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10 Best Beaches in England and the UK

Whether you want miles of sand, ice cream and donkey rides or hope to catch the perfect wave, these 10 awesome beaches in England and the UK are just what you need for some summer sun.

Beaches in England

1. Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Holkham Beach - Beaches in England

The stunning and secluded Holkham Beach (also called Holkham Gap or Holkham Gap Beach) has no less than three miles of white sand stretching out before you. Sheltered by pine forests and dunes, it’s the perfect place to relax or let your family run wild in all the beautiful open space. It’s located near Holkham Hall in Wells-Next-the-Sea.

At high tide, there is a beautiful lagoon behind the beach, but you can walk across it at low tide.

2. Holy Island, Northumberland

Holy Island, Northumberland

The haunting Holy Island is a magical spot off the Northumbrian coast. Cut off by the tide from the mainland twice a day, it retains a wild and remote feel. A castle and the ruins of a priory are perched on the island, but there’s also an amazing stretch of deserted beach where you can watch out for grey seals and rare birds.

3. Bournemouth, Dorset

Beach houses at Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth has been famous for beach holidays in the UK since the 1800s and, with miles of soft sand and great entertainment, it’s easy to see why the town hasn’t lost its appeal over the years. Although the beach isn’t exactly secluded, it’s a wonderful safe spot for families and has won awards for its cleanliness.

4. Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton Beach, Sussex

Cool and stylish Brighton is a fabulous place for UK beach holidays. Not only does it have a pier and a line of fish and ship shops and pubs along the seafront, but now there’s a new sports hangout – Yellowave – down on the beach.

5. Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay Beach in Cornwall - British Beaches

One of the most popular spots for UK beach holidays, you don’t have to look far to find out why so many visitors flock to Newquay’s shores. From great surfing – plus lots of schools and hire shops – to the vibrant bar scene, it has everything you need from a lively seaside resort.

6. Ainsdale, Merseyside

Ainsdale beach

This wide beach on the Sefton Coast always feels relaxed and peaceful, even in the middle of summer. The big stretches of sand and the dunes seem to soak up the crowds, leaving you with both solitude and good amenities. It’s also a popular destination for kite surfing if you fancy trying your hand at something new.

7. Blackpool, Lancashire

North Pier, Blackpool Beach

Who could forget Blackpool? The vibrant beach is right at the heart of seaside holidays in the UK. Donkey rides, fish n chips, deck chairs, sticks of rock, slot machines – you name, Blackpool’s got it all. The kids will love the thrill of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and mum and dad won’t have trouble finding something to entertain them, too.

Beaches Elsewhere in the United Kingdom

8. South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire., Wales - Beaches in the UK

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a tropical island at South Beach, instead of on a beach holiday in Wales. The yellow sand and soft dunes are the stuff of desert island dreams, and the sea is very safe for swimming.

9. Whiterocks, Port Rush, County Antrim

Whiterocks-Bay, County Antrim, Ireland

If you’re after a view with your seaside holiday in the UK, Whiterocks is the one for you! Limestone cliffs have formed dramatic caves and arches that stretch out to sea. There are great spots for a picnic where you can admire the amazing backdrop.

10. Strathy Bay, Thurso, Highlands

Strathy Bay, Thurso, Highlands, Scotland

Surfers flock to this gorgeous beach on the north coast. The reliable swells, sparkling waters and lifeguards make this an excellent choice for both beginners and seasoned pros.

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