What to expect from your visit

The view from the top of Brean Down

Welcome to Brean Down a natural pier that stretches out into the Bristol Channel. It is a great place to go for a walk and explore the hidden history.

Map of Brean Down
Map of Brean Down
Map of Brean Down

There are many things to see on your visit to Brean Down. 

Tides and currents - Brean has the second largest tidal movement in the world. The distance between the high and low water can be as much as 3/4 mile. 

Brean fort - The fort known as a Palmerston fort was built in 1870 to protect against French invasion. Parts of the fort are open to visitors. 

Roman temple - The Romans built a small temple on the second highest point on the down. 

Wartime directional arrow - This huge painted arrow directed Second World War bombers to the practice range. 

The steps - Up the side of the Down is a set of steps which take you to the top of the down and provide amazing views along the way. 

Courtyard - Near the car park at the bottom of the down is the cafe and toilets. 


Parking charges apply for non-members. Parking is free for National Trust members and Blue Badge holders; members please scan your card for a ticket.
Pay and display machines accept cash only and do not accept notes or issue change. You can also pay using PayByPhone, there is a charge of £5 for non-members. 
Please observe the one-way system and exit at the rear of the car park (closest to the buildings), please note alligator teeth at the exit. The entrance barrier will close at 4.30pm, but the exit will remain open. 
If the car park is full please respect the local area and turn around. We ask that you do not park on the road, by the ramp and large gates that provide beach access or nearby verges as this could block emergency access. 

Staying safe

We have a one-way system to manage visitor flow and to help maintain social distancing. Please use the steps to walk to the top of the Down and use the Military road for your walk down.

Tide times

It's easy for the tides to take us by surprise so it can be a good idea to check the tide times before you arrive at the beach. Tide times tell us at what time the sea will be nearest the land and furthest away. At high tide the sea is closest to the land and at low tide there is the most beach available.

Please note the beach is made up of sand and mud flats, which are exposed at low tide. It can be dangerous to walk too far out at low tide.


The café and toilets (including baby change) are open daily between 10am and 4pm.

Things to see and do at Brean Down

Have your pooch join you for a stroll at Brean Down

Bringing your dog to Brean Down

Dogs on leads are very welcome at Brean Down. There are water bowls in the car park and outdoor eating area and plenty of coastal terrain to stretch four legs. Find out more and see some of our walking routes here.