Best beaches in the UK

Best beaches in the UK

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Britain’s mainland alone enjoys nearly 18,000km of coastline, making it one of the best places in Europe for a day out at the seaside.

What the UK has in quantity it also has in quality. You’ll find top beaches north, south, east and west. With so much choice, finding the right beach for you can be challenging. We’ve put together a list of the best beaches in the UK to help you find the right one for you and your loved ones. You can even tie in a day out at one of these fabulous seaside wonders with a few nights staycation at one of our parks. From the delights of Devon up to the stunning surroundings of Scotland, this list of beaches each offers its own type of inspiration.

England

England
Coves Haven: the mysterious Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island

In the North East of the country, you’ll be mesmerised by mile after mile of untouched coastal retreats. The beaches around Northumberland holiday parks at Haggerston Castle - Coves Haven and Spittal - are breathtaking in their beauty. Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes are arguably the most well-known of the Lincolnshire area and our Thorpe Park and Golden Sands holiday parks are on hand to host you nearby. The set of beaches on Yorkshire’s Hunmanby Gap are also stunning.

The North West is an area where you don’t have to travel far to be richly rewarded! We’ve got two magnificent holiday parks around Blackpool, home to some of the best beaches in the UK. Marton Mere is just a stone’s throw away from sand, and Cala Gran offers an awesome alternative a few miles north, close to Cleveleys Beach. Lakeland in the Lake District gives guests the best of both worlds: a magnificent gateway to Britain’s number one National Park and scenic drives along the untouched beaches of Morecambe Bay. 

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Great Yarmouth: in the coastal hall of fame

The same can be said for the South East. In Essex, our holiday park at The Orchards is in a premier place for discovering the county’s best beaches, namely the iconic Clacton as well as Frinton and Walton further along the coast. Our Allhallows park, on Kent’s Hoo peninsula has a beach of its own and is an easy drive from iconic Kent beaches like Broadstairs and Margate.

Up in Norfolk, we’ve placed our Caister-on-Sea, Hopton, Seashore and Wild Duck holiday parks strategically around Great Yarmouth, one of the best beaches in the UK and surrounded by other options radiating from its centre. We cover two brilliant areas of the Sussex coast too. The beaches at Hastings and Pagham are a short walk away when you stay at Combe Haven or Church Farm holiday parks respectively. 

The South West is the spiritual home of the staycation, especially considering it hosts some of the best beaches in the UK. Our parks in Cornwall epitomise this. Perran Sands is partnered with Perranporth Beach, a paradise for surfers. Along the coast, Riviere Sands backs onto the lovely Hayle Beach too.In Devon, our Devon Cliffs Holiday Park offers scenic walks with a beautiful coastal backdrop onto the award-winning Sandy Bay Beach. Down in Dorset, we’ve got three parks surrounding iconic Weymouth and its beach. To the east, our Rockley Park site sits in a great position just outside Poole, and nearby Sandbanks Beach is a great option via a drive along the scenic south coast. 

Scotland

Scotland
Ayr: scenic and near civilisation

Scotland is home to some of the best beaches in the UK. Our Seton Sands holiday park overlooks the Firth of Forth as it heads into Edinburgh, and you can admire the view from its beach or the nearby Gullane and Yellowcraig beaches. On the west coast, we host holidaymakers at Craig Tara. Sitting south of Ayr Beach, you’ll spot the Isle of Arran from one of the many sandy stretches here. The beach alongside Greenan Castle is another one of our favourites. 

Read our guide below for an individual guide to each of our top beach recommendations in Scotland.

Wales

Wales

North Wales and Anglesey’s beaches are some of the most pristine places along any part of Britain’s coastline, and the areas around our North Wales parks showcase this glorious quality. Our Hafan Y Mor and Greenacres holiday parks sit neatly on the picturesque Cardigan Bay, and the brilliant Criccieth and Black Rock Sands beach neighbour and equal each other in the running for the best beaches in the UK. Across the massive mountains of Snowdonia, there are more coastal gems. Hop onto Anglesey and see spectacular views or stay at PresthavenHoliday Park and walk from here to Prestatyn Beach. The town has everything needed for a fun-filled family day out. 

In South Wales, three of our parks can be found in pretty Pembrokeshire. Stay at Kiln Park or Penally Court holiday parks and enjoy a short stroll to Tenby one of Wales’ best towns, and beaches, by the sea. Lydstep Beach is another must-visit stretch of sand in the area. Stay in our holiday park there to have this beautiful beach on your doorstep.

If you visit our Quay West park, you'll undoubtedly enjoy nearby New Quay Bay; a beautiful beach that doubles up as a quaint place for fishing boats. 

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