Top 5 Britain’s beaches that offer visitors memorable experiences

Published on : Friday, June 24, 2016

Top 5 Britain's beachesFrom traditional family fun at the seaside, to remote and unspoilt beaches in the Scottish highlands, Britain’s beaches offer visitors memorable experiences. Whether you’re after sunbathing, surfing, swimming, seafood or solitude, there’s a beach in Britain to entice you.


Here are the top five beaches in Britain selected by us. The details and descriptions of the beaches, however, have been provided by


Bantham Beach, Devon, south-west England

Named number six in Lonely Planet’s 2015 guide to the ten best beaches in Europe, Bantham is a golden bank of sand backed by dunes and one of Devon’s favourite surfing beaches. With soft waves and plenty of surf schools offering lessons for beginners (known in surf-speak as ‘ankle slappers’) the mouth of the River Avon also fires out enough rips and breaks to test even the most radical surfers. Devon is around five hours’ drive from London.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, north-west England

Blackpool, on England’s north-west coast (around 90 minutes from Manchester by train) is one place to go for traditional seaside fun: think ice-cream, arcade games and donkey rides on the beach. A frenetic resort town with the famous Blackpool Tower and an old-school amusement park with vintage wooden roller coasters dating back 100 years, there is plenty to keep children amused here.


Pedn Vounder, Cornwall, south-west England

Perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, around three hours’ drive from Bristol in the south west of England, Pedn Vounder is framed by Logan’s Rock on one side and the Minack cliff-top theatre on the other. A couple of warnings: it’s an unofficial nudist beach, and there is a tricky scramble down the “path” but worth it for the shallow lagoons that warm in the sun. Above, Treen Farm cliff top campsite offers basic amenities but incredible views.


Great for picnics: Camber Sands, East Sussex, south-east England

Head to Camber Sands on the south-east coast of Engand (around two hours by train from London) for a stroll through golden dunes to your own private picnic spot. From the western end of the overflow car park, it’s a pleasant stroll through dunes to your own private patch on the endless sands. If you haven’t bought a picnic, the village’s Rye Bay Cafe is good for lunch.


Bamburgh, Northumberland, north-east England

Overlooked by brooding Bamburgh Castle, this beautiful stretch of wild coastline offers clear seas and huge sands, perfect for a brisk morning walk. Around an hour’s drive from the city of Newcastle, on a clear day you can see out to Lindisfarne Island and the Farne Islands and the pretty village of Bamburgh has plenty of options for fresh seafood – head to The Potted Lobster for delicious dressed crab.


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