Top 5 Spots in the UK for Seaside Lovers

Posted on 1 July 2021

Life on the ocean waves… salty hair, sandy toes, rolling waves, and that sea breeze that makes you feel alive. There’s something magical about being by the ocean in summer, you either get it or you don’t, but for our fellow salty sea dogs out there, we’ve put together our favourite seaside spots in the UK.

When you think of the perfect seaside holiday, maybe you’re envisaging soaking up some rays sunny Spain or beach bar cocktails in the Caribbean. Well, we’re here to tell you that dear old blighty has some of the most stunning coastlines that your eyes will grace. Granted, the sun might not always turn up on cue, but the view is something else.

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Northumberland Coast

Northumberland is famous for its rugged landscapes and un-kept countryside. You won’t find posh and polished here, but there is something honest and raw about the dramatic scenery here and you will find much of the same when you head to the coast. Bamburgh is one of the most famous areas of coastline in the area, watched over by the historic Bamburgh Castle, which takes you back in time. On a sunny day, you could mistake its iridescent sandy beaches for somewhere in Spain. You’ll find plenty of pubs, fish and chip shops, and swanky seafood spots for the more highbrow crowd.

During your stay, don’t forget to visit Lindisfarne, Holy Island; a tidal island off the coast that has a fascinating recorded history from the 6th century AD. The island is linked to a mainland by a causeway that is covered by the tide twice a day, so make sure you plan your trip properly and check the tide.

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Cornwall

Cornwall is a surfer’s paradise, famous for its surfing scene due to the country’s impressive Atlantic swell. If you’re not so handy with a surfboard, there’s plenty of opportunities to swim, sail, paddleboard, kayak or take a boat ride… the world is your oyster. It’s impossible to summarise the sheer beauty of Cornwall in a short paragraph, from the sweeping stretches of sandy shores to the drama of the cliff edge coves with wild crashing waves. There are over 400 beaches in Cornwall, so don’t worry about running out of seaside spots.

If you’re a bit of a foodie, Cornwall is a must, especially if you love seafood. Cornwall evokes images of fresh oysters, stuffed crab, lobster, mussels, and more, all caught daily by a local fisherman. Fancy a tipple to wash it down with? Cornwall has become recently famed for its fizz, there are many vineyards in Cornwall that are producing their own take on Champagne with great success due to the climate and quality of the soil in this area of the country.

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Norfolk Coast

Norfolk’s vast sandy beaches draw crowds of visitors every year; boating, crabbing and digging for cockles are just some of the bygones that keep locals and visitors alike busy for hours. Norfolk is famous for the Norfolk Broads, with over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in the stunning countryside. You could say that this is England’s answer to Venice; in fact, we actually have more miles of waterway to explore than the city of water! Back to the beaches, there are 45 miles of beautiful coastline to explore, dotted with quaint seaside towns and chocolate box villages along the way. Visit Wells-next-the-Sea and Cromer while spending a day exploring the coastline.

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Yorkshire Coast

The Yorkshire Coast is home to some of the most picturesque villages in the UK, you’ll be astounded on your visit by the dramatic landscapes and sea views, where you will find the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whilst a vast part of Yorkshire consists of rolling moorland, chocolate box country villages, and rugged landscapes, Yorkshire also boasts some seriously stunning coastal gems. One of the most popular spots, Filey Beach, boasts a glorious five-mile stretch of sand and was even names ‘Beach of the Year’ by the Sunday Times in 2018. Other Yorkshire beaches that you are not going to want to skip on your trip to Yorkshire include Whitby, Runswick Bay, Saltburn, Sansend, North Landing, and Robin Hood’s Bay. 

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Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Wales, benefitting from breathtaking beaches and its own National Park. The beaches are something to behold, many of them holding Blue Flag status. If you’re looking for a seaside holiday with a dose of countryside air and awe-inspiring landscapes, Pembrokeshire has got to be on your to-do list. If you are lucky enough to spend time in this area, make sure you stop off in Tenby and spend sufficient time discovering the many delights that Tenby offers. As one of the most iconic seaside towns in Wales, Tenby is steeped in history and is now a popular holiday spot. There are plenty of beaches to choose from in Tenby, so paddle in the shores and bask in the sunshine until your heart is full and content.

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There you have it, our must-visit seaside spots for your 2021 staycation of a lifetime. We’d love to hear about your favourite seaside locations in the UK, would these locations make your top five list? Your dream glamping holiday coastal location could be closer than you think!

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