Tide times

This section of the website hosts forecasts for a range of different leisure venues including beaches, places of interest and national parks. Where appropriate, specific content is available for the location type e.g. beach safety information for beach locations.

Change location

To change the forecast location, enter a location or the first half of a UK postcode into the search box and then click on the search button. Select the appropriate location and your choice of forecast location from the list provided before clicking on the 'save' button. Alternatively you can select from your list of favourite locations. By clicking on the 'star' you are able to save up to 5 favourite locations.

For web browsers that have geolocation capabilities, you can also use the 'find my location' button to automatically find your location. Find out more in the Guide to leisure forecasts.

View the Tide Times for beaches around the country including times of High Tide and Low Tide and Tide Height.

Tide Times

To view Tide Times for a desired location, either browse the map above to select your desired location or enter a beach location into the search box and click on your chosen location. Tide tables are displayed beneath the weather forecast for up to five days ahead.

Tide times are available for around 500 locations. Some of the #Most popular locations are list below for easy reference.

What are tides?

Tides refer to the rise and fall of a body of water, most commonly seen in the oceans; caused by the interaction between the moon, sun and Earth.

As the positions of Earth, sun and moon change in relation to each other, the gravitational pull and centrifugal forces acting upon the oceans vary and it is these differences that cause fluctuation in the height of the sea which we see at the tides going out and in.

In the UK we mostly experience a semi-diurnal tide which means we experience two high tides and two low tides each day. These occur approximately every 12 hours and 25 minutes.

Beaches

Tide Times are available for around 500 beaches around the UK as identified in the Good Beach Guide. You can also view the usual five day forecast elements and additional beach safety information including on/off-shore wind and offshore sea state. Use of inflatable watercraft is not recommended in strong offshore winds. Follow the advice given by lifeguards.

Map view

The map view allows you to view both location and mapped forecasts for the UK.

You can pan and zoom around the map using the controls in the top left of the map or by using your mouse to click and drag the map and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Zooming in on a location will display additional tide times locations in that area.