Beaches are one of Britain’s greatest assets. According to the national mapping agency Ordnance Survey, the coastline of mainland Great Britain is 11,000 miles long. This equates to a huge assortment of beaches and seaside resorts to select from for Brits when planning a staycation.
From stark but beautiful Sandwood Bay in the North of Scotland to the wreckers’ beaches of North Cornwall, the collection encompasses family-friendly seaside towns like Skegness, Blackpool, Margate and Brighton. Speciality locations like the so-called English Riviera, the Jurassic Coast and the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales provide stunning backdrops and bays suitable for leisurely strolls and days frolicking in calm seas.
For those looking for fun and a traditional British seaside holiday, Blackpool is hard to beat. Blackpool beaches features miles of golden sands interspersed with the iconic sights of three piers and Blackpool Tower. Central Piers 33-metre high big wheel is another landmark site and one of the numerous fairground attractions which complement ‘Sea Life’ Blackpool, the Winter Gardens, Pleasure Beach, Madame Tussauds and the Golden Mile.
At the heart of a portfolio of pristine Blue Flag beaches, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park provides a holiday destination with a difference. Musselwick Sands, Tenby North Beach and Barafundle Bay are a trio of the great beaches in this far-flung corner of Wales. Activities opportunities are not lacking in this area either. Holidaymakers are able to enjoy hiking, windsurfing, fishing and from St Brides, take a whale-spotting cruise.
North Cornwall is a beach country extraordinaire. Although actually in Devon, Welcombe Mouth is the first of the top beaches along this windswept coast. Soaring cliffs offer a dramatic backdrop to beaches at Morwenstow, Bude, Crackington, Cambeak, Tintagel, Polzeath and Bedruthan Steps. Party town Newquay is a little south of Bedruthan. The legendary surfing beaches of Fistral and Porthtowan are near Newquay.
The English Riviera is a stretch of South Devon coastline encircling Babbacombe, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Broadsands, Saltern Cove, Goodrington Sands and Meadfoot Beach are just a few of the stunning beaches on the Riviera. The unusual sight of palm trees in Britain, Babbacombe Model Village, a ride on a Dartmouth Steam Railway train and Paignton Zoo are unique experiences here.
Since the dawn of the steam train, Margate has been one of the most visited seaside towns in Britain. The Victorian buildings lining the esplanade overlook the gigantic swath of golden Margate Main Sands. Building sand castles, paddling, amusements, fairground rides and quintessential seaside treats such as fish and chips and candy floss are the same as they ever were. The retro rides and features at the restored Dreamland Park and the Turner Contemporary Art Museum have added to the draws of a holiday in Margate.