Merseyside Beaches

Merseyside Beaches

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

Find your favourite Merseyside Beaches.

With contrasting landscapes, from rugged dunes to traditional seaside towns, the beaches in Merseyside offer a range of reasons to visit. From the famous sculptures on Crosby Beach to the wildlife and sporting activities on the Wirral Peninsula.

Merseyside Beaches A- Z

The Merseyside coastline is dotted with traditional British seaside towns like Southport, and New Brighton. These towns offer a nostalgic charm with their piers, promenades, amusement arcades, and seaside attractions, providing a glimpse into the region’s rich coastal heritage. See our full list of beaches in Merseyside in alphabetical order.

Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” Installation

The Merseyside coastline is a captivating character, full of contrasts and surprises. It is a rugged individual with a rich history etched into its windswept features, yet possessing an undeniable charm that draws people in.

Its beaches, like Crosby, have become canvases for artistic expression, with the haunting iron men sculptures by Antony Gormley standing as silent sentinels.

Extensive Sand Dune Systems

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Merseyside coastline is its vast and well-preserved sand dune systems. The sand dune system is the largest in England and the beaches and marshes are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The dunes at Formby Beach and Ainsdale Beach are particularly impressive, forming a natural barrier between the sea and the coastal towns.

These dunes create a real sense of wilderness and tranquility, contrasting with the urban areas nearby.

Nature Reserves

Despite its proximity to urban areas, the Merseyside coastline is home to several nature reserves and areas of ecological significance, such as the RSPB Nature Reserve at Ribble Estuary and Leighton Moss.These reserves support a diverse array of bird species, amphibians, and other wildlife, showcasing the region’s natural beauty.

Stretching for around 12 miles, the coastline between Liverpool and Southport, is known as the Sefton Coast.

Prehistoric Footprints

A fascinating feature found along the Formby coastline are the prehistoric footprints preserved in the sand and mud flats. These footprints, dating back 8,000 years, were left by hunter-gatherers and their animals, offering a glimpse into the region’s ancient past.

What’s On

Coastal events in Merseyside for your diary

Annual events taking place for 2024.

  • Food Festivals
  • Sailing
  • Sporting Events

Common Questions

Formby Beach and Crosby Beach are the most popular beaches in Merseyside.

New Brighton beach in Merseyside has a wide open stretch of golden sandy beach.

Explore other areas near Merseyside

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 Cumbria and Lancashire. Stop off at a beach for the day or walk or cycle the coastal trails.

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