Can I take my dog on Worthing beach?

Worthing is a great town, packed with many, many dog friendly places to eat and drink. Worthing beach is a beautiful spot to visit, particularly in the summer too. It’s a pebble beach as opposed to a sandy beach, but there are plenty of places to rent a deckchair from and kick back and relax. You’ve also got the nearby Worthing pavilion, which is an attraction in and of itself.

Is Worthing beach dog friendly?

Of course, if you’re visiting Worthing with your dog, there are certain restrictions that apply unfortunately. Worthing is relatively open to having dogs on the beach, and let’s start with the good news: if you’re visiting Worthing between 1st October and 30th April, you can take your dog on any beach at any time.

Where the restrictions start coming in is during the peak summer and tourism period. There are limitations to where you can take your dog between 1st May and 30th September.

Where are Worthing’s dog restricted beaches?

Between 1st May and 30th September, your dog cannot go on the beaches between Heene Road and Splashpoint, which is a leisure centre and cafe that you’ll find along the coastal A259 (Brighton Road).

This is roughly the coastline and beaches that encompass central Worthing. It’s a stretch of almost exactly 1 mile, so the best thing to do is walk a little East or West from central Worthing where you’ll find plenty of dog friendly beaches again.

worthing restricted dog beach

You can also walk along the promenade with your dog, even where the beach isn’t dog friendly. Because some of Worthing’s most iconic sights can be seen on the promenade, including the lido and Worthing Pavilion, it does make for a great scenic walk with your dog, even if the beaches are not dog friendly. There are even some nice dog friendly cafes to stop off and grab a coffee at along the way, like Coast Cafe.

There are plenty of dog poo bins along the whole coastal path too.

Enjoying Worthing’s dog friendly beaches

Overall, Worthing is one of the most dog friendly seaside towns we’ve visited with so many different places that allow dogs. The restrictions on dogs being on the beach are limited and only for a short time during the year. Of course, typical advice does apply – make sure your dog is under control and that you clean up after them. But aside from this, go and enjoy Worthing, and make sure you stop off at some of the dog friendly pubs, cafes, and restaurants in Worthing whilst you’re there.


  • Jo
    March 12, 2020 at 08:47

    thanks for this, the council website makes it less than clear ?

  • Robert Best
    May 3, 2021 at 10:25

    So clear and easy to understand!
    Council public information confusing.
    Thank you.

  • Imogen
    June 4, 2023 at 12:57

    This was a really useful and easily to understand bit of information, the council website does not make it easy. Wish we could take our dogs on the beach in summer tho

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