"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Highcliffe Beach

Highcliffe is a popular resort beach on the east Dorset coast, looking out across Christchurch Bay with views of the Isle of Wight to the east. The shingle beach has numerous groynes and a moderate slope, flattening to shallow sandy flats that are exposed when the tide retreats. Behind the beach are cliffs and a shoreline promenade which provides access to the town and to the coast road at the top of the cliff.

Beach type: Shingle and sand

Nearest town: Christchurch

Local authority: Bournemouth Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SZ216930

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Highcliffe Beach

  • Highcliffe Castle (1m)
  • Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (2m)
  • Sammy Miller Museum (Transport) (Sammy Miller Museum Trust) (2m)
  • Burley Villa Riding School (3m)
  • Apple Court (3m)
  • The Clay Studio (4m)
  • Macpennys Woodland Gardens and Nursery (4m)
  • Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre (4m)
  • Christchurch Castle (4m)
  • Braxton Gardens (5m)
  • Artsway (5m)

Tourist Information

Christchurch
Tourist Information Centre
49 High Street
Dorset
England
BH23 1AS

Phone 01202 471 780
Email enquiries@christchurchtourism.info

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Saturday 27 May

06:00


Chance of rain 41%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 7mph.
SE
Pressure 1011
Humidity 89%
UV Index
Air Quality

09:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
SSW
Pressure 1013
Humidity 93%
UV Index
Air Quality

12:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
SW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 88%
UV Index
Air Quality

15:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
SW
Pressure 1016
Humidity 83%
UV Index
Air Quality

18:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SW
Pressure 1016
Humidity 85%
UV Index
Air Quality

21:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
WSW
Pressure 1018
Humidity 91%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
05:52 BST
(04:52 GMT)
High Tide
10:34 BST
(09:34 GMT)
Low Tide
18:15 BST
(17:15 GMT)
High Tide
23:05 BST
(22:05 GMT)

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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Accomodation near Highcliffe Beach

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Tell us what you think about Highcliffe Beach

A very attractive area of coast where breakwaters have created a series of cove-like sand and shingle beaches. Well known for body boarding and swimming. The Cliffhanger Café with toilet facilities is located on the cliff top next to the large car park and offers great views to the Isle of Wight. There is a surfaced wheelchair route from Waterford Road to Chewton Glen. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Groyne H8 and H11 between 1 May and 30 September, but are permitted on the gravel promenade if on a lead. Highcliffe Castle and Highcliffe village are both a short walk away.

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