Travel: The Best Coastal Resorts In The UK

Sometimes, it’s nice to get away and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The UK has some excellent coastal regions, each with something different to offer. You can get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing break, or indulge in some more active pursuits with a sporty adventure.


The region is famous for its surfing, so if you’re looking for an active holiday, then it could be ideal for you. You could visit Harlyn Bay for a great surfing beginner’s beach. Or, you can tackle Fistral if you’re a seasoned surfer.

If you want coastal charm and tranquility, head to Perranporth with its miles of golden sand. The village itself is also an excellent way to experience an authentic Cornish seaside town. There are plenty of great waterside hotels in Cornwall too, such as the Old Bridge House in Looe, to make the most of your seaside escape.

North Wales

Hidden away in a corner of the UK, North Wales offers rugged coastlines and quiet beaches that are perfect for escaping to when you need a break. The island of Anglesey offers some fabulous beaches, with most of them gaining recognition for their beauty. There are also five lighthouses to be found on the small island, so you can have fun exploring the charm of the area.

If you want more of a lively seaside town, then head to Llandudno. It’s old Victorian pier, and stunning promenade is a must-see, and give it an elegant feel. There is also a great mix of independent and high street shops there, just in case you need some retail therapy while you are away.


There are 93 miles of coastline to explore in Norfolk, so you’ll never be short of beaches to visit. The area prides itself on having family-friendly, clean and unspoiled beaches so you can rest assured you will have a great break here. There are the flat sand areas between Cromer and Hunstanton with some stunning views, or you could head to one of the larger towns for a more lively stay.

Great Yarmouth offers plenty for every visitor, including the world’s largest rock shop on Regent Road. You could also take a boat trip at Scroby Sands to see more of what the area has to offer.

Scotland’s West Coast

Home to white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, Scotland’s west coast, can be a surprising change to the seaside towns of the rest of the UK. Sutherland offers one of the most stunning and remote beaches in the country, Sandwood Bay.  It is ideal for those looking to escape it all and find somewhere unique.

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route

If you want an adventure holiday, then this could be ideal for you. Discover Northern Ireland have put together a five-day driving tour of the Causeway Coast, starting in the capital of Belfast. It takes in beautiful seaside towns such as Carrickfergus and Cushendall.

The highlight of the trip is a visit to the Bushmills distillery and the neighboring UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway.