Visit Burnham-On-Sea

Visit Burnham-On-Sea for super family seaside holidays, super shopping and lots of things to do

Visit Burnham-On-Sea for a warm welcome in Somerset's best seaside town

Why you must visit Burnham-On-Sea

 Lots to see and do! Burnham-On-Sea is a thriving seaside town with beaches, a pier, cinema, theatre, gardens, a busy calendar of events throughout the year for residents and visitors alike. There’s also the 42-acre Apex Park which is enjoyed as a space for picnics, games and wildlife watching.

Family-friendly beaches with lots of sand. Burnham-On-Sea is almost in the middle of Somerset’s stretch of coast and close to the mouth of the tidal river Parrett. It is at the southern end of what is the second longest strip of sand in Europe and boasts several superb beaches!

Superb shops and places to eat. There’s a great range of shops, cafes and pubs to visit in Burnham. As with so many of the UK’s seaside resorts, Burnham blossomed during Victorian times and many of its finest buildings date from that time. Today it has everything you would expect from such a resort.

♥ Great walks for every ability. Visit Burnham for superb flat walks and saunters along the seafront prom and beach, or enjoy a walk through the town centre to see shops and facilities such as a cinema and theatre.

Glorious sandy beaches

With seven miles of golden sands stretching between the resorts of Burnham-On-Sea and Brean, this is one of the best regions of Britain for taking beach holidays. It’s perfect for walking, playing beach games, flying kites, picnics and splashing about in the sea (when the tide is in!) The coastline is well known for its fine sandy beaches, unspoilt dunes and high and low tides, perfect for bird watching. There are four beaches, as explained here. Burnham has the second greatest rise and fall of tide in the world – after the Bay of Fundy in Canada – and therefore the strong currents make it unsafe to swim except from approximately two hours before high tide until two hours after. See our beach guide  and today’s Burnham-On-Sea tide times.

Other great attractions close by

 Lots to see and do! Experience Cheddar Caves, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Weston-super-Mare

Dog walking Burnham Beach

On Burnham-on-Sea beach, there are restrictions and bylaws in place for dogs on the beach. The restriction is dependent on which Burnham-on-Sea beach area you are using.

In summary the beach area and restrictions as follows:

  • Beach area 1 – (between the Jetty and the Pavilion) – Dogs are banned all year round on the beach, jetty and Esplanade steps
  • Beach area 2 – (between the Jetty and the Yacht club) – Dogs are banned on the beach and Esplanade steps from May to September each year. Outside of these dates dogs are permitted on this area of the beach.
  • Beach area 3 – (between the Pavilion and Maddocks Slade, north end of the sea wall) – Dogs are banned on beach and Esplanade step from May to September each year. Outside of these dates dogs are permitted on this area of the beach.

For a map indicating the dog control areas on the beaches, please see the following document: Burnham-on-Sea Beach Dog Ban Areas 

Please note it is an offence to a take your dog onto a beach where there is a dog ban in force. The Beach Wardens patrol these areas. In addition the Dog Wardens also undertake patrols and can issue fixed penalty notices or may prosecute those not comply with the dog bans.

Dogs are allowed throughout the year on all the beaches North of the sea wall at Maddock’s Slade in Burnham all the way to Brean Down which includes both Berrow beach and Brean Beach.

Travelling around the Burnham area

In and around Burnham, you’ll find a wide range of attractions with something to suit everyone. Somserset’s mild climate means that it is perfect for a visit at any time of the year. Indeed, many attractions are open every month. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling and angling. Also see 10 Places You Must Visit in the Burnham Area.

Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information centre 

Burnham’s superb tourist information centre on The Esplanade is open year-round and provides a wide range of local information about attractions, accommodation and facilities in our area. You can also buy tickets and a wide range of merchandise. Click here for more details. Summer opening hours are 10am – 4pm and Winter: 10am – 2pm. Call 01278 787852 to get in contact.


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