Gone are the days when hanging out on a British beach meant eating soggy chips while fending off an army of seagulls. Some of the country’s coolest towns and cities can be found down by the seaside – just take a look at Margate and Brighton. Or, if you fancy something a little more cute than cool, then our range of seaside holiday cottages are sure to inspire you. Whether you are swinging by the South West for cream teas and thatched cottages, or heading north for wild winds and long walks, there’s a seaside break for every taste and style.
Hang out come rain or shine in the UK’s cool seaside towns
It doesn’t matter what the weather chooses to do when you spend a seaside break in Margate, Brighton or Cardigan in Wales. With its notoriously unreliable weather, it can be hard to plan seaside breaks in the UK, which is why it helps to book one either in or close to one of the country’s coolest seaside cities. Brighton has been attracting the cool crowd for decades, of course, while Margate’s hipster credentials are a lot more recent but no less impressive.
Spend time meandering around marvellous Margate
Margate is perfect for short getaways and seaside breaks, especially for those who live in the south east. With fast, easy links from London, this town by the sea can be reached in under 2 hours by train and is perfect for ambling around on foot. Margate used to be all blue rinses and frilly tea rooms, but now it has everything from cool coffee shops to delicious pop-up restaurants, as well as a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and a 50s-retro theme park called Dreamland.
Get in with the in-crowd in boisterous Brighton
Like Margate, Brighton dates back to the Victorian era when taking the waters in seaside towns was all the rage. Since then it has got a lot cooler and is now one of the country’s most liberal and lively cities. As with Margate, there’s something for everyone here, whether you want to let your hair down with a night on the town, fancy shopping in the Lanes or are visiting with the kids, in which case SEA LIFE Brighton could be your first port of call.
Seek out Britain’s most beautiful beaches on a seaside break
The UK’s coastline is over a staggering 19,000 miles long, so it should come as no surprise that parts of it are also staggeringly beautiful. You only have to look at photos of Cornwall’s turquoise waters, or Whitby’s rugged beauty to get a sense of how diverse the country’s beaches are, which means wherever you are in the country, and wherever you want to go, there’s a seaside break that’s right for you.
Swap the Mediterranean for the Cornish Riviera
Head down to Porthcurno Beach on a hot summer’s day and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled upon a Grecian isle. The water here is such a clear and bright blue it’s been enchanting and attractions visitors for years. In fact, Cornwall’s Porthcurno Beach is such a famously beautiful seaside location that the open-air Minack Theatre was built overlooking the beach’s craggy outcrops and turquoise waters, adding even more drama to the proceedings. Even on a less than brilliant day, this incredible stretch of coastline is sure to leave an impression.
The art of the perfect seaside break
Crosby Beach can be found just north of Liverpool, which might not be the first place you think of when you think of seaside breaks, but certainly offers a break from the norm. This wide, wild beach boasts over 2 miles of ideal walking spots, but best of all it also boasts unique sculptures by one of the UK’s most famous artists, Antony Gormley. Gormley’s cast iron figures stand sentry over the shifting sands in a slightly spooky, has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed style. So, while you might not be whipping out the bikini and sunscreen here, you'll certainly be whipping out the camera to capture this dramatic sight.