Dover Harbour


Dover Harbour
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A shingle beach sheltered within the harbour walls with views of the port, ships, the famous white cliffs and Dover Castle. The beach is easily accessible and has seaside facilities including parking, hotels, restaurants and cafes and a watersports centre.


Swimming, sailing, sea canoeing and windsurfing. There is a Water Sports Centre with equipment hire available. There is a designated recreational area within the harbour adjacent to the beach. Fishing is available from the Prince of Wales Pier. The beach is adjacent to Dover Marina where there is opportunity for boat trips and vessel charter.

Wildlife and Walks

The seafront forms part of the White Cliffs Countryside Project which also includes nature trails along the River Dour and the White Cliffs. Seals are occasionally sighted within the harbour. Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve is north of the harbour - look out for yellowhammers.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken voluntarily at this beach by Dover Harbour Board from 1st May - 30th September.

Water samples do not need to be taken at this beach and may not be treated in the same way as designated bathing waters, but they are collected in the spirit of the Bathing Waters Directive.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Dover Harbour

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a large pay and display car park off Esplanade Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the beach but are allowed on the promenade. Please read signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.