Places to metal detect

Places where you can metal detect
Buying the best metal detector is the first step in this hobby. The next thing that you have to do is the research part, where it’s going to be a good spot to hunt for some treasure. That’s not going to be that simple and it usually helps if you can find some olds maps or if you have some history books which have indications of older places or towns. This will improve your chances of finding something old like a small treasure and you want all the ods to be on your side.

Always prepare a plan

Before going out to detect metal, prepare a plan of action of where you plan to go and for how long you plan to metal detect. Another crucial thing, always make sure that the battery last that much and you have anywhere from 1 to 4 hours left.

Some common places to metal detect

  • the beach
  • fields
  • the gardens
  • woods
  • footpaths

I had a lot of success going on the beach, because there are a lot of people going in and out.
If you live in the UK, I suggest going out to Brighton beach. is really relaxing, the beach is large enough that you can spend hours there and there are other fine places along.

I’ll try to indicate from experience which could be some of the great attempts of finding coins. For me, some of the best areas to look when it comes to coins findings are the beach and the woods.

But that often comes with 2 aspects in my mind:

  • how many people are going thru there every day?
  • is it hard to reach there?

Depending on how simple it is going to be to get there and on how many people are usually there then I know for sure if it’s a great area to metal detect.

For the special treasures, the ones are hidden underground from a long time ago I suggest doing research. Look at your library and online in history books and look for hints where actions took place, there was a market and from which directions people came into that area. There’s a big chance that you’ll find hidden treasures.

And the best thing you can do is that you can start from today. You can just start with your own town, find the history and start looking where houses have been. What happened there is crucial, if it was a highly traded route then you know you’re going for a good hunt.

My favorite place is the beach, going out, metal detecting while hearing the waves… it’s something hard to describe. It’s both relaxing and fun at the same time, especially after a hard week at the job, it’s the perfect distraction from all that.


I’m one of the founders of this blog. A 32 yr old from Lincolnshire & proud father of 3 beautiful children. My first metal detector was a garret ace 150 but I am currently using the Garrett ace 400i. My best find was a roman coin. Feel free to ask me any questions.

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Rena Plumridge - March 31, 2019


Am going to the south coast for a few,days and was,wondering if i am allowed to metal detect on Worthing, littlehampton and Brighton beaches. I can’t seem to find out whether or not a permit is needed? If so how do I get One?

Please can you advise.

Much appreciated.

Await your reply.

    Steve - April 1, 2019

    Hi Rena,
    If you plan to metal detect on the beach you definitely need a permit, but that’s easy to obtain. Right now, from what I know, Its completely free and gets issued electronically, but I’ll suggest you read here to see where it’s allowed.

jason flemyng - November 10, 2021

Hey guys! My son is super keen is there anyone we can go out with before we buy a ‘ proper’ detector? We live in london but happy to drive up to two hours? And happy to pay for a guided session? Sunday the 14th?

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