Beach Huts at Sunset

Woolacombe has something for everyone!

With its’ 3 mile stretch of golden sands, great waves and stunning coastal footpath, Woolacombe really does have something for everyone!

Families enjoy splashing about in the sea with bodyboards, building sandcastles, playing beach games, exploring the rockpools for marine life, and indulging in icecreams, whilst others stroll along the dramatic coast path, bird watching and seal spotting or surfing the great waves that roll in from the Atlantic. Even when there are no waves, it’s perfect for Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, or simply taking a dip in the glistening water. For those just wishing to relax, why not hire a deck chair, or even better, a beach hut, in the summer season.

Local Beaches

In addition to Woolacombe there are several other beaches in Woolacombe Bay. Barricane Beach is a designated Site of Scientific Interest because of the mass of shells of all shapes and colours which reach this small inlet from the Caribbean.

Further along, Combesgate Beach, like Woolacombe, is made up of fine golden sand, a paradise for swimmers and surfers. The next beach, Grunta, earned its’ name when a cargo ship of pigs ran aground here! These smaller beaches are perfect for rock-pooling as the tide goes out. Putsborough Beach is at the far end of Woolacombe beach, by Baggy Point, and is also perfect for surfing, rock-pooling and sandcastles!

Award winning woolacombe beach at sunset in summer

Woolacombe Village

The village itself is lively and offers a wide choice of cafes, pubs, takeaways, restaurants and a range of shops selling groceries, gifts, beach goods, local crafts, and clothing. There is also a chemist, post office, newsagent, launderette, church, surf hire, and two cashpoints. To keep the family entertained , there is an amusement arcade, crazy golf, mini golf, riding stables, children's play area and a skate ramp.

And of course, there is a variety of holiday accommodation, from campsites to four-star hotels, as well as B&Bs, self-catering, holiday parks and room only.

Woolacombe Village looking down from Potters Hill

Car Parking

There is ample parking in Woolacombe, with three beach car parks suitable for cars and motorhomes (daily charges apply throughout the season). For more information on Parking, please check out the Parking section of this website under 'Plan Your Visit'

Coach Parking 

Sandy Burrows Car Park is also available for Coach Parking. It is located opposite the Slipway to the Beach. Contact Parkin Estates on 01271 870234 (or 01271 871260 in June/July/August) for information.

Woolacombe Car Park


Please check out our Accessibility information in the 'Plan your Visit' section of this website.

The Tourist Information Centre have an All Terrain Mobility Scooter and a Beach Wheelchair to Hire – perfect for those less mobile to access our beautiful sandy beach. Contact the TIC for further information and to book!

Accessible access to Woolacombe Beach