Are you still hoping to get away this summer? Many people’s original holiday plans have been dashed by the coronavirus outbreak, with international travel still looking risky in large parts of Europe and beyond. Yet various domestic travel providers have reported surges in bookings in recent weeks as people look to enjoy breaks a little closer to home.

The good news is you’re not short of places to go. The UK is brimming with many beautiful beaches you may never have known existed, with each destination offering its own identity, features and traditions.

So where should you add to your list? Read our round-up of five of the best UK beach holidays below to help plan your next trip.


What’s not to like about Brighton? From its iconic pier filled with arcades and food stalls to the electric vibe buzzing from nearby beach bars, it’s a fantastic place to be for family, friends and partners alike. Getting the train to Brighton is easy too as its station is only a short walk from the seafront. Bear in mind much of the beach is covered in rocks and pebbles – so pack some sturdy shoes!

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

Woolacombe Beach is another seaside destination that caters to all generations. Athletic types can enjoy a spot of surfing or bodyboarding, while families have plenty of room to spread out on the sand.

Or perhaps you just want to sit back and chill with an ice cream in hand? There are plenty of handy facilities nearby too.

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

If you want to get away from the crowds while still enjoying a spectacular coastline, Barafundle Bay could be one of your best bets.

Its quietness is due in part to the fact that it’s a half-mile walk to the car park, so be prepared to keep your gang motivated. Once there you’ll be rewarded with a crescent-shaped bay that could just as easily be in the Caribbean.

Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Bournemouth’s seven-mile stretch of sand picks up awards year after year for its beach holiday credentials. Its traditional promenade is packed full of family-friendly facilities, while beach huts are available to rent for the day and feel that bit more comfortable.

Just be prepared for crowds on a warm weekend – you can’t have somewhere this good to yourself.

Filey Beach, Yorkshire

Heading north, Filey Beach in Yorkshire is another enormous expanse of sand with plenty of appealing amenities crammed in the middle, including arcades, cafes and clean toilets. Children and dogs alike will enjoy exploring the rockpools, while walkers can stretch their legs in the local area too.

Will you take a stroll on any of these beaches this summer?

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