Top 10 British Seaside Destinations

UK Holiday Inspiration by the Sea

Ah, the special smells and sights of the seaside – salty sea air, vinegary fish and chips, sand between your toes, huddled up on the blanket eating your sandwiches. It is a great British tradition that is still going strong today – heading out to the coast for your holidays or even just for a day out. We have the top places to go, so wherever you live in Britain you are not too far away from candy floss, buckets and spades and sugary rock.

Brighton, East Sussex is known as London-by-the-sea but do not let that put you off if all you can think of is smoggy air and no room to move. Brighton is buzzing all year round. The beach may be stony but there is so much to do, from cute independent shops in The Laines to all the fun of the fair at the end of the pier and the iconic flamboyant Royal Pavilion built in 1811.

It may have a rather cheesy reputation but Blackpool, Lancashire has everything you need for a great seaside holiday – fantastic rides, lively nightlife and friendly locals. Climb the Blackpool Tower, which is based on the Eiffel Tower, strut your stuff in the ballroom or visit one of the many festivals held over the summer, from music to agricultural shows.

Lowestoft, on the wilds of the Suffolk coast and the eastern most town in the country, is a port town as well as a popular seaside resort. Visit there for good food and fun times.

Built around a castle dating back to Edward I in 1227, Aberystwyth on the west Wales coast is also a university town and sits on two rivers in Cardigan Bay. You might need your cardigan on occasion whilst here, even if it is just to keep your toes warm as the sun sinks below the horizon!

Aberdeen is a great place as a base for visiting some of the Scottish islands like the Orkneys and Shetlands. This ancient city has great museums and art galleries, a 12th century cathedral and a festival in July and August, so there is plenty to do if the weather is not up to much.

Right on the English/Scottish border is Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland. It has changed ownership 14 times in its history but has been part of England now since 1482. Soak up the history of the place while enjoying your holiday here.

Rye in East Sussex has a murky past full of smugglers, devious sailors and illegal goods. Now it is a delightful compact resort with old winding streets and lovely cafés.

Previously voted as one of the hotspots in the country, Whitby in Yorkshire is a combination of top quality beaches, a bustling harbour and cobbled streets that make wandering around them a delight in itself.

Swanage has gorgeous golden sand, Durlston Country Park and is part of the Jurassic coastline where you can hunt for fossils.

For those of you who are not willing to just lie on the beach all holiday, try Newquay in Cornwall for some of the best surfing in the country. If you fancy self catering, then searching through Cornish cottage rentals will give you an amazing choice of places to stay.

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