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5 Of The Best Seaside Resorts In The UK To Visit This Summer

Matt Crisp July 18, 2023

School’s out for the summer, and many families will be looking forward to trips out or even a staycation by the sea during the next few weeks. There’s certainly no need to travel abroad when we are spoiled for choice with so many wonderful child-friendly beaches here in the UK. Here are just a few of the seaside resorts worth a visit this summer. 

Barmouth, Gwynedd

It’s hard to top Barmouth on the north Wales coast for a stunningly beautiful location and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. The town is at the foot of the picturesque Mawddach Estuary and framed by the mountains of Snowdonia. It’s a popular destination and certainly bustling at peak times, but with over seven miles of beach it never feels crowded.

The town is accessible via the Cambrian Coast rail line, which runs from Machynlleth to Porthmadog. Along the prom in summertime you will find funfair rides, amusement arcades, and plenty of cafes, restaurants, and pubs. The beach is ideal for swimming and kayaking.

Skegness, Lincolnshire

Skegness is the ultimate traditional family friendly beach, with endless miles of flat clean sands and a permanent funfair on the shorefront. It’s proved immune to gentrification and is simply a good old fashioned seaside resort with affordable prices and plenty of entertainment to hand. Fish and chips; donkey rides; helter skelters; it’s all here waiting!

Weymouth, Dorset

The coastal town of Weymouth on the south west coast of England was developed as a tourist destination during the Georgian era when sea bathing first became fashionable. It retains an air of elegant grandeur today, and the spacious beach is safe and sheltered, and exceptionally well managed. 

The pavilion end of the beach is dog-friendly, and the facilities are second to none with plentiful clean toilets. There are wheelchairs, windbreaks, deckchairs, and toys available to hire, and all the traditional seaside ingredients you would expect from donkey rides to ice cream stalls and Punch and Judy shows.

Felixstowe, Suffolk

The beach is three miles long with clean sands and a long pier dividing it into north and south sections. The colourful beach huts are available for day hire, although you can buy your own if you have a spare £30,000 in your back pocket. The north end of the beach backs onto ornamental gardens and a Spa Pavilion. 

The south end of the beach has undergone some recent development that will make it particularly attractive to families. There is a new Seafront Village with a climbing wall, a boulodrome, beach pods, and toilets and changing facilities. 

West Sands, St Andrews, Fife

West Sands is two miles long and reveals a ¼ mile of clean sands at low tide. It’s a dog-friendly beach and wheelchair accessible. It’s an excellent place for sporty types to visit. with a lifeguard on duty and clean water, it’s popular for swimming, surfing and kayaking, while the wide sands are used for kite flying and horse riding.

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