Top 4 Beaches in the UK

Just because you’ve opted for a staycation this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day at the beach! Whether you’re saving a few pennies this season by spending your summer holiday in the UK or are visiting the destination whilst you’re on holiday, these top beaches in the UK should be at the top of your must-visit list.

Top Beaches in the UK: Porthcurno beach, Cornwall
Porthcurno beach, Cornwall via Flickr, Paul CC 2.0

Top Beaches in the UK

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Described by some as a paradise (and we’re not arguing!) Porthcurno beach looks like it’s been taken straight out of a Caribbean holiday brochure, but it’s actually located in the far south west of England in Cornwall. This multiple award-winning beach has soft golden sand as far as the eye can see, lapped by a gorgeous aquamarine-coloured ocean. The rugged grass-topped cliffs which line the beach not only look beautiful, but provide some much-needed shade from the summer sunshine, too.

Top Beaches in the UK: Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk via Flickr, Edd CC 2.0

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

When most people think of a UK beach, they imagine colourful beach huts, ice creams with chocolate flakes and fish and chip shops aplenty – this is exactly what Wells-next-the-Sea beach is. The only downside is that when the tide is out, it really goes out. So much so that you’ll almost not even be able to see the sea. But if you don’t mind a bit of a walk, you can pad along the fine sands and have a splash about in the small waves which crash onto the shore.

Top Beaches in the UK: Bantham, Devon
Bantham, Devon via Flickr, Tori CC 2.0

Bantham, Devon

For incredible surf, it’s tough to beat Bantham Beach. One of Devon’s premier coastal hotspots, this beach has mellow waves for newbies and more challenging rips and breaks for pros. The neighbouring Bigbury Bay is shallow and sandy, providing the ideal swimming location for those not into surfing. As well as the sea and the sand, the other main reason to visit Bantham is the Gastrobus – a food van parked in the onsite car park which serves gourmet burgers, freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade cakes, coffee, soft drinks and ice cream, all made from locally-sourced ingredients.

Top Beaches in the UK: Runswick Bay, Yorkshire
Runswick Bay, Yorkshire via Flickr, Terry CC 2.0

Runswick Bay, Yorkshire

Whilst it once provided an anchoring spot for brightly coloured fishing boats, today Runswick Bay in Yorkshire is the place for families and couples to paddle in rock pools, hunt for fossils and enjoy leisurely coastal walks. The red-roofed cottages and grey stone sea walls which back this impossibly pretty beach could trick you into thinking you’re in a holiday postcard. But the smell of the salty marine air and the feel of the sea rushing over your feet will tell you this is a reality.

If you want to do a bit of beach-hopping but don’t have any transport, consider hiring a car in the UK – it will work out much faster and more efficient than taking public transport. If you’re visiting the UK on holiday, you can even hire a motorhome so not only will your transport be covered, but your accommodation will be taken care of, too.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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