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Best Seaside Towns to Visit UK

20 July 2023


Not going abroad this year? Not a problem! Staycations are still all the rage, with many opting for the hidden gems of the UK instead of flying across the water in search of relaxation. 

With so many stunning coastlines, it can be hard to pick a favourite destination. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favourite English seaside towns — from the golden sands of Cornwall to the jagged cliffs of Eastbourne — to help you find the perfect getaway.

Whether it’s a wellbeing retreat, a couple’s getaway, or a family staycation, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

1) Newquay, Cornwall

Topping our list, Newquay, which was once hailed one of the most popular English seaside towns, is perfectly situated along a large stretch of immaculate coastline. 

Take a stroll along the Tolcarne beach, go on a fishing boat, enjoy crabbing in the harbour, sip a coffee on the promenade, or indulge in a little shopping; when it comes to Cornish holidays, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities!

Located right on the beachfront, The Beresford Hotel is a wonderful coastal retreat, ideal for all the family. With a variety of room options and delicious dining experiences, you’ll have a fantastic stay in Cornwall this summer. 

2) Ilfracombe, Devon

If you prefer cream first on your scones, then head over to Devon to enjoy a relaxing escape along the Jurassic Coast! 

Famous for its clear waters, thriving tourism trade and exemplary beaches, Devon certainly brings the ‘holiday-abroad’ vibe home.

To make the most of your stay, book one of the 98 comfortable rooms at the delightful Dilkhusa Grand Hotel in Ilfracombe. 

Ilfracombe, a picturesque English seaside town nestled along the North Devon coastline, offers stunning beaches, local restaurants, charming shops, and a thriving art gallery scene. 

Enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in the hotel restaurant, or unwind in the inviting lounge and bar. In the evenings, enjoy a sunset stroll along the beach, or opt to stay in and experience live performances in the spacious entertainment suite. 

If you’re looking for a little adventure, it’s ideally located on the South West Coast Path — the perfect destination for a rambling holiday.

3) Eastbourne, East Sussex

A family-friendly place to visit, Eastbourne has plenty to offer. Enjoy a walk along the seafront, head to the pier for arcades and games, meander through the summer markets, or hop aboard the Dotto train! 

One of the quieter English seaside towns, Eastbourne has plenty to offer all year round. Why not stay in the Burlington Hotel? A beautiful, Victorian building nestled along the seafront, you’ll be ideally located in the heart of the town. 

The popular 19th-century pier, complete with a 1930s bandstand, has plenty to offer — including live music events.

No trip to the beach is complete without an indulgent ice cream; we recommend popping over to Gelato Famoso to experience the best flavours around!

4) Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

With arcades, cafes, fish and chips, rides, and entertainment galore, Great Yarmouth is the ultimate family destination!

Boasting a pristine beach and thriving town, it’s a firm favourite for both children and adults alike. 

When it comes to finding the perfect accommodation, look no further than The Carlton Hotel

Situated at the heart of the action, it’s just steps away from Pleasure Beach, offering endless entertainment for all ages. With 97 spacious and comfortable bedrooms, The Carlton Hotel ensures a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Renowned for its exceptional entertainment and offering a diverse lineup of acts throughout the week, it’s certainly one of the best hotels in Great Yarmouth for a truly memorable experience! 

Take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant, serving a wide range of delectable dishes, or head out for the evening to enjoy a picnic on the beach; whether you’re planning a short break or a longer holiday, The Carlton Hotel provides the perfect base for exploring all that Great Yarmouth has to offer.

5) Weymouth, Dorset

Weymouth offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and charming seaside atmosphere. 

Listed as one of Europe’s top ten beach destinations, the Blue Flag-winning Weymouth beach promises pristine sands and captivating coastal charm. 

Explore the seafront, bustling with an array of delightful restaurants, cafes, shops, and arcades, for an unforgettable day by the seaside. 

Steeped in historic architecture and boasting picturesque vistas of Weymouth Harbour, The Royal Hotel in Weymouth promises a well-deserved break for all.

A stone’s throw from the hotel, you can pop down to the beach to enjoy a variety of water sports, followed by traditional fish and chips by the sea for a great weekend getaway.

So, if you’re planning a holiday in one of the best English seaside towns, we recommend any of the hotels on our list for a quintessential, charming retreat suited for friends, families, and couples alike. 

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To find out more about our Coast and Country hotels, or to book your break, please contact a member of our team

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover how a UK detox retreat can improve your health and wellness?

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