Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in England

Ready to check out the best sites in England for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 53 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in England to suit your needs.
England dive site map
Devil's Point

#1 - Devil's Point

United Kingdom, Europe

Unrated
(1)
Slack is 1 hour before high water. Contact the Long Room beforehand to check no shipping movements and OK to dive You jump off a small jetty which is to the north west of the car park. From here swim north (inland) following the contour of the shore. You can get down to 40m where there are standing stones. Come up and you get to the underwater stone wall of the Royal William Yard, around 5-10m, follow this south till you get back to the entry point, there are stone steps and a handrail to get out of the water. If you time it right the outgoing tide drifts you back. Lots of lobsters, conger, dead men's fingers etc. Use multimap.com, search for Admiralty Road, Plymouth PL1. car Park at the end of Admiralty Road, from there a short walk to the drop off.
The Farne Islands

#2 - The Farne Islands

United Kingdom, Europe

Unrated
(1)
The Farne Islands is a 5.0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in United Kingdom, Europe which is accessible from shore based on 1 ratings.
Holborough Lake

#3 - Holborough Lake

UK, England, South East

beginner
(1)
A new dive site in easy reach of M20/M25. Vis is usually good for a UK lake. Small friendly team running site with free tea/coffee included in entry fee. a few attractions at the time of writing but I believe more are on the way. Update June 2010 - underwater attractions include, 4 training platforms, large digger tyres for buoyancy practice, large boat with swim through suitable for wreck course, several smaller boats, statues, mopeds and more... They have male and female changing rooms and toilets on the lake edge. Entry to the lake is via a slipway or a floating jetty for deep water entry. Diving at this site is always enjoyable and the staff make you feel really welcome. Access to the lake is just off the A228, behind the Jet petrol station (and wimpy). You need to travel through the construction site but the road is tarmac and there is parking on the waters edge. If you get lost phone the dive centre on 0750 762 4911 and they will direct you. During the week there is usually a security guard on the gate and you will need to sign in, if the gates are shut call the dive centre and they will open up for you.
Blue Lagoon

#4 - Blue Lagoon

UK, England, Yorkshire and Humberside

beginner
(0)
A flooded quarry with a selection of training platforms. Attractions include a Howitzer Field Gun, Sabre Light Tank and a Hunter Plane. Womersley, Nr Pontefract Blue Lagoon is also known as Spring Lodge Lake.
James Egan Layne Wreck

#5 - James Egan Layne Wreck

UK, England, South West

Unrated
(0)
7.176 ton US Liberty ship, built 1944. 441ftx57ft. 2500hp triple-expansion engines. Armed: Bow and stern guns, plus 5 AA. 4.500 tons war supplies, tank parts, lorries, jeeps, railway rolling stock, US Army engineers' stores, New York for Ghent, via Barry. Sunk: 21 March, 1945, after hit in starboard side by torpedo from U-1195. Beached after being towed by Admiralty tugs into Whitsand Bay. Source: www.wrecksite.eu Whitsand Bay, Plymouth James Egan Layne Wreck is also known as James Eagan Layne SS.
Vobster Quay

#6 - Vobster Quay

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Old quary now flooded with wrecks of boats, planes, old mine buildings. Damn cold ~ 9 deg C on surface! Vobster Quay is situated in the heart of the Somerset countryside approximately 5 miles from the market town of Frome and 4 miles from Radstock.
Stoney Cove

#7 - Stoney Cove

UK, England, East Midlands

beginner
(0)
An old quarry, which is floded by a fresh water spring, giving the perfekt place to try out new kit. Plenty of strange wrecks have been sunk there, including boats, airplanes, helicopters, buses, cars, etc... There are also some fishes and crayfish in the cove. A nice day out at an easily dived dive site. Address: Stoney Cove, Sapcote Rd, Stoney Stanton, Leicester LE9, UK Park the car, kit up and jump in... There are ladders for getting up.
Dosthill Quarry

#8 - Dosthill Quarry

UK, England, East Midlands

beginner
(0)
Basic facilities, 24m of depth with 3m, 6m and 20m scaffold shelfs near jump in. Objects include several vans, cruiser, hydroplane, several barges, caravan, blockhouse, and a few cars. Swimming back shallow (6m) on west side usually guarantees an encounter with large pike in clear visibility. Viz can be poor on entry area but the south end and sides have good viz 6-10m generally. Can be used for rescue training although the slipway is a series of scaffolded steps and not too easy to navigate (slippy). Best dived on Thurs or Friday at about 5pm. South of Tamworth city, near Birmingham Dosthill Quarry is also known as Dozzi.
HMS Scylla

#9 - HMS Scylla

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
HMS Scylla (F71) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). She was built at Devonport Royal Dockyard and was the last RN frigate to be built at the Dockyard so far. Scylla was launched in August 1968 and commissioned in 1970. It was the start of a long and eventful career that ended with her sinking as an artificial reef 27th March 2004. Off Whitsand Bay, Cornwall HMS Scylla is also known as F71.
Selsey Lifeboat Station

#10 - Selsey Lifeboat Station

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
Selsey Bill, Sussex
Glen Strathallan SS  Wreck

#11 - Glen Strathallan SS Wreck

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
British steamer (690 tons) built in 1928, 45m x 7m. Deliberately sunk in 1970.
Fylrix MV Wreck

#12 - Fylrix MV Wreck

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
British coaster (637 tons) built in 1962, 61m x 8m. Sunk 21/11/1984.
Knacker Hole

#13 - Knacker Hole

UK, England, North East

beginner
(0)
Enter the site from the rocky beach and follow the reef wall on your right out to the point and back. Theres plenty of wildlife and a kelp forest to explore. The site is shallow to start with and gradually gets deeper. Good for training near the beach. There is also a nearby fill station, See Farne Diving Services website for info. A cafe in the village down the road from the fill station, and a burger van in the car park for the harbour. Car park here is also used for boat launching for the Farne Islands and Somali. Straight in from the road. Park up somewhere without obstructing traffic and its a short walk of 10 - 15 meters down a pebbly beach into Knacker Hole.
Lady Hole

#14 - Lady Hole

UK, England, North East

beginner
(0)
The bay between Knackers Hole and Beadnall Point contains a reef on either side and a sandy area in the middle. Entry from the beach leads on to a rocky area which gradually becomes a sandy base. Bottom slopes gradually out till 10 metres deep, were it drops by another few metres in depth. Lots of growth and kelp around the reef area. A selection of fish, as well as Lobsters and Scallops can be seen around the site. There is also a nearby fill station, See Farne Diving Services website for info. Park on Habour Road next to Knackers Hole and head south past the lighthouse. At busy times, kit may have to be dropped off and car left in the car park at the end of the road. You can gain access to the beach directly by climbing down a small hill, or take a path a little further south.
HMS Pine

#15 - HMS Pine

UK, England, South East

intermediate
(0)
Wreck of 530 ton Tree class armed trawler. Badly damaged in an attack by E-boats on 31 January 1944, whilst escorting a convoy 10 miles south east of Beachy Head. For some unknown reason ship was towed towards Portsmouth instead of Newhaven. Ship was too badly damaged and sank six miles from Selsey Bill. Broken up and scattered wreck. HMS Pine is also known as Pine.
Buckland Lake

#16 - Buckland Lake

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
Small section of a larger lake great for training and try dives. Silty bottom gets very stirred up when busy so vis is at times almost non existent. A couple of interesting surprises in the water.
Barn Pool

#17 - Barn Pool

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Barn Pool is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in UK, England, South West which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Plymouth Breakwater

#18 - Plymouth Breakwater

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Plymouth Sound
Shag Rock

#19 - Shag Rock

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
Shag Rock is also known as Shagstone, Shag Stone.
Babbacombe Beach

#20 - Babbacombe Beach

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
nice pebble beach, pier full of fishermen, lovely spot, good pub and cafe, with small car park. Steep hill down single road. Babbacombe Beach is also known as Torquay.
Thatcher's Rock

#21 - Thatcher's Rock

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
Thatcher Rock has rocky ledges all round. Good for crustaceans & molluscs. Slack water approx 2 hours before HW & 4 hours after. Advise use of a surface marker buoy. Visibility varies from 6m on a good day to Zero after an easterly storm. Advise use of buddy line in low-viz if diving off slack. Thatcher's Rock is also known as Thatcher Rock.
Leadstone

#22 - Leadstone

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
On the Eastern (seaward) side an underwater amphitheatre dropping to 20m. The constant currents in this area provide nutrients to support a large variety of life. Use of an SMB and Buddy line are advised. Access from Torquay, Brixham or Babbacombe. The Leadstone is a 10m high rock found between Hopes Nose and the Orestone. Leadstone is also known as Flat Rock.
Orestone Rock

#23 - Orestone Rock

UK, England, South West

intermediate
(0)
The Orestone has a variety of rocky ledges all round, going down to 25m on the Eastern side. A tunnel through the rock has a narrow tunnel (1.5m) on the South West side going through to a 4m wide cavern on the North West side. You can see through it at extreme low water springs, but the rest of the time it is completely submerged, making the max depth inside around 7m at High springs.
HMS Montague

#24 - HMS Montague

UK, England, South West, Lundy Island

intermediate
(0)
14,000 ton Battleship, lost 29th May 1906 in Fog. Much scattered & broken up, but armour plate still to be found
Mewstone (Plymouth)

#25 - Mewstone (Plymouth)

UK, England, South West

intermediate
(0)
The site consists of a series of rocky gullies that stand 5m off the seabed and are 2 to 3m wide. Beautiful marine life, Echinoderms & Holothurians abound. Find Dogfish, Cuttlefish, Thornback Rays. Take a torch to look in the little crevices. Launch from Queen Annes Battery, Mountbatten or Fort Bovisand. The Mewstone is to the South East of Plymouth Breakwater.
HMS Brazen

#26 - HMS Brazen

UK, England, South East

intermediate
(0)
British Navy Destroyer 'B'-class destroyer built in 1928 by Palmer & Co; and entered service in 1931. Brazen measured 323ft x 32ft with a 34,000 hp steam turbines giving a top speed of 35 knots; she was armed with four 4.7" and 2 anti-aircraft guns, eight 21" torpedo tubes and depth chargers. The destroyer Brazen was escorting convoy CW7 in the North Sea when she was attacked by German bombers on July 21st, 1940 as they traveled through the straits of Dover. She shot down three aircraft before she was hit and badly damaged. An attempt was made to tow her but this proved impossible and she was abandoned and sank some hours after the attack. The Brazen was commanded by Lt. Cdr. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour and carried a complement of 138, of whom one stoker petty-officer died of wounds (after he was taken off the ship) and four stokers were wounded. Diving: Until a few years ago she was standing 8m proud and reasonably intact but in two halves, about 100m apart, the seabed is sand and gravel. Recently she has become buried in the sand and less of the wreck can be seen, however, torpedo tubes, depth chargers and the guns are still present and together with the excellent visibility it's still worth a visit. From Dover HMS Brazen is also known as H80.
Challaborough Bay

#27 - Challaborough Bay

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
The dive site is an easy access dive site used by Tai Diving located at the holiday park for training and underwater photography. Weather major factor as wind can cause the dive to be canceled as it blows straight into the bay causing strong rip and under currents. Marine life is good dog fish/shark cuttle fish crabs spider crabs and the usual fish. Dangers :- surfers and dive boats being launched Dive site is access from beach which has gradual gradient and has close by parking for easy access to the beach by steps or slip way
Devil's Bridge

#28 - Devil's Bridge

UK, England, North West

beginner
(0)
Dive site situated on the River Lune. Diving is allowed between the two bridges at certain times of year. All divers must contact the local Tourist Information Office in advance. Preferred entry is the beach just past the second bridge which allows divers to drift under both bridges. Devil's Bridge is also known as Kirkby Lonsdale.
Eight Acre Lake

#29 - Eight Acre Lake

UK, England, Yorkshire and Humberside

beginner
(0)
Open all year 7 days a week from 10.00am. Lots to see - Puma Helicopter, 5 boats of various sizes, large swim through pipe, body from a reconnaissance vehicle and training platforms. The water is being filtered so visibility can be very good. However, the bottom composition is silt so visibility can be severely reduced by poor buoyancy control. Even then it is a good training experience. PADI courses available from Discover Scuba to Instructor. Good sociable feel all welcome regardless of experience or affiliation. Access from Mires Lane, North Cave only. For sat nav enter Mires Lane, Everthorpe. This will take you to the top of the lane. Go straight to the bottom - do NOT turn right half way down.
Battery Point

#30 - Battery Point

UK, England, South West, Lundy Island

beginner
(0)
Rugged granite bedrock with gullies, canyons and cliffs which are particularly well developed off the northern side of Jenny's Cove. Lundy Island
Carmine Filomena

#31 - Carmine Filomena

UK, England, South West, Lundy Island

beginner
(0)
The seabed near to the shore off surf point is of rock outcrops in sand. The wreck of the 'Carmine Filomena' lies below surf point here and is mainly a pile of plates with some ribs and overhanging surfaces. Good for nudibranch spotting. Lundy Island
Knoll Pins

#32 - Knoll Pins

UK, England, South West, Lundy Island

beginner
(0)
These are two pinnacles, the tops of which are exposed during low water. The pinnacles are covered with life, from the kelp canopy at the top down to the burrowing anemones on the silty bottom. Lundy Island
Brazen Ward

#33 - Brazen Ward

UK, England, South West, Lundy Island

beginner
(0)
Dive about 50m offshore of Frenchmen's Landing (the north side) and continue east for cliffs and rock slopes (similar topography to the intertidal area).
UB-78

#34 - UB-78

UK, England, South East

intermediate
(0)
A UB Type III boat built by Blomm & Voss, Hamburg. This is a WW1 Coastal attack sub commissioned in 1917 and sunk by a mine on 19th April 1918 losing all hands from a crew of 35. She now lies upright and intact on a sandy seabed at 28m she has a list of about 40 degrees to port, but the conning tower, gun and bow are all intact and the blown off stern is close by. There are torpedoes in her bow tubes, the outer hull is now breaking down to reveal the inner pressure hull she is still very intact and easily recognisable. This makes a fantastic night dive as all the brass shows up and both lobster and edible crab are plentiful. By boat from Dover marina or Folkestone.
Volnay

#35 - Volnay

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
The Volnay sank in December 1917 after hitting and mine, but was able to move close to land before sinking completely. Two large boilers are located midship, with a smaller third boiler to the North. Some damage where the mine hit, but most of the ribs are still intact and useful for navigation. Several large fish, crabs and a conger eel can be found amongst the wreckage. The wreck is quite flat due to attempts to blow up it's cargo of anti personel shells, the shells still turn up but you have to dig for them. By boat from various launch sites including Porthkerris or Falmouth. The two large boilers can be used to place a shot line.
Porthkerris Fish Bowl

#36 - Porthkerris Fish Bowl

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
A separate dive used mostly for training on the flat stony bottom. Can be dived independently or on the way back to the beach from a dive at Drawna Rock. Kelp grows on the right of the site near the rocks. This area can be explored at the end of a training dive to look for starfish and sea urchins. Porthkerris. Easy entry via the stoney beach. Entrance to the site cost per diver.
Ilios

#37 - Ilios

UK, England, North East

intermediate
(0)
A well broken up wreck lieing in around 20 metres of water. Known locally as the Collier Wreck. Boilers and Engine block are clearly visible but starting to break down. Soft corals have grown on the wreck and fish can be seen in passing. By boat from North or South Shields Ilios is also known as Collier Wreck.
Porthoustock

#38 - Porthoustock

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
A shallow kelp forest starts just out from the concrete structure and carries on round the rocks to the north. Lots of seabed life including various species of starfish and spider crabs. DSMB's should be used due to boat traffic during the week. Easy entry from the stoney beach. Parking is allowed on the beach, so you can kit up very near the site. Keep to the north (left) side of the bay due to boat traffic.
The Gertrude Wreck

#39 - The Gertrude Wreck

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Steamship, sank 1894, plates boiler & anchor, viz usually good, loads of fish, iron pyrite. Good shelter from East winds. Loads of life. Nudibranch heaven! By boat only. The Gertrude Wreck is also known as Hartlepool.
Helford River

#40 - Helford River

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Use Porthkerris Divers boats to get you on this site. Best dived on an incoming tide, drift up the river mouth with the current, Dogfish, Thornback Rays, Sea Hares and loads of stuff everywhere. Brilliant!!!!!!!! Do not take any scallops, the Helford River is a private fishery, taking scallops is theft. Accessed by boats from Falmouth or Porthkerris.
Seatown

#41 - Seatown

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Boring bimble over sand. Lots of crabs and some flat fish. Not legendary but OK for a training dive. Dorset county. Shore dive, some large pebbles to carry gear over to cross the beach and reach the sea. Car Park right at the edge of the beach.
Burton Bradstock

#42 - Burton Bradstock

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
Boring sandy bottom, some reef further out. Current rund parallel to the shore. Not much to see except flat fish and spider crabs. Pretty boring but OK for training purposes. Dorset county. Shore dive, easy walk down beach, more tricky on the upward slope on exit. Watch the wave heights and do not enter if above 3 ft as you will struggle to exit.
Blue Caps

#43 - Blue Caps

UK, England, North East

intermediate
(0)
The site is named after the blue tone of the rocks above the surface. Divers circumnavigate the island travelling through a shallow gully on the way. Seal can be seen here, as well as impressive walls of Sea Urchins and Anemone. By boat from Beadnell or Seahouses
Big Harcar

#44 - Big Harcar

UK, England, North East

beginner
(0)
The site is a shallower dive usually used as a second dive. It is also a sheltered site if the weather is bad. The dive starts at around 6 metres in an area of kelp and continues on to a deeper rocky bottom. Good site to see seals as there is a colony nearby. They will often swim near the boat during kitting up as well. By boat from Seahouses or Beadnell.
Abessinia Wreck

#45 - Abessinia Wreck

UK, England, North East

intermediate
(0)
The wreck of the SS Abessinia, which hit the rocks around Knivestone and sank in 1921. She was a 5,700 ton German Steamer. The wreck is broken up in places but you can still see the engine, boilers and anchor. The wreck lies in a area covered in soft coral growth with excellent visibility due to the currents. As with all sites in the Farne Islands, you are very likely to see seals on the surface, as well as pups joining you while diving. The wreck lies between rocks which form a variety of gullies to explore after you have seen the wreck. SMB's are required to surface with, due to currents usually picking up at the end of a dive. A boat is required to reach the site. Hardboats and RIBs usually launch from either Seahouses or Beadnell. Best dived at slack water to avoid currents.
Christenson Propeller

#46 - Christenson Propeller

UK, England, North East

intermediate
(0)
The site of the Propeller of the Chris Christenson, which broke off when it hit the Longstone Reef. The wreck lies nearby in deeper water. The propeller stands around 3 metres off the seabed and still has part of the shaft connected to it. Divers can also explore the gullies and steep walls of Longstone island. The walls are covered in Dead Mans Fingers and some soft coral. Seals can also be seen on this dives. A boat is required to reach this site. RIBs and Hardboats normally launch from either Seahouses or Beadnell. Christenson Propeller is also known as Propeller of the Chris Christenson.
Ellerton

#47 - Ellerton

UK, England, Yorkshire and Humberside

beginner
(0)
A large lake with a few sunken objects. 5m platform for training. Things to see include a yacht, fishing coble, speedboat, concrete pipes that you can swim through, Transit Van, caravan and several cars. Enter the Ellerton Park site and take the first left to get to the car park used by divers. Enter lake from small pier a few meters from car parking. Either giant stride into water or use steps. Ellerton is also known as Ellerton Park.
Shoalstone Beach

#48 - Shoalstone Beach

UK, England, South West

intermediate
(0)
Access to the water is down some concrete steps with hand rail to sea front, followed by a small step down onto the rocks. A careful scramble foreword where you may find a large flat-top rock which is ideal to sit on for final kitting up before entry. A reasonably short surface swim to desired depth which is about 8 - 10m depending on tide of course. Once down the sea bed is clean shingle with rocky outcrops an reef. The shingle is great as this results in very little disturbance and low back scatter, which is great for photography. Various types of weed and kelp are home to a great deal of small sea life. There is some current that flows west to east when the tide is on it's way out and east to west when coming in. This is not too strong and can actually allow for a drift dive if you are prepared to walk west towards Brixham breakwater, past the pool and again enter the water over the rocks, then gently drift back towards the Shoalstone car park. This part of the bay was raped by scallop trawlers in 2008 leaving nothing left even just a stone throw from the shore line! Thankfully the life is returning : ) Ian Jakeway _[:] ) A highly recommended shore dive without the crowds found at Brixham breakwater beach but a bit more challenging due to the scramble over rocks and difficult entry and exit during a swell. Shoalstone Beach is also known as Shoalstone, Brixham.
Raglan Reef

#49 - Raglan Reef

UK, England, South West

intermediate
(0)
The outermost point of 'the Manacles' rises from a sandy bottom 42 m below. The water is quite (by UK standards), and the scenarie + life is astounding. By far my best dive in the UK! Because the Manacles lie in the English Channel, the correct timing with the tide is essential. Don't try this dive without a delaid SMB!!! The temperature was 12 deg. C in April, so a drysuit is recommended! The Manacles, Cornwall. Launch a boat from Porthkerris Beach or by a dive package at a local dive shop. Raglan Reef is also known as The Manacles.
Indiana

#50 - Indiana

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
Wreck of 2266 ton British steamer laden with oranges and lemons. Sank after colliding with German cross-atlantic steamer Washington in fog on 1 March 1901. Nice shallow wreck, wreckage is spreadout, but fish life is pretty good for UK.
Howick

#51 - Howick

United Kingdom, Europe

Unrated
(0)
Howick is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in United Kingdom, Europe which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Oceana

#52 - Oceana

UK, England, South East

beginner
(0)
This is the wreck of the P+O liner built in 1888. ALthough currents a minor, watch for tidal effects Oceana is also known as The O.
Pendennis Point

#53 - Pendennis Point

UK, England, South West

beginner
(0)
The first gully contains the remains of a German WWI U-Boat, the UB97. There is not a lot left but it is noticeable by a large '3 pronged fork', most of the wreck is quite flat. The second gully has the remains of UB86. There is quite a lot left of this wreck and it stands 3m high at the highest point, it can be spotted in 2 of the photos on this page. Spend some time here looking under the kelp, it is quite big and full of life. The third gully has a narrow and very scenic route, it winds it way quite shallow before it stops about 6m into a tiny cave. Drive around Pendennis Point along Castle Drive. Go past the car park at the point about 400m and park in the layby. To the left of the layby there is a path, the path splits in two, take the right hand path down the Silver Steps. Entry is best at high tide, low water entry is tricky and not recommended. There are quite a few for the return journey, the handrail is not as strong as it used to be. Pendennis Point is also known as Silver Steps.