2021 saw a £36 billion increase in domestic tourism expenditure in the UK according to Statista. With the pandemic closing parts of the world to us over the last couple of years, more have been flocking to the UK coastlines. The weather may not always be reliable, but don’t let that stop you exploring any of these 7 seaside destinations.
1. Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
A mere hop on the Metro from Newcastle is all it takes to get to this wonderful seaside spot. The beaches of Cornwall may get the accolades as the surfing hotspots, but Longsands Beach at Tynemouth is building a similar reputation. Lessons and board hire are available, though you can also purchase an inflatable paddle board for yourself if you want to fully invest in a new hobby.
2. Brighton, Sussex
If a more bohemian escape is what you’re looking for, then Brighton offers exactly that. Famously known as the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK, all and anyone are welcome on Brighton’s shores. You have the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier, and a rather magnificent pebble beach to name but three factors in Brighton’s inclusion on this list.
3. Weymouth, Dorset
Head west along the coastline and you’ll find Weymouth – a gem on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Not only do you have the magnificent Old Harbour, but Chesil Beach is only a 17 minute drive away. The famous beach is perfect for hikers, though at 18 miles long, it would certainly take up the bulk of the day.
4. St Helier, Jersey
Though closer to France, Jersey is still considered a part of the UK. Its southerly location allows for more sunshine, with 2021 the 4th sunniest year in Jersey since records began. Take a walk to St Elizabeth Castle at low tide, or spend a couple of hours at Jersey Museum and Art Gallery. Even sitting on the beach watching the seagulls is the perfect activity given the beauty of your surroundings. Best of all, this little paradise is only an hour from Gatwick Airport. Don’t worry about bringing your passport either!
5. Pittenweem, Fife
Though the weather may be even less reliable north of the border, it isn’t without its beautiful seaside spots like Pittenweem. Though building its economy via a steady stream of tourists, the village still remains a functioning fishing town. There’s even an annual arts festival every August, with locals turning their homes into temporary art galleries for the week.
6. Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Wales has its fair share of beautiful seaside spots, but Aberystwyth can certainly consider itself the best of an admittedly beautiful bunch. Whether you want to party with the students, take your children to build some sandcastles, or simply engage in a pub crawl, Aberystwyth’s variable nature makes it the perfect location to let off some steam.
7. New Brighton, Merseyside
Back in 1830, James Atherton wanted to build a residential location and seaside resort for the gentry similar to Brighton, hence the name. That said, New Brighton offers something for everyone in the modern age, whilst retaining its traditional touch. Families, walkers, cyclists, surfers – all and anyone are catered for in this lovely Merseyside location.