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Beaches within two hours of Swindon

Best Beaches Within Two Hours of Swindon

When summer rolls around and the temperatures begin to rise, there’s nothing better than taking a trip to the beach to feel the sand between your toes and breathe in that magical sea air! Although Swindon is rather in-land, there are plenty of coastal towns you can visit for the day. Here are our recommendations!

If you’re looking for lush beaches within two hours of Swindon, then you’re in luck. Take your pick from these popular seaside destinations below!

Weston Super Mare

Weston Super Mare

Distance: 1 hour 20 minutes (63 miles) by car, or by train approx. 1 hour 30 mins (changing at Bristol TM).

About: Weston Super Mare is a popular seaside town located to the South West of Bristol. With miles and miles of sandy beach, the huge pier, arcades and lots more, there really is something for everyone here. Weston is ideal for families, and with fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours around every corner, you’re not likely to go hungry either!

Dogs: Not allowed on the main beach, but are at Sandy Bay and quieter areas of Weston

Beach Type and Rating: Sandy, 3.5/5

Parking: There are various car parks near Weston Super Mare beachfront. Click here for more information. Alternatively, Barnes Coaches run coach day trips for just £17!

Click here for directions.

Sandbanks Beach Dorset

Sandbanks Beach

Distance: 1 hour 55 minutes (99 miles) by car

About: Think fine golden sand, beautiful clear waters and real exotic beach vibes on a sunny day. That’s what you’ll get at Sandbanks! It’s a hugely popular beach which stretches approximately 5km long and is dubbed ‘Britain’s Palm Beach’. This highly desirable location offers lovely seaside cafes, a crazy golf course, children’s play areas and lots more.

Dogs: There is a designated dog beach area at Sandbanks. Dogs must be kept on a lead along the promenade.

Beach Type and Rating: Sandy, 5/5

Parking: Sandbanks Surface Car Park is located next to the beach and has 532 spaces.

Click here for directions.

Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach

Distance: 1 hour 45 mins (95 miles) by car, or by train approx. 2 hours 30 mins (changing at Reading & Southampton Central)

About: Bournemouth Beach is a stunning beach that we all know and love, with beautiful golden sand and shallow water, perfect for paddling in! The town also has a popular pier, cliffside walks and plenty of entertainment, food and drink for families, couples and solo travellers alike. Bournemouth is an all-round great beach destination to spend the day, but make sure you get there early as it does get busy quickly!

Dogs: Welcome everywhere from October – April, but between May and September they are only allowed in certain areas. Please check before you visit if you are bringing a dog.

Beach Type and Rating: Sandy, 5/5

Parking: Click here for more information.

Click here for directions.

Barry Island Beach

Whitmore Bay, Barry Island

Distance: 1 hour 43 mins (85 miles) by car, or by train approx. 1 hour 39 mins (change at Cardiff Central)

About: Any Gavin and Stacey fans out there? Barry Island is not only popular as a filming location for the well-known sitcom, but also for its glorious sandy beach! This Welsh beach is a lovely little cove, which tends to be a bit quieter and more secluded than the likes of Bournemouth, but with the addition of the popular pleasure park just off the seafront. There are also plenty of cafes, amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and of course, photo opportunities in the town for G&S fans.

Dogs: Only allowed on the beach during winter months (October – April)

Beach Type and Rating: Sandy, 3./5

Parking: Click here for more information.

Click here for directions. 

Barnes Coaches Swindon

Barnes Coaches

Barnes Coaches are the largest coach operator in the Swindon area.

Woodside Road, South Marston Park, Swindon, SN3 4AQ

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