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Unveiling the best coastal spots for a UK weekend break

Unveiling the best coastal spots for a UK weekend break

If you’re craving the sound of ocean waves and the taste of salt on the sea breeze, then it sounds like you’re in need of a trip to the coast. When it comes to weekend breaks around the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of coastal getaway spots.

Whether you’re looking for the vibes of a charming fishing village, some dramatic craggy cliffs or miles of uninterrupted sandy beach, the British coastline has you covered. A dose of fish and chips and some time by the sea are bound to have you feeling much more relaxed in no time.

So, before you get booking your hot tub weekend breaks in the UK, let’s take a look at some of the best coastal destinations that the country has to offer.

St Ives, Cornwall

Amidst all the coastal delights of Cornwall, St Ives stands out as a timeless destination. Artists have been flocking to the cobbled streets of the town for decades, with the Babara Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives showing off just some of its artistic fruits.

The town is also home to two beaches, with Porthmeor offering the crashing waves that attract surfers while its twin Porthminister is known for a more tranquil vibe. Whichever you prefer, it’s easy to while away hours enjoying the slower pace of the Cornish lifestyle and a variety of delicious local food.

Whitby, Yorkshire

While many head south for their coastal holidays buck the trend and head up to Yorkshire for some bracing sea air. The temperatures may be a little lower than down south, but there’s no denying the beauty to be found on the rugged northern coastline.

Immortalised in the pages of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic Dracula, the town of Whitby is still a delightful coastal gem. Enjoy a blend of history, culture and seaside charm, perhaps with a dash of vampire lore!

If you’re up for a challenge, then climb the 199 steps up to the windswept ruins of Whitby Abbey to enjoy panoramic views of the coast or enjoy a pleasant amble through the winding streets of the maritime town. 

Brighton, East Sussex

Located just a stone’s throw and a short train journey from London, the vibrant coastal city of Brighton is an iconic seaside destination. Here the classic vibes of one of the UK’s oldest seaside resorts mix with the modern amenities of a trendy cultural centre.

Of course, if you visit, you must make time for the amusement and fairground rides that line Brighton Pier. It might be a bit cliché, but it’s a fun time nonetheless. But once you’ve worn out your excitement on the Pier there’s the lovely pebble beach to unwind on and take in the sunset.

Bournemouth, Dorset

The Dorset coast is largely known for playing host to part of the world-famous Jurassic Coast, where 185 million years of geological history is on show within the rocks. However, if you’re not in the mood for fossil hunting there’s still plenty to enjoy here.

Featuring seven miles of golden sands, the town of Bournemouth is a classic seaside destination to suit all tastes. You can enjoy a long, leisurely stroll along the promenade, take a dip in the sea for some water sports or sit back for an ice cream on the beach.

Whatever you most want out of a weekend away, there’s a spot somewhere along the UK coast that can offer you exactly that. But if you like the sounds of any of our suggestions, then go ahead and book your next weekend holiday, ready for a reinvigorating seaside getaway.

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