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Family-friendly things to do at Brean Down

Sandcastle on Brean beach
Sandcastle on Brean beach | © National Trust Images/Laurence Cummins

Brean Down is a brilliant place for families to explore.

Summer adventures

Brean Down is a brilliant place to explore in summer. Create sand art on the beach or climb to the top of the down and soak up the far-reaching sea views.

Sandcastles and bird spotting

Visit the Beach Hut when you arrive and pick-up one of our adventure rucksacks containing everything you need for a day of exploring, including binoculars, a bug pot and magnifying glass. We've also got plenty of buckets and spades if you're headed for the beach.

Festival of Archaeology

27 & 28 July
10am - 2pm

Get involved with lots of exciting activities which will bring different chapters of the Down's history to life, from searching for pottery remains at the site of the Roman temple to dressing up as an officer at the World War II fort.

Visit the Beach Hut in the National Trust car park when you arrive. Activities are free. Usual car park fee applies (free for National Trust members).

A person walking a dog on Brean Beach in rain

Visiting Brean Down with your dog 

Dogs on leads are very welcome at Brean Down, with plenty of coastal terrain to stretch those four legs. Find out more about where you can take them and what to keep in mind. Brean Down is a one pawprint rated place. 

View of the square buildings of Palmerston Fort, Brean Down, with the sea in the background

History of Brean Down 

With its history stretching back from 10,000 BC to the peninsula's vital role defending the South West during WWII, there is a lot to discover in the story of Brean Down.