Over the last few years the UK’s seaside towns have been making a comeback with thousands of us flocking to the coastlines at the first sign of summer. The Victorian-esque holiday is back, a flurry of sea, sand, fish & chips and arcades are all luring us back to the shores. But where do you go to witness the best of what Britain can offer?
Margate offers everything you would expect from a British coastal resort, its beautiful Blue Flag beach is the ideal place for a day of sun, sea and surfing and if you head into town you will find streets and buildings steeped in tourist history. Head back down to the beach and explore the stunning ‘Shell Grotto’ a series of underground tunnels lined with shells – a place as enchanting today as it was in the 1800’s.
Southwold is a very idyllic seaside town, famous for its beautiful beaches, its pier and not forgetting the Adnams Brewery. This very old town offers an insight into days gone by whilst still providing all the niceties of modern life, great food, nice drinks and a brilliant atmosphere.
Brighton is one of the most popular seaside resorts Britain has to offer. The £23 million invested into the town has transformed it into a very fashionable place to be. It’s filled with trendy bars, restaurants and hotels whilst still holding onto its heritage, its home to The Royal Pavilion – one of the most extravagant and must see palaces in the country.
Mousehole, pronounced ‘Mowzel’ is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful harbours, it’s an incredibly tranquil and picturesque place to be. This tiny little fishing village with its quaint collection of yellow-lichened houses and its small and simple beach sheltered to one side of the harbour makes it the ideal seaside town for both couples and young families.
Barry is the largest seaside town in the Vale of Glamorgan. It’s always been a popular holiday destination for us Brits and even more so in the wake of BBC hit TV show ‘Gavin and Stacey’. It has all the charm you expect from a coastal town, beautiful beaches, wonderful cliff tops as well as fantastic Welsh architecture and wonderful parks.
Southend on Sea
Southend on Sea is home to the world’s largest pier and is a seaside town built with families in mind. You have the Sealife Adventure Centre for the kids and it’s just a short journey in the Cliff Lift and you’re in the High Street enjoying the shops, art galleries and museums.
Great Yarmouth embodies everything you would expect from a British seaside resort and you’ll not be disappointed. Along the seafront you have miles of beach, two piers, a Sea Life Centre and countless Fish and Chip shops, those all-important arcades, not forgetting the pleasure beach. Head towards the rows of streets and you’ll find traditional seaside restaurants and a plethora of tourist shops with sweets and gifts galore.
Weymouth, situated on the Jurassic Coast, offers a stunning Blue Flag beach and plenty to do in the town including The Pavilion Theatre, Portland Caste and the Portland Bill Lighthouse to name a few. There’s also Jurassic Safaris on offer where you can go and explore the coastline, its wildlife and its ancient architecture.
Saundersfoot is a beautiful and picturesque fishing village situated in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It sits at the bottom of a wonderful wooded valley and has everything you could wish for from a quaint Welsh seaside town, it has stunning sandy beaches, lovely coastal paths as well as boutique shops and traditional pubs and restaurants.
St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives is a truly stunning seaside town, its recently been voted the top beach resort in the UK as well as ranking number 6 for being one of the best sandy beach destinations in the whole of Europe. A popular resort for the surfers, it’s also a great place to check out the local wildlife including seals, porpoises, dolphins and sometimes even basking sharks.
This post was written by Meredith Watts, a keen caravan enthusiast who spends her summers travelling around the UK’s coastlines. She has recently purchased a new caravan from The Caravan Company just in time for Summer 2013.