Viking Bay

This magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay is the main attraction in Broadstairs. This was the holiday destination of choice for Charles Dickens, who even wrote an affectionate piece on the town, Our English Watering Place. The long sandy bay, cliff-top promenade, and boardwalk make this bay a timeless thing of beauty.

The Surf School is open from March to October, offering a range of water sports.

  • Seaside Award 2021
  • Seasonal Lifeguards: RNLI daily Lifeguard cover from Saturday 29th May - Sunday 5th September, 10am-6pm.
  • Toilets (Seasonal): Closed for Winter. Check Spring 2022 for Summer opening date
  • First aid point
  • Bay information
  • Deckchair and beach hut hire
  • Beach wheelchairs available ( 1 available until September 2021) - for further information, contact 07432 648275.
  • Beach shops
  • Boardwalk
  • Cliff Lift to the beach (Open from 21st July daily 10am-6pm) 
  • Parking: If you can, please travel on foot, by bike, or by public transport. If you do use one of our public car parks, you will be advised to make payment over the phone/internet using RingGo. Car park locations can be found here.
  • No Dogs allowed at any time from 1st May until 30th September, any time.
  • To find out about accessibility at this beach, please click here

Be Beach Safe. This means checking the weather and the tides, keeping an eye on your family, and not using inflatables. In an emergency, call 999 for the Coastguard. 

Please remember, if you are visiting our beaches and bays, that some COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Please 'Respect, Protect and Enjoy' and leave only your footprints. 

Beach Check UK App

We want you to have the best experience when visiting our beautiful beaches so we have created a live map which allows you to see how busy they are before you pick your spot.

View the map in fullscreen mode

If you are a regular beach goer, download the Beach Check App to allow you to have the information to hand


Victoria Parade
CT10 1EU