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With our chances of international travel looking iffier each day, many of us across the UK are planning to swerve overseas trips completely this summer. Luckily, if you’re ready to blast away those cobwebs with a spot of sun, sand and sea air, the UK’s wild, sweeping coastline is dotted with more pretty and enthralling beach towns than you can shake a bucket and spade at.
Forget the clichés of rain, pebbles, chippies and faded towns well past their heyday. Not one does our island nation boast a clutch of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but many of the places clustered around them are having a renaissance right now – with cutting-edge arts initiatives and destination bars, pubs and restaurants making British seaside holidays cool again.
So, now that domestic holidays are back on the agenda (overnight stays are allowed from April 12 in self-catered accommodation like Airbnbs and campsites, and stays in hotels, B&Bs and hostels will be possible from May 17), it’s time to start planning your next trip to the seaside. From arty hotspots in Cornwall to quaint fishing towns in Wales and secluded coves in Scotland, consider this your seaside guide for the summer ahead.
Heading out from the capital on your jaunt? Check out our guide to the best seaside towns near London.
Please note: Travel from England to Wales and Scotland is currently not allowed. Many facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention will be closed at the moment. Government advice is to avoid public transport so don’t travel by train or bus. Please be mindful of the people who live locally. If you decide to travel, check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social distancing guidelines on your visit.