Here in Britain, we sometimes forget that we are an island all on our own. The good thing about islands is that they have coasts and beaches. We often take our coastal towns and beaches for granted here in the U.K and forget that there is, in fact, some stunning, picturesque coastal towns right on our doorstep. With a nice summers day and an hour or so drive, these towns are some of the most underrated locations on these shores and if you haven’t visited them, there is no time like the present. Have a look at our Top 10 coastal towns in the U.K and plan yourself a day away.
St Ives, Cornwall
Why should you go you may ask? Because of the 13-minute train ride from St Erth to St Ives, which is picturesque as it follows the curve of St Ives Bay. Once there, the town is quaint and scenic which might explain the number of artists who were drawn here and have left their mark in the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Make sure to see all the sights that inspired them, from the cottages and fishing harbour to the beautiful beach, and make at least a full day of it, if not a weekend.
This coastal town has something for everyone. On the one hand, the sandy beaches are a delight for families, on the other hand, it has plenty of appeal for grown-ups too. This includes a tiny cinema, great food and a clifftop walk to Botany Bay. The Charles Dickens Museum and Bleak House are just two of the attractions which visitors can enjoy. Make a day of it here too, with plenty to keep you busy.
This day away is right next to the sea and gives off a gothic vibe which attracts many a tourist. The appeal of this lovely Yorkshire seaside town extends beyond its gothic attraction, however, with the excellent Captain Cook Memorial Museum being a must see. The remarkably well-preserved Church of St Mary and Norman arch as well as a sweeping 199-step staircase, are all easily accessible and worth a visit.
Barry, South Wales
Made famous from the TV series Gavin and Stacey, Barry Island is a seaside town which is great all year round. Its beaches play host to many day and weekend visitors who all indulge in enjoying a cone by the pier. With the shops surrounding the beaches, this location really has character and is worth the drive over to Wales.
North Berwick, Scotland
Edinburgh is not the obvious seaside destination, but within easy reach of it are a handful of great traditional seaside towns, including North Berwick. Its chief appeal lies in two great beaches the Milsey Bay and West Beach. With this great mix of dramatic coastal walks, modern shops, good restaurants and galleries, you can be sure there are lots to do even if the Scottish weather is up to its old tricks.