Best Beaches In County Durham

We've rounded up the best beaches in County Durham in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 18 County Durham beaches to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the beaches we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Hartlepool
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast The coastline between Seaham and Blackhall is accessible at a number of points, notably at Seaham in the north, E...

Donkey Rides at Seaton Carew Beach

  • Hartlepool
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Adorable donkeys and a day on the beach? Yee-haw! Seaside rides have returned to Seaton Carew beach after a quarter of a century, with a helping hand...

Longsands Beach

  • Tynemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Longsands Beach sand is golden and the swimming is good, with lifeguard cover from May to September. It's now a popular surfing spot with locals and...

Crab & Compass : Whitley Whale Coastal Trail

  • Whitley Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Wanting to take the kids out and get exploring? Take your little ones on a self guided tour with Crab and Compass, perfect for those wanting to creat...

Whitley Bay South Beach

  • Whitley Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Whitley Bay South Beach The charming town of Whitley Bay features a truly old fashioned style sea front with it's elderly dome, family fairground sit...

Seaton Sluice Beach

  • Whitley Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for dog friendly beaches in Northamptonshire? Head down to Seaton Sluice beach, also known as Collywell Bay, a sandy beach that’s perfect for...

Blyth Beach

  • Blyth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Got little explorers? Head down to Blyth Beach in West Sussex, a brilliant sandy beach that’s great for a little splash about in the sea.  Don’t forg...

Saltburn Beach

  • Redcar
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Saltburn beach really has it all! A great sandy and shingled beach where you can paddle under the watchful eye of a lifeguard and one with a little s...

Staithes Beach

  • Staithes
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a pretty beach to take the whole family to? Staithes Beach in Yorkshire is set in a photographic fishing village location, and it’s sandy...

Cresswell Beach

  • Morpeth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach in Northumberland? Cresswell Beach stretches out for a and at low tide the sand seems to go on for forever - perfect...

Whitby West Cliff Beach

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

There are several shallow laying shipwrecks off the coast for divers to explore, lots of traditional amusements, including a summer theatre, and a mu...

Port Mulgrave Beach

  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Do you love a good beach with history? Port Mulgrave in Yorkshire is surrounded in history, quite literally, as there’s loads of fossils around to fi...

Runswick Bay

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Runswick Bay Because it is sheltered by the lofty crag of Lingrow Knowle, the bay is a tranquil spot where you can moor a boat or simply pitch a deck...

Sandsend Beach

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a picturesque beach for your next day out, then Sandsend beach is definitely the one you’re after. The best thing about Sandsen...

Amble Links Beach

  • Amble
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The finest sands are toward Hauzley to the south of the harbour, which offers a great view of Coquet Island and its working lighthouse.  Coquet is ma...

Whitby Beach

  • Whitby
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach near Yorkshire? Well head down to Whitby, where you’ll find Tate Hill - plus this beach allows dogs all year round, s...

Warkworth Beach

  • Morpeth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Warkworth Beach in Northumberland, a long sandy beach that’s perfect for little explorers to explore the seaside.  You’ll be met with a...

Alnmouth Beach

  • Alnwick
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great dog-friendly beach in Northumberland? Explore the wonderful sandy shores of Alnmouth Beach, great for a scenic family walk with t...

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