Beaches in the North East
The North East is blessed with some of the most untouched coastal areas on the British mainland. A short drive from the region’s biggest cities takes you to a different world, often after just an hour on the road.
A diverse region made up of rugged coastline, each county we proudly feature brings their own tasty ingredients to the table. At England’s northernmost reaches, beaches stretch untouched for miles, with Northumberland taking the crown of the country’s most spacious county. As you head south, the densely populated Tyneside gives way to cool Yorkshire, home to many of the beaches on this list. The scenery doesn’t stop in Lincolnshire either, where rural roads take you to coastal gems. Household names tie in with undeveloped rural stowaways to bring you a variety of experiences. Here is your quintessential guide to beaches in the North East, and if you fancy seeing the cream of the crop, check out our list of the best beaches in the North East.
Beach history: Tales told at every turn
Beaches in North East England tie in present day beauty perfectly with remnants of a more turbulent time in the past. Northumberland’s Bamburgh is a fitting example of this, its impressive medieval castle imposing itself over the golden sand. You’ll also spot the once Viking-occupied Farne Islands off the coast and Holy Island in the distance, accessed by roadway that reveals itself when the tide subsides.
In Yorkshire, Filey is full of cool throwbacks and was the site of a Roman signal station along its coastline. Wonderful Whitby is further up the coast, home to the Church of St Mary and Whitby Abbey, and the town is neighbours with the enchanting Robin Hood’s Bay, once a smuggler’s paradise with several subterranean passageways linking its beach to the town. Stay at our Golden Sands park to explore these hidden gems.
Down in Lincolnshire, the secluded 50 mile stretch of beaches has been strategically important throughout time, best represented by Grimsby’s place as the largest fishing port in the world as recently as the 1950s.
Beach attractions: take your pick
The North East is a region of contrasts. Yorkshire is England’s largest county, home to some household names not just by the sea but in its big cities too. Northumberland and Lincolnshire are two of the country’s most rural counties. Whichever stretch of coastline you decide to visit, you won’t be stuck for things to do in the vicinity of the beaches in the North East.
Classic seaside towns like Skegness and Scarborough host everything that’s needed for a spot of memory making by the coast, namely amusements, rides and those all-important fish and chips. Railway enthusiasts will love a ride on the Cleethorpes Coast or North Yorkshire Moors steam trains, and Lincoln Cathedral is a more than reasonable excuse for a day out inland. When you stay by a beach in North East with us, you’re guaranteed activities and attractions for all the family.