Plan your visit to Brancaster Beach

Brancaster Beach

Brancaster beach with it's wide expanse of golden sands is perfect for summer sandcastles or winter wanders. We are currently experiencing very high visitor numbers to Brancaster Beach with the car park (not National Trust) reaching capacity most days. Please take a few minutes to plan your visit.

Ahead of your visit

When you arrive

children sitting in boot of car

Car Park

Car park charges applicable, including for National Trust members. Please note that Brancaster Beach car park is neither owned nor managed by National Trust. Pre-booking not applicable. We're currently experiencing high visitor numbers, so if the car park is full or you find yourself in a queue then please turn around safely and leave. Do not fly-park in the village. There is limited parking at Brancaster Staithe which can be found off Harbour Way.

Brancaster Staithe


The toilets at Brancaster Beach are currently open 6am to 6pm and are found next to the car park. There is an accessible toilet that can be accessed by a Radar key. Please note that the toilets are closed periodically during the day for cleaning. Please respect the cleaner and allow them to do their clean. There is also a toilet at Brancaster Staithe harbour.

a mainly black collie dog playing with a stick in the shallows of the sea. Small wavelets can be seen behind. the dog is wet so has probably been swimming

Dogs welcome!

Dogs and responsible owners are very much welcome on Brancaster Beach. There is a small dog-free zone May to September to the left of the entrance once you walk onto the beach but the rest is there for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. Please keep dogs under close control at all times and clear up after them. Dog bins are available next to the toilets.

Beach safety

Three black dots of a ship wreck can be seen in the middle of the photo behind golden sand and beneath a blue sky

Know the risks

Don’t walk out to the shipwreck of the SS Vina at Brancaster Beach. The fast-flowing channel of tidal water and the quickly changing tides, will put your life in danger. Each year multiple people require rescuing as they get cut off from the land.

Moody skies at Brancaster Beach

Understand the sea

A beach can seem like a vast playground, but the tide can come in surprisingly quickly at Brancaster. Tide times and heights vary throughout the month and can easily catch you out if you haven’t checked them.

How can I stay safe on the beach?

  • Keep a watchful eye on your family
  • Stay together and don't use inflatables in the sea
  • In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard

Help look after this special place

Marine litter on a beach

Look after the coast

Litter has always been a big problem on beaches and in the countryside and is hugely damaging to the wildlife and environment. As one of the largest conservation charities in Europe the National Trust relies on public support to help care for special places. We ask that you take your litter home with you. 

Other useful information...

Horse riding on a beach

Horse Riding at Brancaster Beach

Brancaster is a picturesque spot for riding along the beach. To keep you and others safe at our very busy times, there are some restrictions as to when we welcome horse riders. From May to September, we ask that you don’t ride on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays between the hours of 9am to 6pm. This will help you and those around you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. If you have any questions about your upcoming visit, please contact us at

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