Top 10 beaches in the UK

Top 10 beaches in the UK

Looking for somewhere closer to home to go on holiday? Or simply for the day? Britain is home to some truly stunning beaches that can often get overlooked; however, we are here to show you just why you should take the time to visit the beaches that are right on your doorstep. There are so many to pick from, but here, are just ten of the top beaches in Britain…

1)  Watergate Bay, Newquay

Watergate Bay

Cornwall is well-known for its stunning beaches, and Watergate Bay in Newquay certainly does not disappoint. With two miles of pure golden sand, which is set in a beautiful backdrop of cliffs and caves, it is certainly one of the most fashionable beaches. For surf lovers, this is a perfect spot, as you can guarantee good, surf friendly waves, or you can spend your day spotting crabs in the rock pools. When you get hungry, you can sample the delights of one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants. It really is one not to miss, and deserves this top spot. 

2) Blackpool Sands, Devon

Blackpool Sands

The Blackpool Sands are located three miles south-west of Dartmouth, and this small, sheltered spot is a brilliant place to visit if you are thinking of taking your family. The beach itself is backed by wooded hills, and the usually calm waters are so clear and clean that it is the perfect swimming spot, although obviously, care should be taken and is not advised if the sea appears to be rough. For all you sport lovers out there – you can also hire kayaks and paddle boards and really go exploring the area.

3) Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay in Wales has regularly been voted the best beach in the UK, and often features on the top favourite beaches in Europe, so it is very easy to see how it deserves its place in our list and is well worth a visit! The bay has three miles of sand, and you can look right out across the sea to West Wales. You can walk along the cliff tops to the Old Coastguard Lookout, where you look down at the grey seals on the rocks. This really is a place to visit, and truly one of the most beautiful beaches there are in the UK. 

4)  Camber Sands, East Sussex

Camber Sands

Camber Sands is a huge seven mile long stretch of pure golden sand, hidden behind beautiful dunes. At low tide, the beach is as much as one and a half miles wide, which is good, as this beach does get incredibly popular and busy during the warmer months. The beach is beautiful at sunset, and is popular with horse lovers who come with their horses and take a ride down the beach. If you are looking for a slightly quieter day out at the beach, you’re in luck, as the western end of the beach is very quiet and relaxing. 

5) Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay offers stunning views right across the Lake District, and on a clear day you can see for miles. There is so much to see in this small seaside town and the long stretches of sandy beach is the perfect location for relaxing and admiring the views. Morecambe lends itself to some of the most stunning sunsets in the country and there is no better place to witness this that than from the warm sandy beaches of Morecambe Bay. Whilst you are there as well you can take a wander up the promenade to visit the famous statue of comedian Eric Morecambe. 

6) West Cliff Beach, Whitby

West Cliff Beach

Whitby is such a beautiful area of England, and this beach does not disappoint. It offers everything that you would expect, and is surrounded by cliffs offering the most perfect backdrop. This traditional seaside offers everything you could want for a fun day out, including amusements, buckets and spades and ice creams. Part of the beach is both sandy and rocky, and it is advisable to take care in the rocky areas, particularly if you are visiting the beach with young children. 

7) Portstewart Strand, Co Londonderry

Portstewart Strand

Portstewart Strand is an incredibly beautiful beach and well deserves its place on the list; however, because not many people associate Northern Ireland with idyllic beaches, it can often get forgotten. But, the reality is that there is a glorious two mile stretch of golden sand, and is a much loved treasure, albeit to locals. Whether you are travelling by with your family, friends or partner this spacious beach is absolutely perfect, and should definitely not be written off. 

8) Porthcurno, Cornwall


As you would expect there is more than one entry from Cornwall on the list. They are a county known for having some of the best beaches in the United Kingdom, and Porthcurno is certainly no different. This beach is just three miles from Land’s End, and is a perfectly unspoilt beach that is surrounded by cliffs. The fine, white sand will make you feel that you are actually abroad, as it is that idyllic. Although, as you would expect, this beach does get incredibly crowded during peak seasons, there is a large car park just two hundred yards away from the beach, so you do not have to travel far. 

9) Luskentyre, Isle of Harris


This large beach is the perfect place for you to come and relax. It features large, sandy expanses of beach with the most amazing views. It is surrounded by rolling hills, and you really can lie down and forget all of your troubles. The blue seas are so bright and clear, you will feel like you are somewhere far away. The island itself is absolutely beautiful and is a perfect destination for couples who are looking for a nice, romantic break away.

10) Sandbanks, Poole



Located right on the south coast of England, Sandbanks is the perfect location for those looking for a nice family holiday destination that is a little closer to home. These huge beautiful, sandy beaches are perfect for those who are looking to relax, or have fun and built sandcastles. On top of this, if you like watersports, such as wind surfing and paddle boarding, Sandbanks is the perfect location for you to try this. This really did deserve the final place on our list, and is really worth visiting if you have the chance. 

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