For many of us the summer of 2021 has been based in the UK again, with staycations increasing in popularity for another year, and the UK coastline attracting thousands of visitors daily. Coastal holiday homes, rentals and cottages will no doubt be a popular choice when choosing where to stay next year too, what could be better than waking up to a sea view and taking in what the best UK seaside towns have to offer?
Being an island, it’s no surprise that seaside towns are in abundance in the UK and are one of the most popular holiday destinations. The UK coastline covers everything from rugged cliffs to beautiful sandy beaches, not to mention the beautiful seaside towns and villages that can be found on the coast, too.
These locations are so popular for UK holidaymakers as they offer so much to see and do for families, couples and groups alike. These towns offer much more than just their beaches and sea fronts, but if that’s what you are looking for then days on the beach, water sports, walking opportunities along piers and promenades, and of course some of the best fish and chips in the country are all at your fingertips.
These British seaside towns are some of the most popular holiday destinations for people in the UK seeking a unique escape at the coast.
‘Which' recently conducted a survey in May 2021 to determine the best seaside towns in the UK, based on their members' opinions. The following towns form the results of that survey, so let’s take a look at who made the list.
A previous winner in past years, Bamburgh tops the list again with its stunning three-mile beach and fabulous backdrop of Bamburgh Castle. The vast sandy beach is perfect for dog walkers or anyone wishing to take in the views. The town of Bamburgh itself is one of Northumberland’s finest, with plenty of choice to eat and drink, and is a great base to explore the wider area such as the cheviot hills or Alnwick. From Bamburgh you could take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, gaze at the dark skies at night, or enjoy the abundance of tea rooms and local pubs.
Belford Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian manor house designed in the Palladian style and built of Ashlar and slate roof. The hall was designed by architect James Paine and built in the mid 1750’s with later additions by John Dobson. The hall sits amongst 24 acres of parkland including a small lake. The East Pavilion is a fine example of a sympathetic conversion apartment. With accommodation set over two floors. This three-bedroom home is well appointed with fabulous modern kitchen and bathroom facilities blended with traditional features such as sash windows, coving and feature fireplaces. The property enjoys gas central heating and en suite facilities all three bedrooms.
Offering period charm and spacious accommodation to include a self-contained apartment, The Castle lends itself perfectly to multi-generational living and proposes the potential to create self-contained holiday accommodation, subject to obtaining the relevant consent. The property also offers space to accommodate a work from home office and enjoys stunning views of the Northumberland Countryside.
Two beautiful coves make up the coastline of Dartmouth in Devon, and the town is a gorgeous spot from which to enjoy them. Explore the rockpools, play in the sea and sand with the family, or if you are feeling adventurous, take part in the range of water sports available. Dartmouth itself has a selection of National Trust and English Heritage properties to discover, including museums, stately homes, gardens and Dartmouth Castle.
Frenchman's Creek, located in the heart of the village, sits in a spectacular south-east facing position with glorious views out to sea on a private 1.78-acre plot. With generous bedrooms, spacious living accommodation, and a swimming pool complex complete with sauna and steam room, this is a highly energy-efficient home. The village of Stoke Fleming lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the district known as the South Hams.
Wesley Court is a modern development of apartments occupying a prime location within the very heart of Dartmouth. This select development is situated near to the bustling market square with easy access to local shops, restaurants and amenities. The Apartment is located on the third floor and has lift access to this level. On approaching the property there is a covered terrace which has room for a small table and chairs and this in turn leads into the apartment. Inside, there are spacious and light rooms with a modern kitchen and bathroom. There are two double bedrooms and a wonderful large living room with pleasant views over the market square.
Another Northern seaside gem, Tynemouth has grown in popularity with locals and visitors alike due to the two beaches it offers, and the restaurant, cafe, and bar filled town centre. Tynemouth Longsands is a beautiful sandy stretch great for surfing, and King Edward’s Bay under the ruins on the cliff offers a sheltered cove with fabulous seafood from Riley’s fish shack. Grab a coffee or an ice cream from the little cafes or enjoy tapas and a few drinks in the evening.
A handsome Grade II Listed former vicarage, built circa 1820 in a Gothic Revival style, standing in a magnificent position with substantial grounds and amazing views towards the Angel of the North. This exceptional country house has a beautiful front façade complemented by sash-style windows. The immaculate living space has been sympathetically modernised to retain a range of traditional features which sit perfectly alongside contemporary additions.
A traditional family house that has evolved over the years to now provide a substantial three-storey detached period home of generous proportions and complemented by established gardens. Standing back from Station Road you gain access to the property off a small private road known as Brewery Square. This fine double-fronted home is convenient for access to the thriving and well served community of Stanley which has a bustling centre with a range of shops, a choice of schools and the Louisa Centre with fitness suite and swimming pool. From Stanley you are well placed for access to the cities of Newcastle and Durham, the A1M and only 7 miles from Chester le Street which has a train station.
The medieval port town of Rye on the Southeast Coast is well worth a visit, if only to wander the quaint cobbled streets lined with idyllic half-timbered houses . Of course, there is much more to see and do than just wander the streets. Visit the charming old-fashioned Inns - of which there are plenty, browse the charming antique shops or even take a trip to Camber Sands beach. Take in the town's history by visiting Rye Castle, Ypres Tower or the 12th Century church, and even discover the Grade II listed Rye Windmill on the banks of the river.
The Bath House is one of the most historic, cleverly converted homes in St Leonards. Its past tells stories of a school swimming bath, a church and a glass factory. Completely dilapidated on purchase, the current vendors have renovated this wonderous property into a family home with a bowling alley and home cinema. With a plethora of fine and fun features, exciting entertaining spaces meet comfortable family living, all under one roof.
A beautiful detached Victorian villa which has undergone extensive refurbishment. The accommodation has many period features, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling French doors, large sash windows and is arranged over three floors comprising of six bedrooms with a large open-plan kitchen reception, self-contained annexe and lower ground floor flat. Other key features include oak flooring, three additional reception rooms, eight bathrooms, a large driveway which can park 4 cars, a south facing rear garden,a separate studio/workshop and wonderful sea views.
This picturesque seaside town found on the Suffolk Heritage coast is perhaps one of the most colourful seaside towns in the UK. Not only do the bright beach huts line the sandy coastline, but the village itself is filled with coloured buildings that make up shops and holiday homes. You can even rent one to stay in and use it as your base to explore. Visit the Southwold Lighthouse, walk along the pier, and potter among the shops.
Smartly conceived and exquisitely finished, this contemporary home has much to catch your eye. Spacious and light with style in abundance, the appeal of the property cannot be denied. With a sheltered rear garden and parking aplenty, it is a winner both inside and out, while the coastal village setting enhances the offering.
This intriguing Grade II* Listed, period home with centuries of character has been lovingly restored, offering further potential to make it your own. The timber framed house is situated in Shadingfield with three bedrooms and attic space, two fine reception rooms, a kitchen with an oil fired aga and beautiful gardens.
St Davids in Pembrokeshire holds the title of Britain’s smallest city, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character and things to do. In the city itself, find the iconic St David’s Cathedral, that dates to the 12th Century, visit the gothic ruins of Bishops Palace by the river, or simply enjoy a coastal walk. You can also take boat trips to the nearby offshore islands, that are brimming with wildlife.
Sitting beside the old drover's road and above a branch of the Western Cleddau in a wooded valley, Gramarye - the name means magic in Old English - rewards your ownership with peace, quiet, and privacy. Surrounded by mature trees, the house was built in 2002 and has never been on the open market before. It is a five double bedroom, three-bathroom home designed to fit into its landscape, to look as though it was always here.
Y Gwesty Bach is a unique, characterful group of dwellings with a long and interesting history. The main house has evolved over three stages having been a farmhouse in 1760, a private residence during the 1800's, a small guesthouse, a village store with post office and petrol pump in the forecourt, a popular restaurant and more recently as a combination of popular community pub and seven-bed private family residence.
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