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Britain’s best beach holidays

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UK Beach holidays

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We’re all going on a summer holiday…

British summer holidays and beaches go together like tea and toast. The idea of staying in one of the country’s coastal resorts during the warmer months stretches back to Victorian times, with visitor numbers experiencing a strong resurgence in recent years following decades of decline.

Choosing to have a staycation this summer offers holidaymakers countless benefits, with many of the best resorts easily accessible on Britain’s road and rail network. Avoid costly flights, the stress of airports and baggage allowances and take a UK beach holiday this year.

The best summer holidays are full of sun, sea and sand. And whilst we Brits might like to moan about the weather most of the time, during the summer months there are some great beach destinations dotted around the country where we can enjoy all three.

Britain’s beaches are often overlooked attractions but, with the economic downturn causing more and more Brits to stay in the country on holiday, they are now beginning to get the credit they deserve. So look out your bucket and spade, dust down your beach towel and head off to one of the UK’s great beaches this summer.

• South Milton Sands, Devon

Just one of the many award winning beaches in Devon, South Milton Sands is the perfect place to enjoy some summer seaside fun. The beach is ideal for divers, with excellent facilities for holidaymakers looking to enjoy some scuba diving or snorkelling. The beach is also popular with families hoping to catch a glimpse of the seals and dolphins who regularly visit this stretch of the south-westerly coast.

Get there: Holidaymakers can hop on a train to Plymouth to reach South Milton Sands or A381 towards Salcombe and follow the local sign posts.

• North Berwick, East Lothian

Located on the beautiful southern shore of the Firth of Forth, North Berwick ( is home to one of the most idyllic beaches anywhere in Scotland. The boomerang-shaped coast is famous for its towering sand dunes and crystal-blue waters. Visitors to the beach can explore the rocky coast line or unwind in the beach’s tide-filled bathing pool.

Get there: North Berwick has excellent public transport links, with tourists able to take a train to Edinburgh before continuing on to North Berwick.

• Brighton Beach, Brighton

Brighton has one of best developed beachfronts ( in the country and blends outstanding views with modern attractions. The city’s pier is one of most iconic sights in the county, having attracted and entertained holidaymakers since 1899. Visitors to the beach can explore its pebble-strewn sands, enjoy the many waterfront amusements on offer or even take a ride on the 45 metre high Brighton Wheel.

Get there: The city is only around an hour from London and can be reached by a train to Brighton or via the M23.

• Barry Beach, Vale of Glamorgan

The town of Barry has grown hugely in recent years thanks in no small part to its renowned beach. Famous for its role in hit-comedy ‘Gavin & Stacey’, Barry Island’s ( expansive coastal stretches are ideal for long holiday walks and wildlife spotting. Thrill seekers can also enjoy the island’s pleasure park, which has 30 rollercoasters and other rides that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

Get there: Situated just to the south of Welsh capital, holidaymakers can either reach Barry by the A4050 or a train from Cardiff.

What are your fondest memories of a beach holiday you’ve had here in the UK?

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