When you think about visiting England, do you think about spending a lazy day or two on the beach in one of the many English seaside resorts? If you aren’t a native, you probably don’t! England doesn’t exactly have an international reputation as a country with beaches to flock to, but the weather and climate does (sometime) lend itself to long summer days at the beach.
Locals and tourists from around England already spend long hot days on the coast. These seaside resort towns are packed with local shops, pubs, and restaurants, and the streets are lined with stalls during local fairs and festivals.
In addition to each town’s lovely beaches, many feature museums, fun parks, and even water parks. Fishing, exploring shipwrecks, and other activities are also available. A trip to one of England’s many fantastic seaside resort towns is one that is sure to be fun for the whole family!
We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite seaside towns and resorts–you and your family are sure to have a blast. Take a timeout and spend a day on the coast enjoying the ocean during your trip. Gorgeous architecture and quaint inland towns aren’t all that England has to offer!
The Best 15 English Seaside Resorts
Brighton is a seaside resort town about an hour south of London by train, and a popular day-trip destination. The broad beach sits in front of amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings. The central Brighton Pier opened in 1899 and has rides and food stalls.
Outside of the beach, Brighton has vineyards, breweries, the Royal Pavilion, and British Airways i360, a 162 meter tall tower that offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the landscape.
This town is on the southern coast of England and is known best for its 7 mile stretch of beaches, Victorian architecture, and a buzzing nightlife. Stretching out into the water is Bournemouth Pier, which has an obstacle course, a climbing wall, and even a zip line.
Away from the beach is Bournemouth Gardens, which have rock gardens, an aviary, and plants from 3 continents.
Located in Cornwall on England’s North Atlantic coast, the small town of Newquay features a number of aquatic attractions aside from the beach.
Families will enjoy the Blue Reef Aquarium, and Holywell Bay Fun Park, while those who love sailing and fishing will enjoy Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing.