100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 61 – Friars Cliff Beach

Friars Cliff is the middle of three Blue Flag Beaches around Christchurch. It is easily accessible with just a short ramp connecting it to the car park at Steamer Point. Parking costs around £1.70 an hour in summer and 70p per day in winter.

Friars Cliff Beach
Friars Cliff Beach

Beach

The beach is predominantly sandy with a little shingle along the water’s edge. The Beach Guide describes Friars Cliff Beach as; “a good choice for a families looking for somewhere to paddle in the gentle waves and admire the lovely views.”

Friars Cliff Beach
Friars Cliff Beach

Lifeguards

There are no lifeguards on Friars Cliff Beach for the 2022 season. So, where I would agree with The Beach Guide about the views, the lack of lifeguards makes it less family friendly than neighbouring beaches, in my opinion.

View over Friars Cliff Beach
View over Friars Cliff Beach

Bars/Restaurants

The Beach Hut Cafe specialises in burgers, pizzas and home made cakes. There is seating on the prom overlooking the beach.

The Beach Hut Cafe
The Beach Hut Cafe

Other Facilities

There are toilets and showers available on the prom near the cafe and beach huts to rent. A short walk up to the cliff top will bring you to Steamer Point Nature Reserve.

Steamer Point
Steamer Point

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