Wembury Beach Plymouth South Devon

Wembury Beach

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Wembury near Plymouth

Wembury Beach near Plymouth is perfect for a great family day out or a longer holiday in the surrounding area. The waters are award winningly clean and are also fairly shallow, so the kids can enjoy an unsupervised splash-about. Wembury is also dog friendly and welcome all year.

A great beach with views over the Great Mewstone island. The Mewstone and Little Mewstone is now a bird sanctuary and access is not permitted to visitors.

A large beach, it is great for kite flying. There are also some of the best rock pools in the country here and it's a kids delight as much as for any adult to explore all the strange creatures that exist in those shallow waters.

Wembury is also known for some great surf with swell often up to 10 foot!

Wembury is a great place for star gazing. Look out to sea and spot the Milky Way.


  • Beach - Sand
  • Parking - Limited
  • Accessibility - No problem
  • Toilets - Yes and Shower
  • Refreshments - No
  • Dogs - Not permitted 1st May to 30th September
  • Life Guard - None
  • Award winning - Marine Conservation Society

Best for

Rock Pools, Dog Walkers and Star Gazers.

Look out for

Mermaid purses, cuttlefish bones and sea wash balls.

Basking Sharks can be seen in the summer near the Mewstone.

It's a fact !

Wembury was visited by Mesolithic man as evidenced by flint implements found on local sites. Some Roman coins are also found.

The Mewstone is currently uninhabited. However, it has served as a prison and a private home, as well as a refuge for local smugglers. Its most infamous resident was Sam Wakeman who avoided transportation to Australia in favour of the cheaper option of transportation to the Mewstone, where he was interned for 7 years. It is believed he was responsible for carving the rough stone steps to the summit of the Mewstone.


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