Lytham St Annes

St Annes Sand Dunes Photo: Amy Pennington

St Annes Sand Dunes Photo: Amy Pennington

Lytham St Annes is a classic seaside resort with loads of sand, a renovated Victorian pier, donkey rides and plenty of ice cream vans. Behind the beach is a large grassy area featuring attractive gardens, a boating lake, putting and bowling tennis, and Lytham's iconic green windmill.



OS Map Reference

SD 3176 2871
A static map of Lytham St Annes

Know before you go

Parking information

There is some free on street parking and a number of paid car parks




Dogs permitted


Visitor centre

When to visit

Opening times

All year round

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

What makes Lytham so special?

The town is internationally renowned for the Royal Lytham and St Annes golf course and the beach hosts a number of kite flying events each year.

Head southwards and the beach becomes a haven for wildlife. Backed by sand dunes this area attracts huge numbers of wildfowl and waders.

Lytham is the location of the Foulnaze cockle fishery. The fishery has only opened the cockle beds on the Lancashire coast three times in twenty years and August 2013 was the last of these openings.

At the Lytham end of the beach is the Ribble estuary where the sand turns to mud. This makes the area unsuitable for swimming but great for bird watching. More than 250,000 waders and wildfowl, including widgeons, dunlins, sanderlings, red knot, and bar-tailed godwits visit each year.  Flocks of pink-footed geese are commonly seen in winter as they fly over St Annes between their feeding grounds. Many pintail and other ducks feed and rest in the estuary.

The Lytham St Annes Nature Reserve has around 250 different plant species. Common lizards are found across the dune system and it is an important habitat for various breeding birds including stonechat, skylark, linnet and reed bunting. The grayling butterfly, which is a coastal specialist, is also found on the dunes.

What to do

Why not come along for a family day out, partake in Donkey rides in summer, enjoying an ice cream by the sea and do some bird watching. You could also hire a pedallo or paddleboat,  or visit the RSPB Discovery Centre where you can learn all about the wildlife in the estuary.

Why not download the story of the "little Egret of St Anne's" for a walk to discover St Anne's and the surrounding area.

The Little Egret of St Annes