You don’t have to go abroad to get that holiday feeling. Here are our top UK holiday destinations by the sea. Enjoy!
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Crystal clear waters, check. Massive sandy beaches, check. Beautiful secluded coves, check. No, we’re not talking about some Caribbean island – Devon is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the UK. It’s little wonder why thousands of Brits head south to Devon for their summer staycation, with its sandy shorelines and picturesque seaside towns. If you fancy a staycation to Devon, our Exeter hotel is the perfect base.
Want to know more about Devon coastal breaks? Here are some of the best places to visit in Devon:
With its gorgeous scenery and miles of coastline, Salcombe is no stranger to topping lists of UK seaside breaks. But what makes this sunny region so special? Beach bums rejoice! As Salcombe is close to one of the ‘most unspoilt beaches in south Devon’, at South Sands and Splat Cove. Oh, and it’s classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too!
Want to kick back on the beach in peace? The beach’s cove protects the sands from wind, so you can chill out and top up your tan without needing to crack open the windbreaks. And if you fancy a bite to eat, head over to the beach’s pub or café.
If you’re itching to get out there and explore the coastline, the South West Coast Path is a good place to start. This stunning pathway runs the whole length of the south Devon coast, so you’re bound to discover some incredible scenery and photo opportunities along the way.
Brighton is the first place that many Brits think of when they hear ‘UK coastal breaks’, and is the most common seaside break from London. With its long pebble beach, classic blue and white deck chairs, and world-famous pier, there’s no better place to grab some fish and chips before taking a stroll down the promenade.
Dreaming of a Brighton break? Check in to Jurys Inn Brighton to get a good night’s sleep before hitting the beach.
Get ready for the ultimate British seaside town experience with a visit to Brighton Pier. Thrill-seekers will love the gut-wrenching rides (try the Turbo Coaster or the Booster), or if you’re more of a kick back and take in the scenery type of person, you’ll enjoy the famous cup and saucers! Hungry? Visit the pier’s many eateries to get your fill – whether you’re hankering for a chippy tea or a jam doughnut.
Continuously voted as one of the UK’s top ten beaches, Brighton beach is the perfect combination of classic British seaside vibes and trendy after-dark beach culture. Kick back and relax in one of the famous deck chairs, treat yourself to a 99 at the ice cream shop or try your hand at volleyball. One thing’s for sure – you’ll never be bored in Brighton.
Fact: There are estimated to be around 614,600,000 pebbles on Brighton beach!
Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight and discover a plethora of gorgeous beaches, family-friendly resorts, and quaint seaside towns. Nestled off the south coast of England, the isle is famous for its friendly locals and sunny weather, making it a great place to have a staycation.
Take a day trip to the Isle of Wight from our Southampton hotel.
The town of Ryde is located on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight, and boasts one of the best beaches on the island. Spacious and sandy, Ryde beach stretches out so far that Ryde pier had to be built to allow boats to dock. And it’s not all about the sands, sunbathers here get an unrivalled view across the Solent of Portsmouth and the famous Spinnaker Tower.
One of the most popular settlements on the island, Sandown is a traditional seaside town that boasts a gorgeous shoreline and lots to do. Take a stroll along the picturesque Victorian pier, sample a delicious afternoon cream tea at one of the many traditional cafes, or meet the animals at the famous Isle of Wight zoo.
The Pool might not be the most obvious choice when it comes to seaside resorts, but it’s actually home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the north-west. Liverpool is known across the globe for its music, culture, and history, so while you’re visiting this bustling city we strongly recommend paying a visit to its stunning stretch of coastline too!
Discover the perfect base for your Liverpool adventure with Jurys Inn.
What makes Crosby Beach so special? Well, aside from its showstopping views, it’s also home to 100 cast iron sculptures of men created by Antony Gormley, the creator of the famous Angel of the North. There’s also a coastal cycle lane and footpath, so you can ride or stroll along the coastline (we recommend doing this at sunset for an unforgettable experience).
Heading north for your staycation? There are a wealth of stunning beaches in Scotland.
If you’re travelling off the beaten track to the glorious Shetland Isles, you have to make a stop to the stunning St Ninian’s Isle. Here you’ll discover a truly incredible tombolo (a natural stretch of sand with sea either side), which links the isle to the South Mainland. Taking a stroll across this is an unforgettable experience, and it can be easily reached from the town of Bigton.
If you’re taking a trip to Aberdeen for your staycation, Aberdeen beach is a must! This sandy coastline stretches 3 kilometres, and has a quirky, art-deco inspired promenade that’s perfect for taking a mid-afternoon stroll. Oh, and if you’re a nature lover, keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins in the during the summer months.
Planning a trip to Aberdeen? Stay at Jurys Inn for a stylish and comfortable base.
Looking for seaside breaks in Yorkshire? Yorkshire is famous for its rolling hills and quaint stone villages, but it also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Scarborough is one of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns, and with such a long stretch of gorgeous sandy coastline, it’s not difficult to see why. Visit Scarborough, and you’ll be treated to two fabulous beaches – South Bay and North Bay. For a livelier experience, visit South Bay. Here you’ll find a selection of cafes, ice cream shops, theatres and shops backed onto the sands.
Or if you’re dreaming of a more tranquil, chilled out affair, head over to the North Bay. Here you’ll discover a large, family-friendly beach that’s perfect for kicking back and soaking up the sunshine.