The Best Seaside Towns in the UK
The summer months are here, so why not make the most of the weather and hop off to a seaside town for a well-deserved holiday? You don’t need to go far to have fun in the sun in the UK, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best seaside towns for you to enjoy!
Apparently King George III swam here centuries ago and now, Weymouth is a popular seaside resort with a golden beach, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and an action-packed harbour. Stroll along the promenade to take in spectacular views, enjoy free fireworks displays and check out the Jurassic coastline on the Weymouth Sealife Tower.
Salcombe is home to one of the most pristine beaches in South Devon; South Sands. In the mouth of an estuary, the sea is clear and perfect for adventure activities such as canoeing, catamaran sailing, windsailing and wind surfing. Salcombe offers fabulous bars, restaurants and cafes and accommodation in the area ranges from posh hotels to casual campgrounds.
One of the most popular destinations in Cornwall, St Ives has been attracting artists for decades with its natural beauty. It stands to reason then, that you can visit numerous galleries and exhibitions, as well as enjoy pavement cafes and historic pubs. Take a walk along the white sands of Porthminster Beach, explore the heart of Old St Ives and enjoy a boat trip to discover the local colony of seals.
Mawgan Porth is a picture perfect spot for relaxing, on the north Cornish coast. Apart from acres of golden sands, caves and rock pools to explore, you can trek the South West Coastal Path, try go-karting, do a spot of fishing, go tenpin bowling or attend a surf school to get you ready for the waves. Mawgan Porth has a large array of accommodation options and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Southwold Pier is the best place to take in the spectacular views of the lighthouse and the beach huts lining the golden sand. This quirky coastal town offers a mix of activities, such as golf, super-fast river cruises, a summer theatre with live shows and a unique harbour. Stay in a cosy bed and breakfast or opt for a villa near the sea for the whole family.
Thrill seekers head to Blackpool, for the rides of iconic Pleasure Beach and the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide at Sandcastle Waterpark. The Blackpool Tower Eye offers a 4D cinema and Skywalk with views from floor to ceiling windows. You can also indulge in luxury spas, shopping and chic, beachfront restaurants.
Torquay is home to palm trees, a bustling harbour, a pier and a promenade for leisurely afternoon strolls, as well as the Royal Terrace Gardens, with spectacular sea views over the ocean. You can take in a show at the Princess Theatre, watch sailing events, go on a boat trip around the bay and spend your evening hours in waterfront eateries, pubs, bars and nightclubs.
At the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby combines narrow streets, dramatic ruins and Georgian houses with a bustling fish market, sandy beach, amusement arcades and cute shops and restaurants. To top it off, as the inspiration and setting from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it has an intriguing, gothic vibe.
One of Britain’s favourite playgrounds, Brighton rocks with beach parties, a huge clubbing scene, quirky shops and legendary summer festivals. Make sure you visit the 19th-century Royal Pavilion built by the Prince Regent and the iconic pier for fairground rides, fairy floss and amusement arcades.