The UK’s Best Seaside Towns

The seaside holiday is a great British tradition and with so many contemporary, comfortable bed and breakfast establishments by the seaside, you’re in for a great time.

These are some of the finest destinations across the UK for those in search of a seaside break.

Brighton

A colourful, creative and unique location for your seaside holiday. A big advantage of the location is the fact that you get the vibrancy of a city combined with the refreshing quality of the sea and beach.

Try visiting the iconic Victorian structure of Brighton Pier or the gorgeous Royal Pavilion during the day, and soak up the ambience at the many cosmopolitan bars and cafes in the evening.

The area is also known for the yearly Brighton Festival and for its arts and cultural scene, so there truly is something for everyone in this exciting town.

Tenby

This picturesque Welsh seaside town boasts miles of unspoilt sandy beach, quirky pubs and cafes, atmospheric cobbled streets and a wealth of history. Make time to go sightseeing and take in the medieval castle walls and the well-maintained Victorian revival buildings.

Tenby also contains part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, perfect for walking, taking in the view of the stunning coastline, and spotting wildlife. Whether you want a peaceful break or are looking to be active on your holiday, this is a varied and attractive holiday destination.

Margate

A leading UK seaside resort, Margate offers the chance to take part in traditional seaside pursuits combined with an exciting cultural scene.

After a day eating fish and chips, building sandcastles, playing in the arcades and strolling along the promenade, visit the Old Town or Margate Harbour Arm for contemporary cafes, shops and galleries.

There are lots of fascinating locations like the mysterious Shell Grotto and lovely Winter Gardens. If you’re feeling energetic, try the four-mile walking route from Margate to Broadstairs.

Southport

Treat yourself to a traditional Victorian-style seaside holiday in this Merseyside coastal town. Containing the UK’s oldest iron pier and the country’s largest area of unspoilt sand dunes, this is the perfect place for a relaxed stay near the coast.

There is also a varied programme of annual events including the Southport Airshow, the UK’s biggest independent flower show, and various music events. Southport is also known for its places of architectural interest and lovely tree-lined streets, said to be the inspiration for the boulevards of Paris.

Penzance

Cornwall is a beautiful part of the country and Penzance is the place to go if you fancy a seaside holiday in the region. Situated on the very tip of South West England, the location boasts a temperate climate that keeps attracting visitors year after year.

There is a varied landscape, from wild moorland to beautiful coastline and clear waters. In this location you will be within easy reach of some of the country’s finest beaches, from wide open areas of sand ideal for surfing, sports and playing with the kids, to secluded coves that make a relaxing and romantic retreat.

Whitby

This Yorkshire sea port is encircled by the North York Moors and boasts a spectacular heritage coastline. The atmospheric, winding streets and picturesque setting make this truly enjoyable location for your seaside holiday.

The town’s two sandy beaches are a good place to play, relax, and take in the views. Whitby is world-famous as the setting for part of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, and is also associated with the explorer James Cook.

The town is also noted for its fresh seafood, locally mined jet jewellery, and the magnificent ancient ruins of Whitby Abbey.

Blackpool

The famous seaside destination remains popular with huge numbers of tourists every year. The 7 miles of sandy beach, plethora of attractions, iconic landmarks and special atmosphere make Blackpool the archetypal English seaside resort.

Here you can enjoy many traditional seaside pursuits such as donkey rides, paddling and sunbathing, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene.

There are lots of well known landmarks to visit such as the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower, and Blackpool Illuminations where you can absorb the full flavour of this renowned resort.