7 of the UK’s best beaches to visit this summer

Pack your swimsuits, grab your towel and get ready to visit the best UK beaches this summer!

When the sun comes out in the UK, you better make the most of it! While people might think the UK isn’t known for its beaches, it’s home to stunning coastlines and lovely coastal villages. With the network of train connections across the UK, it's easy to escape to the seaside while travelling more sustainably. Here’s our simple list of some of the best UK beaches!  

1. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Bournemouth Beach is renowned for its seven miles of golden sand, pristine waters, and a bustling promenade. The beach is perfect for families, offering activities such as pier-to-shore zip lines, water sports, and traditional seaside fun with beach huts and deck chairs. Looking for a classic British beach destination? This is the one!

Check out this Bournemouth guide to find out more.

2. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Often described as a hidden gem, Barafundle Bay in Wales is a secluded, unspoiled beach surrounded by dunes and pine trees. Accessible only by a half-mile walk from the nearest car park, this remote spot offers clear waters and fine golden sand, making it ideal for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. It’s a perfect spot for picnics, swimming, and exploring the surrounding cliffs.

Find out more about Pembrokeshire here to see what else is on offer!

3. St. Ives Bay, Cornwall

St. Ives Bay boasts some of Cornwall's most beautiful beaches, with Porthminster, Porthmeor, and Carbis Bay among the highlights. The turquoise waters, soft sands, and vibrant art scene make St. Ives a popular destination for both relaxation and cultural enrichment. Surfing, paddleboarding, and boat trips are popular activities, while the charming town offers galleries, boutiques, and seafood restaurants.

There’s lots to do in Cornwall, visit here to check out other activities and stunning spots.

4. Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

For dramatic scenery, Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland is unmatched. Overlooked by the imposing Bamburgh Castle, this beach offers vast stretches of sand and breathtaking views of the North Sea. It’s an ideal spot for long walks, kite flying, and photography. The nearby village of Bamburgh provides quaint cafes and historical sites to explore once you’re done soaking up the sun!

Northumberland has a lot to offer, discover more here.

5. Brighton Beach, East Sussex

Don’t let the pebbles put you off, Brighton Beach is famous for its vibrant atmosphere, iconic pier, and lovely shores. As one of the liveliest beaches in the UK, it offers a mix of traditional seaside fun with modern attractions. Visitors can enjoy amusement arcades, seafood stalls, and beachside bars. The city of Brighton itself is known for its eclectic culture, excellent shopping, and energetic nightlife.

There’s always something going on in Brighton, find out what’s on here.

6. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

Rhossili Bay is often hailed as one of the best beaches in the world. Located on the Gower Peninsula in Wales, it features three miles of stunning sand and majestic cliffs. The bay is a haven for surfers, hikers, and nature lovers. The Worm's Head promontory and the shipwreck of Helvetia add to the beach's allure. It’s a perfect destination for those seeking adventure and breathtaking natural scenery.  

Make a day of it! Find out what else you can do around the Gower Peninsula here.

7. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland

Looking for an adventure? Venture to Scotland’s remote north-west, Sandwood Bay in Sutherland for a true wilderness experience. Accessible only by a four-mile walk from the nearest road, this beach is renowned for its pink sand, towering dunes, and the solitary sea stack of Am Buachaille. It’s a pristine, untouched landscape perfect for solitude and reflection.

Don’t just go for the beach, the Caithness and North Coast Sutherland areas have lots to offer adventurous travellers, get some more inspiration here.  


The UK’s beaches offer lots of unique experiences, from the lively and bustling to the remote and serene. Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or an adventurous escape, there’s a beach waiting to be explored. So, pack your sunscreen, grab a towel, and get ready to enjoy the best of British summer by the sea!  

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