Britain’s Best Beaches

Britain’s Best Beaches

Jul 07

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Britain is going to be one of the most popular tourist destinations for Britons this year. Many of us are still feeling the recession and the idea of splashing out on a beach holiday in the Mediterranean or further afield is a little much. Never forget that Britain is an island with more than 11,000 miles of coastline – and some corking beaches. Besides, a holiday at home offers the added benefit of a much-needed boost to our own economy. So pack your bags and jump in your car – if you don’t have one you can always get a hire car but remember to take out hire car excess insurance – and let’s hit the beach!

Best All Round:                                 Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

The Mecca of British seaside resorts, you absolutely have to go before you die. The whole area is now considered one big amusement park, with125 rides and shows, a family theme park, rollercoasters, amusement arcades, stripy deckchairs, and miles of award-winning beaches. To access the park and use the rides you’ll need a wristband with a unique barcode for each day – you can choose the unlimited pass, the plain old pleasure beach pass or the platinum pass, which lasts all season.

Best for Families:                            Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

If you’ve seen classic postcards of the British beach holiday, you’ve seen the best of Weston-super-Mare. It’s the quintessential British beach resort, with golden sand, a historic pier, mini-railway, marine park, arcades and a Victorian-style promenade that hosts dozens of events throughout the year. You can also go on a donkey ride, an age-old British tradition that the kids will love.

Best for Walking:                             Holywell Bay, Cornwall

Not far from the ever-popular Newquay you’ll find Holywell Bay, well known for its excellent walks and prime surfing. At low tide the beach extends for more than 150m out to the breakers, and you’ll even be able to see an old shipwreck that’s been there for more than 70 years. You can also access Holywell Cave, where you’ll find rock pools and mineral structures – just watch out for the crabs!

Best for Swimming:                        West Wittering, Sussex

West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations. With exceptionally clean and clear waters, the beach boasts excellent facilities including a wind- and kite-surfing club. It has received the premier Blue Flag award for the quality of its water, for its golden sand and manicured park areas, and the area is well-known for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty.

Best for Culture                                St. Ives, Cornwall

If Blackpool isn’t quite your cup of tea, look no further. Named Best Seaside Town in 2007, it’s easy to see why St. Ives is so popular. It’s extremely picturesque, the views are beautiful, the sea is a wonderful turquoise in summer, and there’s plenty of culture to satisfy the more sophisticated traveller – there’s the Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture gallery to name just two of the highlights.



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