5 of the Best Beaches for a UK Holiday

5 of the Best Beaches for a UK Holiday

Choosing where to spend your UK holiday can be tricky. Small as it is, the country offers a vast variety from forests and mountains, cities brimming with history and culture, quiet and rustic countryside retreats and, of course, the great British seaside. Beaches in the UK are arguably some of the most beautiful in the world, and each one boasts its own quirks and natural charm. Whatever the weather and whatever you’re holiday preference, there will be a UK beach for you. To help you narrow down your search, here are 5 of the best beaches for a UK holiday.

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Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is a hugely popular destination for surfers from all over the world. Rocks and cliffs overlook this long, sandy shore with headlands at either end which draws in powerful waves. It’s one of the best surfing destinations in Europe and hosts all the major UK surf competitions, so if you’re hoping for an active beach break, this could be the place for you! Beginners in surfing are also in good company as there are plenty of companies offering surfing lessons for beginners.

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Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Bournemouth Beach in Dorset has been voted the UK’s best beach year after year, and it’s probably because it offers pretty much anything you could want from British seaside experience and more. It may also have something to do with the stunning cliff-line, views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck, 11 miles of golden sand and the fact that visitors enjoy some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK.

This beach is a hive of activity all year-round including events and festivals like the Bournemouth Air Festival, water sports and family entertainment at Pier Approach. However, if you prefer a slower pace, deckchairs, sunbeds, windbreaks, and parasols can all be hired along the beach so you can kick back and enjoy the view.

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Brighton Beach, East Sussex

There’s nowhere quite like Brighton. The beach itself is made up of millions of pebbles rather than sand, and the town itself is as unique as every one of them. The pier is the perfect place to while away a few hours in the arcades and on the fairground rides and nearby you’ll find the British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower, which will take you up 450 feet for an unforgettable view.

During the day you simply can’t miss visiting the famous Lanes shopping quarter; here you’ll find everything from quirky souvenirs to designer boutiques. If you’ve still got the energy after all that, you’ll find seafront clubs and bars offering some of the best club nights in the UK. There are also some fantastic seafood restaurants to try if you have time; visit Coastradar.com to find the best restaurants and accommodation in this area and the rest of the UK.

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Luskentyre Sands, Scotland

If experiencing authentic nature is more important to you than the action-packed beach holiday, Luskentyre Sands in Scotland has no equal. The beach is on the south-west of the Isle of Harris and at high tide is almost completely submerged. The area is home to only a few farmsteads and holiday homes, so it’s the perfect place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy the impressive sand dunes, cycling, hiking, and excellent views.

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Rhossili Bay, Wales

Rhossili was voted Wales’ best beach in 2018 and has managed to stay in the top 10 of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for six years running. When you consider that the beach is just 3 miles in length, these achievements become even more impressive. Rhossili is home to Worms Head, one of Gower’s most famous landmarks and a range of watersports to keep you busy. You may be lucky enough to spot some basking seals or dolphins playing in the surf. Rhossili Bay is part of the Gower Coast Path and not far from the charming village of Rhossili.

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