Low Tide at 22:29 (Height 0.83m)
Wed 28 Sep
   High Tide at 04:21 (Height 5.25m)
   Low Tide at 10:52 (Height 0.42m)
   High Tide at 16:50 (Height 5.10m)
   Low Tide at 23:02 (Height 0.82m)
Thu 29 Sep
   High Tide at 04:54 (Height 5.23m)
   Low Tide at 11:27 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 17:26 (Height 5.01m)
   Low Tide at 23:37 (Height 0.91m)
Fri 30 Sep
   High Tide at 05:33 (Height 5.12m)
   Low Tide at 12:04 (Height 0.83m)
   High Tide at 18:05 (Height 4.85m)
Sat 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:14 (Height 1.11m)
   High Tide at 06:19 (Height 4.89m)
   Low Tide at 12:45 (Height 1.24m)
   High Tide at 18:51 (Height 4.61m)
Sun 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:59 (Height 1.42m)
   High Tide at 07:15 (Height 4.58m)
   Low Tide at 13:35 (Height 1.72m)
   High Tide at 19:47 (Height 4.34m)
Mon 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:59 (Height 1.76m)
   High Tide at 08:29 (Height 4.27m)
   Low Tide at 14:46 (Height 2.17m)
   High Tide at 21:00 (Height 4.13m)

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