Beaches Near Me

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Are you looking to get away this weekend? Maybe take a road trip and find somewhere relaxing for you and the family to unwind? Even though we don’t get amazing amounts of sunny weather or hot temperatures, the UK still has some amazing beaches. But where are some beaches near me? I hear you say… well we’ve made a list for you!

The Best Beaches in England

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Now, this is a beach that makes you feel like you’re miles away from the UK. With a stretch of sand that expands for miles, sand dunes, salt marshes, pine woodlands and a beautiful sea as far as you can see.

It’s truly a paradise beach near you. And perfect for a summer outing during the school holidays.

Location & Prices

  • Where Holkham Hall. Wells-next-the-Sea. Norfolk. NR23 1AB
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Seven Sisters, Sussex

You’ll be blown away by a dramatic stretch of white cliffs. Formed with white chalk, it provides a wonderful view like no other. You can also hike on these cliffs, but it’s not for the faint of heart!

The beautiful beach is also perfect for bird watchers, canoeists and those who love wild swimming. Grab your cossies it’s time for a beach day!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Exceat. Near Seaford. East Sussex. BN25 4AD
  • Price Free!
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Tankerton Beach, Kent

Pebble beaches are underrated! Who doesn’t like finding tiny sea animals hidden in and around pebbles? With grassy slopes, quaint and colourful beach huts and being close to one of the UK’s busiest seaside towns (Whitstable), you’ll have the perfect family day out. The shingle beach also has a promenade that you can walk along for an evening leisurely stroll.

Pack a picnic, find a comfortable spot and maybe grab an ice cream too. Summer days are about to get even better.

Location & Pricing

  • Where Tankerton. Whitstable. CT5 2BD
  • When 10:00 - 17:00 on weekends and bank holidays (June - September). And 7 days a week during the summer holidays
  • Price Free!
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Botany Bay, Kent

A beach famous for its fossil hunting and rock pools! What will you find when you visit? Some tiny crabs or a prehistoric fossil?!

The beach is also gorgeous and sandy, accompanied by white chalky cliffs. It’s also one of the most photographed bays, so you definitely know it’s the perfect beach to explore with the family this summer.

Please note dogs are not allowed until 30th September between the hours of 10:00 – 18:00

Location & Pricing

  • Where Marine Drive. Broadstairs. Kent. CT10 3LG
  • Price Free!
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Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Ready to see a beach that is fit to star in Hollywood movies? This beach is a little slice of heaven, with crystal clear waters, pebble beaches and an incredible geological archway of cliffs. It’s the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscape that will blow you away. And is dog-friendly too!

Don’t forget to take a hike to the Lulworth Cove – it’s a must-see sight!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Durdle Door. West Lulworth. Dorset. BH20 5PU
  • Price Free!
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Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Want to walk barefoot on a beach and feel the sand between your toes? On this absolutely stunning beach, you can walk along the soft white sand as you gaze at the turquoise sea. It’s utter bliss.

You can even catch a glimpse of dolphins, basking sharks (and maybe a celeb or two)! It’s a popular beach with families, with its calm waters and serene seas. And if you’re theatre lovers, you can hop over to Minack Theatre for an open-air show, right on the cliffs above! A beautiful view and a fab show – it’s also a National Trust site!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Porthcurno. Cornwall. TR19 6JX
  • Price Free!
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Woolacombe Sands, Devon

A family favourite! With miles of sand, you can make as many sand castles as you desire! It’s one of the best beaches around, with its golden, soft sand, picturesque sand dunes, and rock pools for the kiddies to explore – you’ve got yourself a family vacation right here. You can also ride the waves on your surfboards! Just remember to bring the sunscreen!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Beach Rd. Woolacombe. EX34 7AF
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Crantock Beach, Cornwall

Want to visit a beach that feels like you’re actually in the Caribbean? Don’t we all…

BUT at Crantock Beach, you’re so close to it! With gorgeous golden sands on this sweeping beach, you’ll be on your own tropical vacation.

Accompanied by wildlife-rich grasslands, a vibrant display of wildflowers and a short walk to the Gannel estuary. Bellissimo!

Location & Pricing

  • Where North Cornwall coast. Near Newquay. Cornwall
  • Price Free!
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St. Bees, Cumbria

A stretch of shingle and sand together makes a truly remarkable beach. Whether you’re looking for a quiet day out or on the look to explore something new. With lots of shells and stones to rifle through as you stroll across the beach,  you’ll find yourself feeling at peace in the tranquil environment. There are also some cliffs you can explore too!

It is also a popular holiday destination, for the last 150 years! And its not too far from the Lake District, if you fancy exploring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site.

Location & Pricing

  • Where 23 Scalebarrow. Saint Bees. CA27 0ES
  • Price Free!
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Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

Head to a once-famous Victorian holiday resort. Equipped with funfair rides and more! Nowadays, it’s the ideal place for family outings, arcade games, a skate park and mini-golf! Feeling hungry? Gobble down some fresh fish and chips and treat yourself to award-winning ice cream.

Whitley Bay also has sandy beaches for all your sand castle-building activities and leisurely walks! There’s also an outdoor play and water park nearby if you fancied something really exciting!

Location & Pricing

  • Where The Links Whitley Bay. Tyne & Wear. NE26 1TP
  • Price Free!
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Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

A sandy beach with an impeccable view of the country’s most iconic castle, Bamburgh Castle. It’s the place to go for beach walks, gentle breezes and stunning views. Also, behind the beach dunes, you’ll find an array of flora and might even catch a glimpse of some rare insects. During the summer months when it’s warmer if you wait till nightfall you can also stargaze!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Bamburgh. Seahouses. Northumberland. NE69 7DF
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Blackpool Beach, Blackpool

Of course, we can’t have a best beaches list without adding the iconic beach that is a firm favourite with families!

Blackpool Beach is so much more than sandy beaches, it’s also one of the best beach resorts in the UK! With its famous pier, fabulous promenade, and more, your family will have an abundance of fun here! Don’t forget Blackpool Pleasure Beach too. Make a day out of your visit, and enjoy some exciting rides and end with an evening walk!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Promenade. Blackpool. Lancashire. FY1 5AA
  • Price Free!
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Formby Beach, Liverpool

Named one of Europe’s best beaches for sand dune habitats, you’ll find loads of rare animal species here and it’s rich in prehistoric history too. You see, the sand dunes actually move 4m a year! And with this, they actually reveal prehistoric footprints. Which is absolutely incredible!

Not only that, but the beach is wonderfully family-friendly, with its beautiful beach and soft sands, as well as stunning views across the Irish Sea. If this beach is near you, you should 100% make it one to visit!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Victoria Road. Near Formby. Liverpool. L37 1LJ
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The Best Beaches Near You in Scotland

Scarista Beach, Isle of Harris

First up is the dazzling beach of Scarista. No matter the weather, it will always blow you away. With fine, soft sand and beautiful waters, you’ll want to get in but not out! With a remote location, it’s not overly busy and you can even hop on by Scarista House for a spot of tea and cakes!

If you’re looking you might even be able to spot some Porpoises! Cute!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Isle of Harris. HS3 3HX
  • Price Free!
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Footdee Beach, Aberdeen

A sandy beach stretching out as far as your eyes can reach! With an amusement park on the seafront, you’ll find all your entertainment needs there! And if you feel like it, take a short trip to the busy Aberdeen city centre. A busting beach near a bustling city, but you can stop and take a break as you gaze out into the horizon.

Location & Pricing

  • Where Footdee Beach. Aberdeen. Aberdeenshire. AB11 5DX
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Achmelvich Beach, North-west Scotland

A small and intimate beach that is still big on the wow factor! With wild stretches of sand and beautiful blue seas, you’ll find yourself away from the hustle and bustle. And you might even be able to spot Porpoises as they swim during the summer!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Near Lochinver. Sutherland. IV27 4JB
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The Best Beaches Near You in Wales

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Named one of the best beaches in the world, Barefundle Bay has spectacular views of the Pembrokeshire Coast, as well as sandy beaches, and turquoise waters that are magnificent. Being a cove, it’s the perfect place for swimmers and even walkers too. Admire that golden glow as the sun sets and rises.

Location & Pricing

  • Where Stackpole Quay. Pembrokeshire. SA71 5LS
  • Price Free!
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Rhossili Bay, Gower

A remote beach that has titles like one of the best beaches in Europe as well as many other accolades. Wander down the steep, winding path to the coastline and discover the panoramic views along the 3-mile stretch of the beautiful beaches and unspoilt nature. On clear days, you can even see the coastline of North Devon.

It’s also dog-friendly all year long! Perfect for a family day out.

Location & Pricing

  • Where Rhosili. Swansea. SA3 1PR
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Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea

One of Britain’s most beautiful shorelines. Even though it’s quiet all year-kong, it’s a must-see beach near you. The sand dunes do make it challenging to walk on, but who let a challenge scare them off? If you’re adventurous, have a go!

Along with rugged green cliffs and a sandy beach, it’s a popular destination for horse riders as well as walkers/hikers!

Location & Pricing

  • Where Three Cliffs Bay. North Hills Farm. Gower. Swansea. SA3 2HB
  • Price Free!
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The Best Beaches Near You in Northern Ireland

White Park Bay, County Antrim

White sand that stretches out for three glorious miles. In a quiet and secluded spot on a rocky coastline. You’re also near Giant’s Causeway here, so it’s a spectacular area for geological lovers. With sand so fine you can hear it ‘whistle‘ as you walk along and you can even find some fossils scattered on the beach!

With glorious sand dunes, picture-perfect views and sunny weather, you’ve bagged yourself a fabulous summer getaway.

Location & Pricing

  • Where County Antrim. Northern Ireland
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Mill Bay, Rathlin Island

A tiny island with massive popularity. Why? Because there are puffins that nest along the stunning cliffs. People flock from all over just to catch a glimpse of them! You can also spot seals napping on the lovely beach, but it’s stony so make sure to bring your flip-flops and beach chairs!

Location & Pricing

  • Where 18 Bayview Road. Ballycastle. County Antrim. BT54 6BT
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Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry

Looking for pristine sand and rolling dunes? You’ve come to the right place! Cars can even drive straight onto the beach! It’s popular among families and is the ideal place for family fun like building sandcastles and heading out to sea!

Pack a picnic and enjoy the sights before you!

Location & Pricing

  • Where 118 Strand Road. Portstewart. County Londonderry. BT55 7PG
  • Price Free!
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This summer is about to be legendary, no more searching ‘where is a beach near me?‘, because, with this list, you’ll find the perfect one that will couple well with a family road trip! Bring the snacks, picnics, dogs, sunscreen and your cossies! Summer 2022 will be the best one yet!

Looking for more outdoor adventures with your kids? Why don’t; you visit a National Trust near you or a lido for some outdoor swimming?