The amount of Brits taking foreign holidays has boomed over the last few decades. However, as most things have been over the last year, this summer will be a little different. What with the uncertainty of restrictions this summer, many of us have taken to researching the best holidays in the UK. Britain has a small but stunning coastline and today we will be listing the best British beaches on offer. Whether it’s for a week’s getaway or a day trip, we’ve got one to suit every need.
Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent. It is an ideal staycation destination for almost anyone, with many shops, restaurants, and bars to visit. The half pebble/half sand beach is also a peaceful paradise. Halfway up the coast is Herne Bay, a smaller and quieter town, and halfway in the opposite direction is Canterbury, a larger city with a shopping mecca and plenty of nightlife.
A parade of quirky shops lines the beachfront in Whitstable, including vintage clothing shops, cute cafes, and a place to buy your bucket and spade of course. Whitstable is known for its array of seafood restaurants and hosts the popular fish market in its harbour. Thousands head down to Whistable every summer to make use of their boats or to hire one!
Sugar Sands, Northumberland
It’s sweet -as-sugar name isn’t the only reason Sugar Sands made it onto our list of the best British beaches. It is also a serene, secluded location, perfect for those looking to avoid the crowds as they try to unwind. This one is a bit of a trek from local provisions, so it is best for those fit enough to make the 1.5 mile walk from the car park to the sea. However, the reward for the walk will certainly be sweet when you reach Sugar Sands beach.
Aberdeen Beach, Scotland
Aberdeen Beach is one of the few places in Britain where you can spot bottle-nose dolphins! They pop into Aberdeen’s shore every summer and are becoming more and more prevalent in recent years as we reduce plastic waste in our oceans.
Besides its aquatic visitors, Aberdeen is a classic beach straight out of your childhood, with fish and chips, ice cream, and sand. Codona’s Amusement Park is rigged up at Aberdeen Beach and boasts old-school rides and arcade games. Holidaymakers also frequent the Maritime museum and art gallery at Aberdeen Beach.
Margate has gone through an extensive regeneration project in recent years. The town took a hit as Britain’s tourism trade declined in recent decades, due to the increasing popularity and affordability of foreign holidays. However, since the opening of the Turner Contemporary art gallery in 2011 Margate has turned its rundown reputation on its head. It is now known for its galleries, culture, and many vintage and independent boutiques.
Margate’s beach is a sandy haven, attracting many visitors every summer from larger cities, primarily London. Margate is one of Britain’s best beaches for people looking for a busy and fun-fueled holiday by the sea.
Tenby Beach, Wales
One of the most unique of our beaches, Tenby Beach is actually a series of beaches that stretches for miles up the coast of Pembrokeshire. Whether it’s Tenby North Beach, Tenby South Beach or Castle Beach, you are assured golden sand and blue sea for as far as the eye can see.
Back onto Dunes, Tenby is ideal for anyone looking to relax. The town is steeped in ancient history and includes an array of medieval churches. If you venture slightly out of Tenby’s coast you will come across St. Catherine Island. St Catherine’s island is home to a Palmerston fort and a WW2 Anti-aircraft gun placement. Members of the public are welcome to visit the island and its treasures.
Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Rounding out our favourite British beaches, Carbis Bay near St Ives can rival any foreign holiday on offer. Visit in the right week and you’re assured sunshine along with the white sand and clear blue sea.
Alongside its stunning beaches, St Ives is known for its fantastic restaurants, specialising in seafood and its classic British pubs. It also has a significant amount of culture, including art galleries and museums such as the Tate St Ives.
Before holidays abroad were a common thing, Cornwall was the ‘it’ place for holidaymakers in the UK.
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