5 UK Seaside Towns to Visit
The UK has a wide variety of stunning seaside towns, all offering their unique culture, history, and entertainment.
We chose a few of our favourites – which was no easy task! – to provide you with an overview of what the UK has to offer.
We have to mention our very own Blackpool, of course. Our beautiful seaside resort has been a popular destination for centuries, when it was fashionable to travel to the coast during the summer to improve wellbeing.
With a 7-mile, or 11 km, sandy beach and phenomenal cultural attractions, Blackpool remains as a must-visit town in the UK. Some of the major landmarks and attractions include our Grand Theatre (celebrating 125 years in 2019!), Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, Winter Gardens, and Pleasure Beach.
Did you know that Blackpool has the UK’s only surviving first-generation tramway? Blackpool has a rich and old history, with evidence of humans dating as far back as the Palaeolithic era.
The largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth has beautiful, sandy beaches spanning 7 miles, around 11 km. There’s also a nature reserve, Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, and tropical gardens for you to explore. You can also take in the breath-taking views from the cliff tops.
Try your hand at Adventure Golf or visit the Grade II listed Victorian gardens. And don’t forget to go for a bit of shopping by the sea to find a special memento from this beautiful town.
Whether you love themed attractions or natural sights, Weymouth has plenty of both for you to enjoy. From Bennetts Water Gardens, Sandsfoot Castle and the Rodwell Trail, to lovely beaches and much more, you can bring the little ones to enjoy nature and culture and take in the phenomenal atmosphere of Dorset.
And don’t forget to visit Nothe Fort, dating back to Victorian times in which it was built to protect Portland Harbour.
Home to some of the world’s best surfing competitions and water sports with Boardmasters Festival, Newquay is a beautiful harbour town with a variety of restaurants, activities, and attractions. There’s always something to do in Newquay regardless of age; you can take the little ones to Dairyland Farmworld for a fun family day out with animals, nature trails, and tractor rides.
There’s also mini-golf, adventure parks, an aquarium, and so much more in this town with a history dating back to prehistoric times.
With a settlement dating back to the Mesolithic era, Folkestone has a long and rich history. This quintessentially English coastal town has much to offer for the entire family. From pebble beaches to arcades and funfairs, you can have a spot of lunch at the Creative Quarter before going on a stroll through the lovely promenade.
The lovely stained-glass window at the Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe features William Harvey, the man who discovered the body’s circulatory system. The elegant and regal residential area, The Leas, dates back to 1843 and provides a stunning backdrop for a day out.