British Beaches

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Shakespeare Beach Beach

Dover, Kent

A long shingle beach set in a bay near Shakespeare Cliff. There are deep pools and a wavecut platform towards the cliff end of the beach. As the beach is reached via over 100 steps, it is not accessible for disabled visitors.

Beach Type





Fishing and dog walking

Nature and Wildlife

There is a coastal path behind the beach.

Water Quality

Not Tested



Cleaning and Litter

The beach is the responsibility of the Dover Harbour Board. Some volunteer beach cleans also take place. The beach occasionally suffers pollution from tar.


Dogs are allowed on the beach but there are no dog bins provided.

Tourist Information


Nearest town: Dover
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1087, 1.29615
Postcode: CT17 9HB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Dover, Kent at Explore Britain.


Take the A20 going east from Folkestone (west from Dover) to Aycliffe (a suburb of Dover) and park in the on-street parking here. The beach is accessed via a footpath which goes through the subway under the A20 before turning left for 100 yards.

Public Transport

Buses run from Dover to Old Folkestone Road. Aycliffe - just north of the beach.

Nearest Railway Stations

Dover Priory (About a mile and a half away)
Kearsney (Kent) (Approx. 3 miles away)
Martin Mill (Approx. 5 miles away)
Folkestone Central (Approx. 6 miles away)
Folkestone West (Approx. 6 miles away)

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


There is no parking directly at the beach - use the on-street parking in Aycliffe.

Nearby Car Parks

BCB Enterprises, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Cruise Terminal, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Samphire Hoe, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Northwall Quay, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Albany Place, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Dover Harbour Board - Dover Cruise Terminal, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Folkestone Road, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Dover Priory Station, Dover (Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Elms Vale Recreation Ground, Dover (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Camden Crescent, Dover (Short/Medium/Long stay).
About 1.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Dover