Top Beaches in England


England is blessed with hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of splendid coastlines. Some parts offer rugged coastal scenery, which is excellent for hiking, others offer lively beaches filled with traditional seaside activities, and in other areas you can find some beautiful and almost deserted beaches that are great for relaxing, unwinding, and enjoying a blissful feeling of solitude in a beautiful setting.  

The summer months are the best times to visit England’s beaches, when the sunny weather in England allows sunbathing and swimming, although they can still make for a pleasant, albeit bracing, walk in the winter months. You certainly would not want to take a dip in the winter though! You can enjoy freshly caught seafood, water sports, fairgrounds, piers, and more.


In the south of England, Devon is known for being bright and sunny. It is also famous for clotted cream, cider, and fresh crab. It is also a great spot for surfing. The inviting sands attract holiday makers from near and far, and you can get to some beautiful and picturesque countryside areas with ease.


Bamburgh Beach

On the Northumberland coast, Bamburgh Beach is looked over by the grand and imposing Bamburgh Castle. It offers a dramatic and characteristic backdrop to the golden sands. In low tide you can traverse the causeway to the nearby Holy Island, which offers quiet beaches and an old priory.

Littlehampton Beach

Littlehampton Beach is one of the quietest beaches on the south coast. There are two lovely beach cafes, where you can enjoy a meal or a drink. One serves traditional fish and chips, as well as other tempting treats, whilst the other offers more sophisticated gourmet dining. Each is terrific! There are some great budget accommodation options in the nearby vicinity.

Lundy Island

In the middle of the Bristol Channel, Lundy Island is comprised of a long strip of granite. The island is home to some gorgeous and striking scenic areas, with wildlife galore. You may see basking sharks and dolphins in the water, and sheep and ponies on dry land. There’s one pub and one shop, and long stretches of walking and hiking trails as well as great opportunities for climbing. There are several self catering accommodation options on the island. 


Offering a large and lively atmosphere, a vibrant night life, and active gay scene, a varied dining scene, and a number of terrific attractions, Brighton is a very popular spot on the south coast and a great option for a day trip from London. There are plenty of places to see some English history and culture. Nearby Hove offers a more sedate experience.



In the north west of England, Blackpool is known for its easy going approach, fun filled activities, fun pier, donkey rides along the sands, and the iconic Blackpool Tower. Take a trip to the top of the tower and step out onto the sheer glass walkway, watch the live entertainment at the bottom, whoop for glee at the Pleasure Beach and ride one of the tallest roller coasters in Europe, scream and shriek in the Passage of Terror, visit fortune tellers and palm readers, enjoy a stick of rock, visit the uncanny wax models at Louis Tussaurds, and see the curiosities in Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Blackpool Sandcastle is also a great indoor water attraction.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has been a popular summer holiday destination for generations of English families. There are lively beaches as well as those that are more secluded. There are crumbling cliffs and ancient dinosaur tracks.



White sands meet milky blue waters, with a lovely backing of dunes and heaths. The Jurassic Coast, so named because of the ancient remnants found in the soil and rock levels, is a truly breath taking part of the coast. There are quaint villages and historic market towns to enjoy, and within the area you will find numerous places to eat, drink, and sleep.


St. Ives Beach

The stunning beach at St. Ives is flanked by sharp, steep hills. The town has a bounty of attractions, including charming cobbled streets, traditional public houses, and two fantastic art galleries.


This is just a small selection of the top beaches in England. Of course, visitors can find even more great beaches along the coastline and on the islands of neighbouring Wales and Scotland, meaning that visitors really are spoiled for choice!