British Beaches

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Cowes Beach

Cowes, Isle of Wight

A two mile esplanade shingle beach. It is set in the harbour making it ideal for family swimming and viewing the Solent. Cowes is famous for its natural water activities and is a prestigious Victorian town.

Beach Type



Including facilities for disabled people
And cafe/restaurants


The sailing regatta
Cowes Week
Takes place in the last week of July

Nature and Wildlife

There are cycle routes and walks around Cowes. Sea birds may be seen from the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned and litter bins are present.


Dog bins are provided but dogs are banned from May to September.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre. Guildhall. Newport. Isle of Wight. PO30 1TY. Tel: 01983 823366. Web:


Nearest town: Cowes
County: Isle of Wight
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7673, -1.30792
Postcode: PO31 8BW
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Cowes, Isle of Wight at Explore Britain.


There is a car/passenger ferry to Cowes from Southampton.

Public Transport

There are buses to Cowes from most parts of the island and a ferry from Southampton.

Nearest Railway Stations

Ryde Pier Head (Approx. 7 miles away)
Ryde Esplanade (Approx. 7 miles away)
Hamble (Approx. 7 miles away)
Netley (Approx. 7 miles away)
Ryde St Johns Road (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is parking at the beach for approximately 200 cars. including spaces for disabled people. There is a charge for using the car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Mornington Road, Cowes (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Park Road, Cowes (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Denmark Road, Cowes (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Cross Street, Cowes (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Brunswick Road, Cowes (Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Esplanade, East Cowes (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Barton Manor North, East Cowes (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Barton Manor South, East Cowes (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Lepe County Park, Lepe (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Lepe Country Park (The Helmsman), Lepe (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Cowes