There’s nothing more refreshing than a seaside getaway in the UK. There’s so much to explore along our beautiful coasts - from the amusement-lined promenades and vibrant seafronts of family resorts to the peace and tranquillity of picturesque fishing villages. From Cornwall to Blackpool, to great coastal walks, there’s something for everyone on a beach break in the UK. Soak up every last ray and savour every last chip by the seaside this summer, what will you do?
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Buckets and spades at the ready – it’s time to head to Great Yarmouth, where you’re just a short drive from the beach. This lively town has something for everyone – whether you want to get wild at the eclectic Hippodrome circus or tee off at Pirates Cove Golf. With miles and miles of powder soft sand, donkey rides, buzzing arcades and all the candy floss the kids can possibly dream of, it’s an eternal family favourite.
Clacton-on-Sea is a classic family favourite – a lovely stretch of golden sand jam-packed with things to do. Explore the famous pier, try your luck on the slot machines or see what you reel in while sea fishing - there’s plenty of seaside fun to be had, day or night. The kids will also love the unusual Clacton Zoo - set in a 200 year old Martello tower, it’s home to lots of cuddly animals from around the world.
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Beautiful Bournemouth is one of the UK’s all-time favourites, thanks to its miles of sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife and gloriously green gardens. Our Bournemouth Central hotel is just moments from the golden sand and sparkling sea, so grab your swim stuff and make a dash for the water. If making a splash isn’t your thing, try your hand at fossil-hunting – you never know what you’ll uncover along the Jurassic coast.
Weymouth is packed with rich history and folklore just waiting to be discovered. Explore the town’s 17th-century harbour, sample its Georgian heritage and take in the spectacular views across the bay – it’s sure to be a new favourite. While you’re in Dorset, Nothe Fort is a must-see, too - it’s a labyrinth of mysterious passageways with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.
Wake up to stunning sea views right on your doorstep at Worthing – the perfect West Sussex getaway. With five glorious miles of coastline to take in, head for the water and absorb the tranquillity or get a taste of local history at the magnificent Castle Goring. Look a little further afield and you’ll find lush green countryside, historic country houses and lots of beautiful parks to explore, too.
Best coastal hotels for families
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Portsmouth is almost as famous for its history as it is for its majestic beaches. Portsmouth is the birthplace of authors like Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, and has museums dedicated to D-Day and other historic landmarks. Southsea Beach is perfect for sunny days out and Clarence Pier is one of the largest amusement parks on the south coast.
From romantic UK breaks to family getaways along the coast, holidays in Eastbourne have something for everyone to enjoy. Explore popular Eastbourne attractions like the Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters cliffs, before taking the kids over to Eastbourne Pier and the Treasure Island Adventure Park – two of the most popular places to visit in Eastbourne for families!
There’s sea, surf and sports right outside our Exmouth Seafront hotel – watersports, that is. Ride the waves for that rush of adrenaline and try your hand at everything from paddleboarding to windsurfing to kitesurfing. Afterwards, take a relaxing stroll along the stunning cliffs of the Jurassic Coast - one of the natural wonders of the world.