Mudeford Sandbank in Dorset is an isolated spit that forms part of Hengistbury Head, and is among the most peaceful and picturesque beach holiday destinations within the UK. Famed for its views of Christchurch Harbour and its luxurious beach huts, Mudeford Sandbank gives holidaymakers a true taste of the English seaside and provides a fantastic destination for family beach holidays.

General information

Pets are welcome and Mudeford Sandbank is a dog-friendly beach all year round. Unfortunately, there are no car parks close to the beach; however, Mudeford Sandbank can be accessed either by foot, bicycle, land train, or ferry’ making this stretch of coast easily accessible for the elderly and less mobile. Mudeford Sandbank is split into two sections, with the harbour side of the spit offering a range of watersports, and the seaward side recommended for bathing and relaxing.

Major attractions

There are a wealth of exciting and educational activities offered on the beach and in the surrounding area. Among the many attractions are the historic beach huts, which have been given the status of residential beach cottages. These quaint and nostalgic huts are a great place to stay for you and your family. Accommodation on Mudeford Sandbank will also give you easy access to a wide variety of wildlife and natural habitats, including a number of important archaeological sites such as Badbury Rings and Dudsbury Camp. Mudeford Sandbank is also among the best beaches in England for aquatic life and, thanks to its excellent water quality, the beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended. The sand is cleaned daily and this stretch of coast is the perfect destination for a quiet and relaxing break within the UK


Weekends breaks in Mudeford Sandbank, Dorset, offer a huge range of activities for people of all ages. Try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, water skiing and wind surfing among many other exciting water sports. The harbour at Mudeford Sandbank offers everything you may need for boating and fishing trips. During the summer there are a number of guided tours and walks of fascinating historical attractions that give visitors a glimpse into the ancient history of this coastline, and allow people of all ages to appreciate the cultural depth of the region as a whole.

When to visit

The best time to visit Mudeford Sandbank is during the summer when temperatures can sometimes rise above 30 degrees. However, the landscape and history of the region is fascinating all year round and, like many beach holidays in the UK, watersports and other activities are available throughout the year.

How to reach

Getting to Mudeford Sandbank in Dorset from Hengistbury Head is simple by foot, bicycle, or land train when you use the car parks at Broadway, Southbourne, or Bournemouth. Another possibility is to drive Mudeford Quay or Christchurch Quay and take the regular ferry that joins these small towns. Once on the beach, yellow bus number 123 serves the area and helps visitors to explore this beautiful stretch of coast.

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