Seaside holidays have been popular in Britain ever since the early nineteenth century when railway tracks meant those in the city could easily escape to the coast at the weekend. Deckchairs, Victorian piers, donkey rides and fish and chips conjure up the sights and smells of a traditional holiday to the sea. Venture to the coast today for a seaside holiday where old-fashioned charm meets beautiful beaches to rival those in Europe without the hassle of getting on a plane.
Here is our guide to some of the best coastal resorts in the UK.
Coast meets culture in the historic North Yorkshire town of Whitby. There are two beaches in Whitby separated by the River Esk which in total offer more than two miles of golden sand for sunbathing, paddling and barbeques. Those looking for a more traditional seaside escape will enjoy the pier and donkey rides on offer in Whitby; a must for any family holiday.
If you’re looking for a taste of history, why not visit the ruins of 13th century Whitby Abbey said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula? Wind your way through the narrow streets and discover independent shops, perfect for purchasing a special memento of your holiday.
Cornwall is hard to beat when it comes to location and attractions and the pretty seaside town of St Ives is no exception. The St Ives Bay boasts 50 miles of golden sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing or dolphin spotting from the shore. Early risers will enjoy watching the fishermen unload their catch on the granite quay before choosing which of the local restaurants to enjoy the freshest fish in.
Once you’ve caught a few rays, venture into the charming town of St Ives and explore its cobbled-streets. Art lovers will enjoy the exhibitions at Tate St Ives and the numerous opportunities to purchase works by local artists in galleries throughout the town. Find a cottage in Cornwall to rent and explore the region at your leisure to enjoy a holiday tailored to you.
The Kent coast is the seaside escape of many Londoners and Ramsgate is no exception. Within easy reach of the capital, Ramsgate offers everything you would want from a seaside holiday. This lively seaside town is home to a busy marina; the perfect place for watching the world go by with a cold drink in hand.
Located close to the marina is Ramsgate Main Sands, a 250-metre stretch of golden sands which has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status. Stroll along the promenade as the sun sets or enjoy a portion of fish and chips straight out of the paper. For a taste of a 1950s seaside holiday, a visit to the traditional arcade to try out the vintage amusements is a must. Hire a deckchair on the beach and transport yourself back to life in a simpler time for the perfect seaside holiday.