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Beach Holidays in the UK

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Beautiful Beach Breaks in the UK

With destinations that are rugged, wild, and secluded, or vibrant and busy, the UK offers holidays for all. Enjoy the best of Britain's coastline, traditional seaside entertainment, white sandy beaches, coastal paths, and some great-value holiday lettings across the country. Whether you're on a budget or want to explore hidden beaches, the UK can deliver.

Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings

Cottage Sheringham
14 Jun - 21 Jun
£60 per night
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Cottage in Sheringham with Garden

Sheringham, North Norfolk District, United Kingdom
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Cottage Glenridding
2 Aug - 9 Aug
£149 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cosy Cottage in Glenridding with Private Parking + Spectacular Views

Glenridding, Patterdale, United Kingdom
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Cottage Whitby
5 Oct - 12 Oct
-66%
£169
£57 per night
Cottage ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Whitby with Pool & Barbecue

Whitby, Scarborough District, United Kingdom
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A stone beach, sea and sky - England
Find a top quality beach retreat that won't break the bank

The HomeToGo Great Britain Beach Index

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Great Britain's coastline stretches for more than 10,000 miles¹, and as explored during the staycation boom of the past two summers, it's home to hundreds of brilliant beaches well worthy of being holiday hotspots. Our data indicates that the demand for coastal stays in the UK continues to grow in 2022, with searches for popular locations such as Tenby, Filey and Hunstanton seeing year on year increases of +55%, +154% and +259%².

With the summer season just a few months away, HomeToGo has swept Great Britain's superlative shores to find the best beaches for holidays in 2022. Looking for locations offering top quality and value for money, this index considers a shortlist of beaches rated at least 3 out of 5 stars by visitors, with a water rating of good or excellent, and where the median nightly price for holiday accommodation in the vicinity is below the UK median at £150 or less³.

Ready to dive into the HomeToGo 2022 Beach Index? Find out which beaches made it into the top ten, and see how they scored, in the table below:

2022's Top Beaches for Summer Breaks: Ranked

Beach
Region
Median price per night⁴
Visitor Rating (★ out of 5)⁵
Water Quality⁶
Index Score (out of 30)⁷
Llandanwg Beach
Gwynedd
£126.75
4.1 ★
Excellent
27.20
Whitesands Beach
Pembrokeshire
£117.52
3.6 ★
Excellent
25.90
Sandbanks Beach
Dorset
£131.79
3.9 ★
Excellent
25.80
Marloes Sands Beach
Pembrokeshire
£135.98
4.0 ★
Excellent
25.70
Sheringham Beach
Norfolk
£134.30
3.9 ★
Excellent
25.50
Ingoldmells Beach
Lincolnshire
£100.73
3.0 ★
Excellent
25.00
Mwnt Beach
Ceredigion
£135.56
3.8 ★
Excellent
24.90
Dovercourt Beach
Essex
£111.64
3.2 ★
Excellent
24.70
Anderby Creek Beach
Lincolnshire
£125.91
3.5 ★
Excellent
24.60
Rhos-on-Sea / Colwyn Bay Beach
Conwy
£129.27
3.5 ★
Excellent
24.20
Langland Bay
Glamorgan
£147.32
3.7 ★
Excellent
23.20
Humberston Fitties Beach
Lincolnshire
£102.41
3.5 ★
Good
22.10
Lytham St Annes Beach
Lancashire
£109.96
3.6 ★
Good
21.70
Bracklesham Bay
Sussex
£136.82
3.1 ★
Excellent
21.60
Goodrington Sands Beach
Devon
£116.68
3.7 ★
Good
21.50
Cleethorpes Beach
Lincolnshire
£120.87
3.8 ★
Good
21.40
Gorran Haven Beach
Cornwall
£118.36
3.5 ★
Good
20.40
Pevensey Bay
Sussex
£146.06
3.9 ★
Good
19.20
Ainsdale Beach
Merseyside
£141.44
3.5 ★
Good
17.90
Clevedon Beach
Somerset
£135.98
3.1 ★
Good
16.70

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Llandanwg Beach, Gwynedd
Llandanwg Beach, Gwynedd

Llandanwg Beach, Gwynedd

Median price per night for accommodation: £126.75

Visitor Rating: 4.1 ★

Water Quality: Excellent

A sheltered, scenic beach in prime position on the west coast of the Snowdonia National Park, with sand dunes, rock pools and Rhinog mountain views.

Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire
Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire

Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire

Median price per night for accommodation: £117.52

Visitor Rating: 3.6 ★

Water Quality: Excellent

This golden sand, Blue Flag beach - one of Pembrokeshire's most popular - has plenty for swimmers, surfers and wildlife watchers to enjoy.

Sandbanks Beach, Dorset
Sandbanks Beach, Dorset

Sandbanks Beach, Dorset

Median price per night for accommodation: £131.79

Visitor Rating: 3.9 ★

Water Quality: Excellent

Well-appointed and highly awarded, Sandbanks has held Blue Flag status for 30+ years and boasts a play area, crazy golf, volleyball nets, deckchairs and more.

Marloes Sands Beach, Pembrokeshire
Marloes Sands Beach, Pembrokeshire

Marloes Sands Beach, Pembrokeshire

Median price per night for accommodation: £135.98

Visitor Rating: 4.0 ★

Water Quality: Excellent

This serene, Green Coast awarded beach comprises sandy stretches and rugged rock formations - a top spot for bird watching and seeing seals.

Sheringham Beach, Norfolk
Sheringham Beach, Norfolk

Sheringham Beach, Norfolk

Median price per night for accommodation: £134.30

Visitor Rating: 3.9 ★

Water Quality: Excellent

Visit this Blue Flag Beach, surrounded by the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at low tide to enjoy its sandy shores and rock pools.

Great Britain's Best Beaches for Summer 2022: Mapped

How HomeToGo Produced this Report / Methodology

¹ “The coastline length around mainland Great Britain is 11,072.76 miles.” - Ordnance Survey

² Search trends are based on HomeToGo internal data observing searches for holiday rentals via hometogo.co.uk taking place between 1st January - 21st March 2022 with a check-in between 21st June - 23rd September 2022, compared with the same period in 2021.

³ Based on HomeToGo internal data, the median nightly price for a holiday home in the UK during summer 2022 is £177.24.

⁴ HomeToGo internal price insight was used to find the median nightly cost of accommodation between 21st June - 23rd September 2022 in the surrounding area of each beach.

⁵ Information provided by thebeachguide.co.uk was used to source a visitor rating for each beach.

⁶ Data from the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs alongside insight from Natural Resources Wales, made available by the Environment Agency and coastradar.com, was used to find the bathing water quality at each beach.

⁷ Find out more about index methodology below:

We used HomeToGo inventory and price data to identify the beaches across Great Britain where the median cost per night of accommodation in the surrounding area during summer 2022 is £150.00 or less. We then created a shortlist of beaches with both a high visitor rating (three or more stars out of five) and good or excellent water quality. The shortlist was then ranked according to these data points (price, visitor rating and water quality). We assigned each data point a representative numerical value between 5 and 10, with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. The hypothetical "perfect score" would be 30 out of 30. We used the following equation in order to calculate this for every factor:

Score(i) = 5 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin ) + 5

Price: We used HomeToGo price insight to find the median nightly cost of accommodation between 21st June - 23rd September 2022 in the surrounding area of each beach. The area with the lowest median price per night was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in March 2022 and prices are subject to change.

Visitor rating: We used information provided by thebeachguide.co.uk to source a visitor rating for each beach. The beach with the highest rating was given a score of 10, and the remaining beaches were awarded a score of 5 or higher.

Bathing water quality: We used data from the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs alongside insight from Natural Resources Wales, made available by the Environment Agency and coastradar.com, to record the bathing water quality at each beach. The beaches with a rating of excellent were given a score of 10, while those with a rating of good are were awarded a score of 5.

The Best UK Beach Holidays on a Budget

The Best UK Beach Holidays on a Budget

What makes a budget beach holiday? Anything from free or low-cost entertainment and events to good-value food choices or self-catering facilities, outdoor games on the beach, and a variety of budget accommodations. Here are some beach holidays in the UK to consider.

  1. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

    Look forward to a good time in Great Yarmouth, regardless of the weather. There are two piers – head to Wellington Pier for year-round amusements – and 15 miles of sandy beaches, with North Beach welcoming dog walkers all year. Don't miss afternoon tea or fish and chips, boat trips to see seals, and hiking on coastal or countryside trails.

  2. Blackpool, Lancashire

    With its famous ballroom, Blackpool Tower and illuminations, this seaside hotspot needs no introduction. From permanent attractions such as Blackpool Zoo and SEA LIFE Blackpool to seasonal concerts, beach hut hire, and white-knuckle rides, there's something for visitors of all ages around every corner in Blackpool.

  3. Brighton, East Sussex

    Enjoy some of the best views 450ft up in the British Airways i360 pod, take a bus tour passing by the unique Royal Pavilion, or ride the oldest electric railway in the country. Explore the city, coastline, or South Downs by bike to make the most of your visit.

Best Places to Stay for Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom

House Saint Florence
5 Oct - 12 Oct
£319 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms

Family Friendly Holiday Home in Saint Florence with Sauna, Garden & Pool

Saint Florence, Pembrokeshire, Wales
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Lodge Llanystumdwy
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-66%
£120
£41 per night
Lodge ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Lodge in Llanystumdwy + Lakeside Views

Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd, Wales
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Apartment Caswell Bay
5 Oct - 12 Oct
£111 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Holiday Apartment in Caswell Bay

4.5
Excellent (18 ratings)
Caswell Bay, Newton, Wales
Free cancellation
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The UK’s Best Hidden Beaches

The UK’s Best Hidden Beaches

Beach holidays in the UK sometimes offer the chance to enjoy the quiet seclusion of some of the best hidden beaches, boasting rock pools, sand dunes, and sea caves.

  • 1. Atherington Beach, Littlehampton, West Sussex

    Just 20 minutes' walk from Littlehampton train station is this rural beach retreat. This shingle beach has dunes to the east, a sea swimming club, and a café for hungry beach dwellers.

  • 2. Sandy Mouth, Bude, Cornwall

    Four miles north of Bude is this small, family-friendly beach. Visit at low tide and explore the rock pools, and stop off at the National Trust clifftop café.

  • 3. Kingsgate Bay, Kent

    Surrounded by white cliffs and pretty greenery, this beach oasis in Broadstairs is the ideal place for relaxation. Other bonuses at this dog-friendly beach include its proximity to a public house and café/restaurant. It's also known for its sea caves, which are promoted as some of the best in the UK.

Recommended Holiday Lettings for Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom

Cottage Halling
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-71%
£290
£84 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Halling with Sauna, Hot Tub

Halling, Medway, England
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Apartment Millendreath
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-58%
£118
£50 per night
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Flat in Millendreath + Amazing Views

Millendreath, Looe, England
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Cottage Bowness-on-Windermere
25 Jan - 1 Feb
-49%
£416
£211 per night
Cottage ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Cottage in Bowness-On-Windermere with Expansive Garden + Panoramic Views

Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, England
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Information about Beach Holidays in the UK

📏 Average size of a holiday home 123 m²
😎 Quietest month June
🛏️ Popular accommodation types Apartment rental and Cottage
🌡️ Warmest weather 17 °C in July and August
🥶 Coldest weather 1 °C in February and January
🌧️ Rainiest months 21 rainy days in August and July

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of holiday rentals are available for Beach Holidays in the UK?

There's plenty of variety available when it comes to holiday homes for Beach Holidays in the UK, with 79,709 Cottage and 55,616 Apartment rental on offer.

Beach Holidays in the UK: what's the average price for a holiday apartment?

With HomeToGo, you can find holiday rentals for Beach Holidays in the UK starting at £14 per night.

Can I find holiday accommodation for Beach Holidays in the UK that's suitable for a family or large group?

Cottage in the United Kingdom can sleep 5 persons on average, with apartments also available for larger and smaller groups.

Can I find group accommodation in the United Kingdom for a beach holiday?

On average 5 people can stay in a Cottage in the United Kingdom.

Can I find pet friendly beach holiday rentals in the United Kingdom?

There are 97,134 pet friendly holiday apartments in the United Kingdom.

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