UK Beaches and Coast

The United Kingdom (UK) coast covers over 19,491 miles or 13,000 km including the islands with in excess of 1400 accessible beaches.

Nowhere in the UK is the coastline more than seventy miles away making the country an ideal spot for those of us who love beaches, seaside towns, bays, peninsulas, headlands, islands and coves. There are over one thousand islands to be visited but only two hundred and ninety of them are permanently inhabited. The UK coast offers places of outstanding natural beauty and endless leisure and lifestyle attractions whether it's a few hours of walking, a day on the beach, short break or a holiday.

Explore the best beaches and wonderful coastline of the regions in the United Kingdom by clicking on the individual regions/states to the right or have a look at one of the UK's Blue Flag Beaches and explore the area surrounding it. Each beach is shown along with nearby attractions, accommodation and places to eat and shop.

A quick overview of coastal regions we think you must see: Brighton, Kent, Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Beachy Head.

Brighton's Long Beach and the coastline of Kent are popular with locals for their sophistication whereas the Yorkshire coast, the Isle of Wight and Cornwall shoreline are all preferred by tourists. The wildness of those areas attract ornithologists and those who just want to see Puffins and seals. Fishermen's villages and pubs are a big attraction as are the White Cliffs of Dover and Beachy Head.

Even more rugged and majestic is the Scottish coast but, if you are into milder climates and leisurely resorts the shores of Wales will be best. The Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey and Sark) are famous for coastal countryside, shopping and megalithic ruins with Jersey being one of the best spots in the UK for hiking and exquisite cuisine.

All Places in United Kingdom

  • Silecroft Beach

    Silecroft beach is a large sand and shingle beach that always have lots of space. The beach is on the edge of the Lake District stretching as far as the eye can see with the main feature being the 600 metres height of Black Combe. Note it is not always read more

  • Camber Sands Beach

    Camber Sands beach is hidden behind dunes is a popular family sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. The village of Camber is very close to the beach and you have a selection of holiday parks to the east of the village. The dunes are formed from the sand read more

  • Porthmeor Beach

    Porthmeor beach is perfect for families, as the beach sits in the town of St Ives and is backed by the Tate St Ives. The beach has good sand at the top and then a slope at high water mark takes you to a large expanse of flat compact sand. Surf read more

  • Porthcurno Beach

    Porthcurno Beach is a beautiful white sand southeast facing beach in the western corner of the very lovely Porthcurno Bay. The beach has a deep shelf into the sea at high tide that adults would find a challenge and so care must be taken with children. Bordered by the Minack read more

  • Gyllyngvase Beach

    Gyllyngvase (Gylly) beach, is a very popular gently shelving sandy beach with rock pools to explore. This is the largest of the Falmouth beaches overlooked by Pendennis Castle and a great location as it is only a 10-15 minute walk away from Falmouth centre. The beach has gentle rollers making read more

  • Gwithian and Godrevy Beach

    Gwithian / Godrevy beach is one of the best stretches of golden sand in Cornwall and is popular with both families and surfers. Located at the end of the long Hayle beach, within St Ives Bay, at low tide the two beaches are joined together. The area (sand dunes and read more

  • West Wittering Beach

    West Wittering beach overlooks the Solent and Chichester Harbour and has the South Downs as a beautiful backdrop. This is an excellent family destination with a sandy beach and large grassy area for parking and sunbathing. There are tidal pools which are ideal for children to explore and go crabbing read more

  • Minack Theatre

    The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre. From May to September you can see drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of setting. As well as the Theatre you have sub tropical gardens.

  • Dhoon Beach

    Dhoon is a sandy beach approx. 350m long within Kirkcudbright Bay, and also known as Dun Mill Bay. The beach slopes gently into the water making it a great swimming beach although it all but disappears at high tide. The beach has some interesting rocks, is backed by grass areas read more

  • Oldshoremore Beach

    Oldshoremore beach has golden sand surrounded by a barren landscape and sand dunes. If you want remote then this is a beach for you. No facilities. We have no dog information for Oldshoremore beach.

  • Lligwy Bay Beach

    Lligwy Bay beach is a secluded wide sandy horse shoe beach backed by sand dunes on the North East coast of Anglesey. Sections of the beach are designated as the Lligwy Special Site of Scientific Interest. The beach gently shelves into the sea making an ideal family beach although it read more