view across the sea toward the village of seaham on a cliff

Seaham Beaches you need to visit

Seaham, UK is located along the Durham heritage coastline and is the perfect place for a family holiday in the North East. It’s a lovely seaside town offering a wealth of kid friendly activities and some great opportunities to jump in waves and build some sandcastles. Here are some Seaham beaches you need to visit on your next trip.

view of harbour walls at seaham harbour beach

Slope Beach

Located in the Harbour at Seaham, slope beach is hugely popular with tourists and locals a like. This small stretch of sand can be found right at the bottom of town and is easy to get to with kids being well served by the harbour carparks.

This beach is shallow and well protected by the harbour walls making it perfect for little ones who want to have a splash in some calm, shallow waves.

sandy beach with harbour walls in the back ground

It’s also a very popular spot for sea swimming and water sports. We saw plenty of people wet suit clad heading out into the water or carrying in paddle boards hired from the harbour.

This is also a great spot to see the famous black and white Seaham lighthouse.

view across a blue sea to the harbour wall at seaham marina with a black and white lighthouse in the distance

Dogs on Slope Beach

Our dog had a great time on Slope beach. She happily splashed around in the waves and we managed to find a quiet spot to trow sticks. This is a busy beach and very popular with little kids. Please make sure you clean up after them. There are bins all over the harbour.

Parking for Slope Beach

You’ll find lots of parking in the harbour area of Seaham. Just head into town and follow the signs. Be careful heading down towards the harbour it’s a bit narrow and steep. If you can’t find a space in the first carpark keep going and you’ll find another one directly in front of the beach. Use the postcode SR7 7EE to get you there.

If you don’t fancy the drive down to the harbour then there’s plenty of parking in town, it’s then a short but steep walk down to the beach.

Facilities at Slope Beach

The harbour is probably the best of the Seaham beaches for facilities. The marina area has a row of little shops, ice cream stores and and restaurants. You’ll be able to pick up whatever you need. There are also plenty of well maintained toilets including an accessible one.

row of cafes at seaham harbour with people sat outside

There’s also a little water tap at the entrance to the beach which is ideal for washing off sandy toes or filling up a dog bowl.

girl in white top and denim shorts washing off her feet at the entrance to a beach

Seaham Hall Beach or North Beach

This is THE place to visit in Seaham if you’re looking for sea glass. Seaham is one of the best place in Europe for sea glass hunters due to it being home to the UK’s largest bottle works. Heaps of glass was dumped into the North Sea at the beginning of the 1900’s and washes up after every tide to this day.

view of seaham north beach from the top of the coastline

It’s much bigger than Slope beach so your pretty much guaranteed to find a quiet spot to set up for the day. The beach has plenty of sand for building castles but is also pretty pebbly so water shoes are a must for your visit.

young girl kneeling on a beach with her hands in the sand

Dogs on Seaham Hall Beach

Seaham Hall Beach is dog friendly, just make sure you clean up after your pups. There are bins in the car park.

Parking for Seaham Hall Beach

There is plenty of parking available. There are in fact two carparks to choose from. You see them as you drive into town, use the postcode SR7 7AF. We stopped at the first one which has quite a walk down to the beach which is tough on the knees but has some lovely views. It’s also a great place to start a walk along the heritage coastline.

sculpture at the entrance to seaham north beach

Facilities at Seaham Hall Beach

A new cafe is currently being built at Seaham North Beach car park. It looks like it will be wonderful but unfortunately was closed when we visited.

north beach cafe at seaham beach

There was however an ice cream van in the car park which always feels like a win.

close up of ice cream in a cone overlooking the heritage coastline

There are no toilets here but I imagine there will be once the restaurant is open.

Blast Beach

Once an ecological nightmare due to once being the home to the largest coal mine in Europe. Blast Beach has been saved by the National Trust and has undergone a huge clean up exercise. It’s pretty hard to get to, there is a path but it’s pretty steep and uneven. The surrounding coastline has some of the most stunning wildflowers over the Spring and Summer months.

Blast beach is pretty pebbly but there are a few sections of sand. It’s also another great place to find sea glass.  The beach is located just south of town and is probably one of the quieter Seaham beaches.

Parking for Blast Beach

You’ll find plenty of free parking at Nose’s Point. Pop in the postcode SR7 7PS and look out for the signs.

Dogs on Blast beach

Dogs are currently allowed on Blast Beach.

Facilities on Blast Beach

There are no facilities at Blast Beach, just pack a picnic to bring with you, plenty of water over the summer months and visit the toilet before you visit.

seaham harbour beach

Where to stay for your visit to the Seaham Beaches

For the ultimate in luxury head to Seaham Hall Hotel a gorgeous Spa hotel perched on the clifftop overlooking Seaham Beach. It has a wonderful restaurant and even live DJs and cinema nights over the summer months.

For another great beach just half an hour away head to one of my favourite secret spots in Northumberland, the seaside town of Blyth.

Or around half an hours drive North from Seaham you could visit Whitley Bay Beach.

view from above of slope beach with a harbour wall protecting the bay

Which are your favourite of the Seaham Beaches? Let me know in the comments.

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