St Annes Seafront and Beach

St Annes Seafront and Beach

Have a look around St Annes seafront and beach, it’s an important part of this Victorian seaside town.

At St Annes seafront and beach there are miles of open public land to explore. It’s an enormous natural beach. Walk the beautifully tended promenade gardens complete with waterfalls and ducks. Enjoy traditional seaside attractions with fun for all the family.

Have a look at the glorious sandy beach on a beautiful summers day in this aerial footage taken by Quadographer13

Enjoy the Seaside at St Annes Seafront and Beach

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There’s a main T junction between the promenade and St Annes Road West (the main high street). Adjacent to this is where you’ll find the ‘seaside’ resort seafront of St Annes. It’s where the seafront hotels are, and all the traditional British seaside things.

Aerial view of St Annes seafront and beach from Quadrographer13
Aerial view of St Annes seafront and beach from Quadrographer13
St Annes seafront and beach including the pier
St Annes seafront and beach including the pier

There’s a good selection of high quality accommodation and places to stay, with a choice of period and modern properties. It’s all designed to give you a perfect UK break!

St Annes Pier  is opposite this junction, in the attractive surroundings of the typical British coastal resort.

There’s pay and display car parking at the front of and to the right of the pier. There are also Danfo public toilets here (20p a go).

Pier at St Annes seafront and beach
Pier at St Annes seafront

Nearby is the paddling pool which is very popular in summer, and next to it an attractive bandstand.

St Annes paddling pool and bandstand at the seafront and beach
Paddling pool at the start of the Promenade Gardens at St Annes

The seafront gardens are beautiful and well kept. They’re complete with a pond and huge waterfall where you’ll find resident ducks.

Gardens at St Annes seafront and beach
Gardens at St Annes seafront

Head South Along St Annes Seafront

Follow the seafront southwards with the sea on your right and you can walk right around the coastline. You’ll pass Fairhaven Lake and and if you carry on arrive at Lytham.

Whether on foot or by car, travel south along the coastal route and you’ll pass The Island complex. Here there are restaurants and a cinema, outdoor children’s amusements, gift shops and a cafe. Unusually they’re housed in stationary railway carriages!

You’ll also pass the RNLI all-weather base. The annual Lifeboat Day is held here. In the same building is the RNLI shop.

There’s a cafe in another building on the opposite side of the boating pool. It was designed by the same architect as the boathouse so looks somewhat similar, but has no connection with the lifeboat.

RNLI boathouse and shop on St Annes seafront and beach
RNLI boathouse and shop on St Annes seafront

Next to the RNLI building is a boating lake where you can have all kinds of safe fun, messing about in the water.

Boating pool near the RNLI on St Annes seafront and beach
Boating pool near the RNLI on St Annes seafront

Further south you’ll reach the much larger Fairhaven Lake. Again, here the coastal footpath heads around the water’s edge, or by car the highway follows the seafront.

Finally, the road rounds the corner inland to the crossroads at the White Church, where you pick up Clifton Drive. Turn left to return to St Annes town centre, or turn right for a short drive to Lytham.

St Annes Beach

The sandy beach is so huge because of the wide tidal range of the Irish Sea. The beach is very flat, so the tide goes out a long way. But it comes back in very quickly – so beware!

While the tide is out at St Annes, there are miles and miles of sands for you to enjoy. Please be careful, know the tide times before you set off and always watch the sea while you’re out on the beach.

Keep safe on St Annes seafront and beach
Keep safe on St Annes seafront and beach

Drive Northwards along St Annes Seafront

The long, straight roads of North and South Promenade provide an attractive drive (or walk) along the seafront at St Annes. North Promenade (with the sea on your left) takes you in the direction of Blackpool. South Promenade (with the sea on your right) takes you to Lytham.

There are lare properties along North Promenade, some in individual ownership, others are apartment blocks. Most are residential, either period properties or a variety of more recent architectural styles.

Sand Dunes

These properties at North Promenade have spectacular views across the large sand dunes which flank the seaward side of the road.

Naturally formed, these provide at least some protection from the westerly winds and airborne sand, which blows from the huge, golden sandy beach that lies beyond. The sand dunes are an important, natural sea defence.

Sand dunes of North Promenade on St Annes seafront and beach
Sand dunes of North Promenade on St Annes seafront

Looking for Directions?

Click on the Google map below and have a look around

Google map of St Annes seafront and beach
Google map of St Annes seafront

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