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.
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Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Destinations
Beach Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings
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
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.
Brighton - with its traditional pier, quirky aesthetic and famous Pride festival - storms into 1st place, with 5.7 million hashtags
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
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.