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After a cold and chilly winter, it’s that time of the year again. Pack away your jacket and winter boots, because summer is finally here! Ready your sun hats and flip flops because we’re going to the beach!
You don’t have to leave the UK to take a seaside holiday. This country has plenty of beautiful beaches, each with their own charms. From Cornwall to Scotland, you’ll find amazing coastal views, fine sand, and plenty of hidden gems.
Great for walking, exploring or surfing, here are the top beaches in the UK for you and your family to visit this summer.
Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall (England)
Recognized for its great water quality in 2017, Treyarnon Bay is a great place to relax and unwind. This beautiful beach is surrounded by sand dunes and low cliffs. Located near Padstow, on the north coast of Cornwall, it is one of the most popular beaches for families. It has long stretches of soft sand, particularly at low tide.
If your children love adventure, they’ll have a great time exploring Treyarnon Bay’s rock pools that swarm with sea life due to the narrow lanes in the area. Street parking is very limited, but don’t let this put you off – there’s a huge car park right beside the beach.
Porthcurno, Cornwall (England)
Located about three miles away from Land’s End on Cornwall’s south-west coast, Porthcurno is a beautiful beach with clean turquoise waters and a spectacular view.
The coastal track surrounding the beach is not to be missed. Stretching from Porthcurno to Land’s End, the track rewards walkers with magnificent views.
Make time to visit Minack Theatre, an open air theatre built on the side of the cliff. During summer, the theatre presents drama, opera and musicals in a truly magical setting.
Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland (England)
Known for its great waves, Bamburgh Beach is the perfect place for surfing. You’ll find plenty of instructors close to the beach if you’re interested in taking a lesson.
Bamburgh is a pristine sandy beach with sand dunes, making it perfect for children.
Another amazing reason to visit Bamburgh Beach is the breathtaking castle nearby. Take a long walk to Bamburgh Castle along the coastal path and enjoy the stunning view.
The water here is not warm, even in summer. But if you’re willing to brave the cold, you’ll find clear water and a pristine shore that you and your family are guaranteed to love.
Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Wales
Rhossili Bay, on the western edge of the Gower Peninsula, is one of the most spectacular beaches in Britain. The most popular beach in Wales, Rhossili Bay has countless walking routes with an excellent view.
It is a long sandy beach, surrounded by sky-high cliffs and is popular among surfers, paragliders and walkers around the world.
If you’re lucky, you may even spot a dolphin or whale while standing on the cliffs.
Brighton Beach, East Sussex (England)
Brighton Beach has a cool and vibrant atmosphere. There is plenty to do here, from visiting the Royal Pavilion and the new British Airways i360 observation tower, to spending your pennies on arcade games at the iconic Brighton Palace Pier.
Next to the pier, you can visit the Sea Life Brighton aquarium, home to giant turtles, sharks and seahorses. Towards the east of the pier, you’ll see the famous Volks Railway. This is Britain’s oldest railway, built in 1883.
Brighton Beach is a pebbly beach, overlooking the English channel. Take a walk along the seafront and enjoy the view of the channel and coast. The beach and the seafront footpaths are clean and well-kept.
Many people take a day trip to Brighton as it is just a 60-minute train ride from London.
Fistral Beach, Cornwall (England)
Known as one of the best surfing beaches in the UK, Fistral Beach is a great destination for surfers and families.
Fistral Beach is almost picture-perfect, with its long stretches of golden sand and cliffs.
You’ll find plenty of top surf instructors on the beach, ready to teach you something new. This is also a great spot for a picnic, or just playing in the sand.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, so you can end your beach trip in style.
Why not stay in the UK for your next summer holiday? Create a fun and memorable summer with your loved ones at these exceptional beaches around the country.