Best UK Beaches

best UK beaches

In the UK we’re bombarded with images of deserted dunes, spotless white sands and turquoise tides on a daily basis. On the tube, the TV, buses and billboards, pictures designed to draw us abroad for our holidays loom large… but the real beach buffs know, the brightest coastal gems sit a little closer to home…
The Great British coast line is studded with beautiful beaches, and we think it’s about time they get some recognition. So, without further ado, here’s our run down of the best UK beaches.

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best UK beachesFreshwater Bay, The Isle of Wight

Stunning, secluded and sandy, we love this beach. Very romantic, very private, it’s a great place for a romantic weekend away from it all with your beau.

best UK beachesSt Andrews beach, Scotland

A beautiful view, crystal clear waters and loads of space, this huge sandy beach is a great place to take the family, with plenty of room for children to run around without disturbing anyone. Definitely one of the best UK beaches for kids.

best UK beachesCamber Sands, East Sussex

Especially dramatic at sun set, Camber Sands is a beautifully vast sandy beach, where sea and sky merge almost seamlessly at the horizon. The drive from London is totally manageable drive too, making it a great place for a spontaneous day trip.

best UK beachesLongsands beach, Tynemouth

Set in the wonderfully historical Tynemouth, this beach is popular with visitors of all ages, probably owing to its great location and the wealth of things to do in the area. Surfing lessons are available, too!

best UK beachesBarafundle beach, Pembrokeshire

Azure waters, soft white sand and some lovely childhood memories make Barafundle beach in Pembrokeshire a firm personal favourite. The sea is perfect for paddling, it’s rarely crowded and there’s loads to do just a short drive away.

best UK beachesHive beach, Dorset

Hive beach is vibrant, easily accessible and very family friendly. Children will love to fossil hunt and paddle, while parents will enjoy the great beach amenities!

best UK beachesHolkham beach, Norfolk

Holkham beach is one of Britain’s great, unspoilt treasures. With four miles of beautiful sands to walk across and plenty of shells for the little ones to marvel at, it’s actually surprisingly uncrowded, making it a wonderful place to visit with young children.

best UK beachesCrosby beach, Merseyside

Home to the hauntingly beautiful ‘another place’ sculptures by the Anthony Gormley, Crosby beach is worth a visit purely for the sheer vastness of its shoreline and the peaceful hopefulness embodied by Gormley’s statues.

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