The Best Spots in the UK for a Beach Holiday

Most of us love a good beach holiday – especially the kids – yet these sunny holidays can tend to get quite pricey. The UK may not have previously been known for its amazing beaches, but with more and more families saving the pennies and holidaying in Britain, there must be a reason as to why UK beach holidays are becoming a great, cheap alternative.

There are in fact 754 beaches in the UK that have been ranked by the Good Beach Guide in terms of safety, and therefore you are far from spoilt for choice.

With standards rising, Britain is making a name for itself in terms of beach holidays, and we've taken a look at some of the best spots to choose from.

Woolacombe – Devon

Dubbed as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the North Devon coast, Woolacombe has always been a firm family favourite. It has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities, and won the Best British Beach award at the Coast Awards 2012. It’s also a popular spot for surfers, too.

Brighton – East Sussex

Brighton is one of the ultimate beach spots in the UK as it has everything us Brits tend to want from their seaside. Ditch the sand and enjoy the pebbles, alongside the metropolitan promenade with a host of bars, cafes and shops. Keep an eye out for attractions and events at Brighton beach.

Polzeath Beach – Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the most desirable destinations for UK breaks as it’s like nowhere else in Britain. The lifestyle, the attractions...even the weather is all so fantastic. We chose this beach in particular as it’s regarded as one of the cleanest, and is a must visit for surf fanatics or new learners, as it’s a great place to get lessons.

Huisinis – Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris is located 30 miles from the North-West coast of Scotland, so you can imagine just how private and idyllic its beaches are. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet with beautiful scenery, you couldn’t find somewhere more perfect. Sit back on the white sand and stare out into the Atlantic for the ideal relaxing holiday.

The great British seaside

Aberporth – Ceredigion

The resort of Aberporth is like something from a fairytale, and has views of its two beaches from across the cliffs. This is a lovely choice if you like going for a walk, therefore, and if you’re little ones love exploring, they’ll be amazed by the rock pools that become exposed during low tide.

Downhill – County Derry

The sands of Downhill beach in County Derry are definitely some of the most golden in the UK, which stretch approximately seven miles. It’s a great option if you are after some culture as well as relaxation and fun on the beach, as it is literally a stone’s throw away from Magilligan Point and the Mussenden Temple.

Winterton-on-Sea – Great Yarmouth

If you’re looking to escape from arcades and other typical UK beach tourist attractions, this is a great choice as all you’ll see for miles and miles is beautiful sand, or the Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve. If you head slightly north, you can even catch a glimpse of the colony of grey seals that live on the beach, which is bound to excite little ones.

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