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Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Destinations

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

Holiday park Porthcawl
Holiday park ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
from £124
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Holiday park Porthcawl
Holiday park ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
from £128
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Holiday park Pwllheli
Holiday park ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
from £43
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Holiday park Llanystumdwy
Holiday park ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd, Wales
from £41
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Holiday park Porthcawl
Holiday park ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
from £153
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Holiday park Porthcawl
Holiday park ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
from £86
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Holiday park Dinas Cross
Holiday park ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire, Wales
from £86
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Holiday park Towyn
Holiday park ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Towyn, Kinmel Bay and Towyn, Wales
from £36
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Holiday park Kinmel Bay
Holiday park ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Kinmel Bay, Kinmel Bay and Towyn, Wales
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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 Saundersfoot
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales
from £123
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House Pwllheli
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
from £98
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House Saundersfoot
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales
from £130
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The 19 Most Instagrammed Beach Towns in the UK

Where are the hottest beach destinations this summer? Choose one of these Instagrammable seaside towns and start snapping!


With more and more UK travellers choosing domestic holidays this year, HomeToGo has researched the 19 most Instagrammed British beach destinations. From beautiful landscapes to colourful beach huts and luscious-looking food, these seaside towns have everything you need for that perfect shot - and for a holiday to remember.

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Brighton - with its traditional pier, quirky aesthetic and famous Pride festival - storms into 1st place, with 5.7 million hashtags

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Cornwall and Dorset are tied for the most Instagrammable county, with 3 towns each making the top list

Who needs to spend hours on a plane, when the UK has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Don’t just ask us - these 19 British beach towns are Instagrammer-approved, and we guarantee they’ll look fantastic on your feed.

The UK's Most Instagrammable Beach Towns

Rank
Destination
County
Number of hashtags
1
Brighton
East Sussex
5,700,000
2
Plymouth
Devon
1,500,000
3
Bournemouth
Dorset
1,400,000
4
Portsmouth
Hampshire
1,300,000
5
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
1,200,000
6
Blackpool
Lancashire
1,100,000
7
Swansea
Swansea
964,000
8
Whitby
North Yorkshire
744,000
9
Newquay
Cornwall
693,000
10
Torquay
Devon
613,000
11
St. Ives
Cornwall
593,000
12
Margate
Kent
590,000
13
Falmouth
Cornwall
504,000
14
Southport
Merseyside
462,000
15
Eastbourne
East Sussex
459,000
16
Worthing
West Sussex
348,000
17
Poole
Dorset
326,000
18
Weymouth
Dorset
319,000
19
Whitstable
Kent
290,000

Methodology: HomeToGo’s search data was used to identify the 100 British beach towns with the most searches on hometogo.co.uk between 1st June 2018 and 31st May 2019. The top 19 are the destinations from this shortlist with the most Instagram hashtags. Data was collected on the 17th June 2019.

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

House Benllech
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Benllech, Llanfair-Mathafarn-Eithaf, Wales
from £62
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House Abersoch
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Abersoch, Llanengan, Wales
from £93
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House Abersoch
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Abersoch, Llanengan, Wales
from £105
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5.0
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