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Bournemouth Alum Chine

Photograph: M Walden

© Copyright M Walden and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Bournemouth, Dorset


50.7N 1.9W

Beach type

Bay, sand, shingle

Beach awards 2013

Blue flag

Local facilities

Food, toilets, disabled toilets, litter bins
FoodToiletsLitter BinsParking


Cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year


yes Roadside parking along the overcliff drive. Pay and display carpark located at entrance to Alum Chine seafront.

Disabled parking


Things to do

Swimming (watercraft free zones at certain beaches). Sailing, fishing, surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, windsurfing, power boating, beach hut hire and water skiing. Areas of the beach have been zoned as No Smoking and Kidzone. There are Tropical Gardens located adjacent to the beach, and Westbourne shopping centre is a short walk away through the Chine.

Wildlife & walks

The Bournemouth cliffs provide an ideal habitat for the nationally rare sand lizard and smooth snake, as well as many plant species. The tropical gardens at Alum Chine also offer a unique habitat and variety of wildlife.

Animal restrictions

Dogs not allowed between groynes 3 and 5 between May 1st to September 30th. These areas are clearly marked with signage.
Enjoy a safe and fun day on the beach by considering the following:

Lost child scheme


Public rescue equipment


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Information provided by the Environment Agency. We use this data to produce our water quality information, but our results use information from the previous year, so our results for 2014 are the same as the Environment Agency’s results for 2013. For more info see how we recommend beaches.

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