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The 19 Best Beaches in England

What are the best beaches in England? If that phrase has ever crossed your mind, then you’ve landed on the right article.

It’s no lie, England is packed with beautiful beaches and coastlines. Some of which you wouldn’t even believe are in this country. Here are the 19 best beaches in England you must visit at some point!

The Best Beaches in England

1. Pentle Bay, Tresco

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Visit this bleached white sand beach and you will be having a broad grin over your face. The beach is complemented by the turquoise-and-emerald ocean. Everything on this ocean is bright, light and tropical in its beautiful brilliance.


2. Sandsend Beach, Whitby

Sandsend Beach - Best beaches in England

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With the cool breezes sweeping across the grassy cliffs over the beach, this spot is both calm and pretty. Love fossil hunting? This beach is the perfect place for it, especially during the low tides.

3. Bamburgh beach, Northumberland

Bamburgh Beach

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This beautiful stretch of wild coastline is overlooked by the majestic Bamburgh castle. A lovely beach along with a historic castle makes it an ideal tourist attraction. Once you visit the beach, make sure to try the ‘The Old Ship Inn’ as it offers sinfully delicious seafood. Definitely one of the best beaches in England.

4. Woolacombe Beach, Devon

1.Woolacombe Beach, Devon - Best Beaches in England

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Woolacombe beach made it to our list of the best beaches in England mostly due to it’s long golden sand beach stretching several miles. It is also popular for its high waves and surfers. Kayaking and jet-skiing can be also done here at very cheap prices. It is family owned and family run thus, making it a nice beach to spend your family time here. Car parks, lifeguard service, first aid and toilets are all well placed at the beach.

5. Porthcurno beach, near Land’s End

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Unarguably, it is one of the most beautiful bay’s that this country has to offer. This beach appears like a funnel of sand caught between lichen-coated granite cliffs. The beach is accessible and is ideal to visit with friends and family.

6. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

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Weymouth beach is situated next to a historic harbour and at 5-minutes’ walk from the city centre. It is packed with entertainment and activities. The beach hosts beach volleyball championships. It also has live music, donkey rides and jaw-dropping fireworks in the evenings. If heading the beach during the Christmas break, make sure to check out the “Chase the Pudding” race. It is one of their traditional events.

7. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea

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One of the most breathtaking beaches to head to, the Rhossili Bay is a three-mile-long fine sand beach which offers scenic views. The beach also offers quite some adventure on foot. Walk to the south and you will find many rare plants and birds such as chough and yellow whitlow grass. If there is low tide, you can walk to a shipwreck that sunk back in 1887.

8. Porthmeor beach, St Ives, Cornwell

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The Porthmeor Beach is a haven for surfers due to its rough and challenging sea. The beach attracts many swimmers and surfers to ride its adrenaline filled waters. The beach is accompanied by many ancient pubs and cafes.

9. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwell

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Unlike its neighbouring beaches, Porthminster is a calm beach. The beach has golden glittering sand and splendid views from the Godrevy Lighthouse. Calm, romantic and peaceful. Walking with your loved one hand in hand with the sound of a wave washing the shore is for sure a walk to remember.

10. Hengistbury head Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset

Hengistbury Head Beach is an unspoiled pebble beach decorated with ironstone cliff. The beach is also visited due to its outstanding grassland and wildlife habitats. The beach does not attract a large crowd so it is an ideal spot if you are looking to sunbath or read your favourite book.

11. Chapel Porth, Cornwell

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The Chapel Porth makes it to the 19 best beaches in England list primarily because its beach is slightly hidden from the public. The Chapel Porth is still mainly untouched and unspoiled but, its fame is spreading fast. Most of the visitors heading to the beach usually head to the nearby St Ives beaches.

12. Hunmanby Gap, North Yorkshire

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The beach is beside the Hunmanby village. With tall cliff shadowing over you, the beach is great for swimming and boating.

13. West Wittering beach, West Sussex

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West Wittering beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the region. The coastline has clear blue sea topped with beautiful white sand. Ideal to go with your family and kids, the levelled beach offers good spots for picnics and games with your kids.

14. Haverigg Beach, Cumbria

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If you want to avoid the crowd, explore a hidden beach and relax with no one around, then Haverigg beach is the one to go. It offers a long sandy beach with calm blue waters.

15. Holkham, Norfolk

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Holkham beach over the years is the recipient of many awards and it sure deserves them. With miles of fine sand and a unique lagoon forming a high tide, the beach offers perfect spots for family picnics.

16. Saunton Sands, Devon

One word that clearly describes this beach is spectacular. The beach offers ever-changing colours of itself with the dawn and dusk along with talc-white sands. Visit this beach and have one of the most tranquil experiences yet.

17. Compton Bay

Compton Bay has multi-colour sandstones and white chalk cliffs overlooking a raging sea. Compton Bay is often a quiet and peaceful place to go with just waves thrashing the shore.

18. Beadnell Beach, Northumberland

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Beadnell beach looks exactly like a horseshoe. The place is great for boating, kayaking and horse riding. Its located near the south end of the Beadnell village.

19. Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall

Low on budget and big on adventure, Treyarnon bay is the one to go. A lovely clean north-west facing beach surrounded by cliffs and light sand dunes. The beach is at walking distance from the Constantine bay to the north. With good lifeguards on duty all the day, the beach is a popular surfing spot form mid to high tides. In 2017, Treyarnon beach was awarded an excellence award for its good water quality!


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