Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Shore Road

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Fine, golden sand, a gently sloping beach and clean, safe water make Shore Road an ideal place to visit. This Blue Flag beach is also known for wind and kite surfing.

There are beach guidelines to follow so that everyone can enjoy Poole's beaches.

Shore Road car park has 71 spaces. There’s also a disabled car park nearby with 12 spaces and harbourside pay and display parking along Banks Road. On hot days the car parks fill up fast, so consider alternative ways of travel.

Timetables for buses to Shore Road from morebus.

The nearest train stations to the beach are Parkstone (2 miles), Poole (2.2 miles) and Branksome (2.8 miles).

Cycling is allowed, but pedestrians have priority. Keep your speed below 10mph and follow seasonal restrictions in place for July and August on seafront promenades and paths to avoid on-the-spot fines.

  • public toilets, including accessible/disabled and baby change
  • drinking water
  • ice cream kiosks and cafe
  • water sports equipment hire and lessons
  • sailing vessel parking - apply for a parking permit
  • RNLI lifeguards end of May to beginning of September, 10am to 6pm
  • seasonal beach office.

You can reach Shore Road beach by ramp.

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed on Shore Road beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade, paths and zig zags at all times. Find the nearest year-round dog friendly beach and remember to pick up after your dog.

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Venue/Contact Details
Shore Road
BH13 7LP
Area coverage
BCP Area
See Journey Planner on right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
  • Refreshment / Snacks
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
The play area is an open facility but may shut at dusk, please visit the website for more information.
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
It is free to use this beach.