No matter where you live year-round, as soon as that heat wave hits we all feel the need to get to the beach. If you’re longing for a summer weekend of warm sands and cool water, check out this list of the top 5 British beaches to pick out your favourite national ‘place in the sun.’
#5: Longsands Beach
Located in Newcastle, Longsands Beach is particularly popular with surfers and swimmers. If you’re keen to learn, there’s a surfing school that can teach you how and even supply all the necessary equipment, although you’ll still need your own swimsuit and towel. Blue Reef Aquarium is also nearby and boasts sharks, turtles, and a Giant Pacific Octopus.
#4: Porthminster Beach
This beautiful clear-water beach in St. Ives lets you enjoy a city break and a holiday on the coast, all in one. The beach is located just a few minutes from the city centre, and seaside eateries line the golden sands. Porthminster Cafe is an award-winning seafood restaurant open year-round, serving delicious dishes using only the finest locally caught produce.
#3: Woolacombe Beach
Resting at the edge of North Devon, this pastoral beach is situated conveniently near a village full of traditional pubs, restaurants, and places to stay, making it ideal for longer trips away. It’s a great place for kids to run around and play, so make sure they’re properly kitted out with boys’ and girls’ sandals from Littlewoods.
#2 Hengistbury Head
Picturesque and secluded, Dorset’s Hengistbury Head juts right into the English Channel. The area is home to more than 300 privately owned beach huts, with one selling for an amazing £170,000 last year. If you’d rather just rent, prices tend to range between £300 and £600 a week.
#1 Rhossili Bay
A secluded favourite, Rhossili Bay lies just along from Swansea, on the south-western tip of Wales. The beach offers panoramic views of the countryside, backed by gently rolling sand dunes. Believed to rest near the remains of a mediaeval village, beach-goers can discover the Iron Age ruins located at nearby Rhossili Down as well as exploring hidden islands that appear only at low tide. Voted by Trip Advisor users as the 10th best beach in the world, Rhossili Bay might just be that dream beach destination you’re looking for.