Durham Beaches

Durham Beaches

Whether you’re planning a staycation or a day trip with the kids. Use our coastal holiday guide to discover beautiful Durham beaches.

Find your favourite Durham Beaches

The Durham Heritage Coast looking out over the North Sea is a favourite with nature lovers and popular sea angling destination. Once known as the ‘Black Beaches’ the coastline has been transformed into an area of stunning natural beauty brimming with wildlife. Enjoy the beaches of Seaham, Peterlee and Hartlepool. From harbour towns of Hartlepool to the dramatic beaches of the Durham Heritage coast, this part of the coast is not to be missed. Walk the coastal path or explore the rich history of the area.

Durham Beach Days

Do you know the name of the beach you are looking for? From Seham Hall (Glass Beach) to North Gare. See our full list of beaches in Durham in alphabetical order.

Dramatic Magnesian Limestone Cliffs

The coastline is defined by towering cliffs of magnesian limestone, reaching up to 30 meters high in some areas. These cliffs feature occasional caves, stacks, and dramatic headlands, creating a rugged and varied landscape.

Coastal Villages and Heritage The Durham coast is dotted with picturesque coastal villages like Seaham, which has a lively harbor, historic church, and the iconic Seaham Hall Hotel. The coastline is also rich in industrial heritage, with remnants of the region’s coal mining past visible in some areas.

Recovering Marine Life

After improvements in water quality, the seas off the Durham coast are seeing a recovery of marine life. Kelp beds are expanding, and large populations of colorful anemones can be found. Seals and basking sharks are frequently spotted offshore in the summer months.

What’s On

Coastal events in Durham for your diary

Annual events taking place for 2024.

  • Food Festivals
  • Sailing
  • Sporting Events

Enjoy the beautiful Durham coast.

Common Questions

Yes, lots! Blackhall Rock and Seaham beach have miles of golden sandy beach.

Glass Beach, (or Seaham Hall beach) as the name suggests is famous for sea glass collecting.

Explore other areas near Durham

Explore the miles of coastline with popular seaside destinations, coastal walks and water sports. Find more beaches in the northeast coast of England, covering the counties of East Riding, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear. Stop off at a beach for the day or walk or cycle the coastal trails.

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