Everyone loves a British seaside resort with the sandy beaches, the arcades, piers, cafes, restaurants, shows , nightlife and of course the fish and chips. It is was the most popular holiday in the UK before people went on holiday abroad. Despite the change in holiday trends you can still enjoy a great short break or holiday at a number of great seaside locations. You will often find these holiday resorts packed on a sunny bank holiday weekend. Seaside breaks can still offer a good budget holiday option for couples and single travellers.
Seaside Holidays by Coach
Depending on where you live and how far you wish to travel, most people are not far away from the coast. There are lots of self drive hotel breaks available offering great accommodation for anyone with a car.
Alternatively you could travel to your chosen seaside resort by coach on a coach holiday. This way you can sit back and relax while someone else does the driving. Not only that but you could go further and visit a seaside town you may otherwise have thought was a bit far to travel.
Coach holidays tend to either own hotels or have the buying power to get great prices. Therefore you get good accommodation at a great price with coach travel to the hotel in the one price.
The hotels usually have some entertainment and include meals. Obviously check and see what is included in the cost before you book. You may be pleasantly surprised to see that some coach holiday forms include excursions in the cost of the holiday. So you get to see the surrounding area and places of interest as well.
Alfa Travel use Leisureplex hotels for all their seaside coach holidays and self drive breaks. Leisureplex have over 20 hotels in England, Scotland and Wales.
Self Drive – UK Holiday Resorts at the Seaside
If a coach holiday or tour does not appeal to you, there are still options. You could easily mirror the coach holidays and enjoy your own self drive break. Many of the coach holidays offer the same hotels they use for their coach trips as self drive hotel breaks.
This way you can enjoy all the amenities as if you were on a coach holiday and have the freedom to travel where and when you want. Stay longer at a particular attraction or add places you really want to visit. A great way to discover things to do and places to visit are to see where the coach holidays visit and visit the locations that appeal to you > more
English Seaside Holidays
Also known as Weston, is a popular seaside town in Somerset. Weston offers visitors a nice clean beach with a promenade running along the 2-mile stretch between Marine Lake and Royal Sands. A trip to the Grand Pier offers plenty of traditional seaside family fun and great food. Whilst visiting the pier enjoy freshly cooked fish and chips or just a cup of tea or coffee > more
Newquay is a town located on the north coast of Cornwall. Well known for Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches. A very popular seaside holiday destination especially with surfers. However there is lots to do for everyone. You could visit Newquay Zoo, Dolphin watching tour, sea angling trips and more. A good base to explore St Ives with its picturesque harbour, Padstow on the Camel Estuary or the Eden Project overlooking St. Austell Bay > more
Torquay is a famous seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon. The birth place of the author Agatha Christie with some local landmarks mentioned in her books. Torquay Harbour and marina is near the town centre which has restaurants, shops and cafes. Things to do in Torquay include a visit to the gardens of Torre Abbey. Cockington Court Manor House, Babbacombe Model Village, the beach at Corbyn Sands and much more. Nearby options for visiting include Teignmouth, Dartmouth, Buckfast Abbey and the South Devon Railway > more
Holidays in Bournemouth
Bournemouth has five blue flag beaches and of course the pier. Due to it's micro climate it also has some of the warmest sea temperatures in Britain. Rent a Bournemouth Beach hut and make the most of your day at the beach. Explore the town on the land train travelling along the prom between Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier East. Check out the views from the cliff tops on the West Cliff lift. Places to visit nearby include Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Weymouth and Portland. Not forgetting Poole which is just over 5 miles away > more
Exmouth is a port town and one of the oldest seaside resort in Britain. The promenade at Exmouth is the longest seafront in Devon. The Esplanade is where everyone heads at the weekend and during the holidays. You can enjoy a stroll and stop for a cup of tea or coffee and people watch. It is also beautifully lit in the evenings and a moonlit wander is a great way to finish off your day. A great way to see the area is on the land train which runs between the town and the seafront. Exmouth is located 11 miles southeast of Exeter so you have the option to visit Exeter for a day trip. Other day trip options include Sidmouth, Seaton, Teignmouth, Dartmoor and Dawlish > more
Bognor Regis Holidays
Bognor Regis seaside resort in West Sussex, 25 miles west of Brighton. Bognor Regis is another traditional seaside destination with nearly three miles of promenade and one of the best sunshine records in the UK. Not forgetting the town's Victorian pier which sadly isn't worth a visit! There are lots to do and see such as Hotham Park with its miniature railway and boating lake. Marine Park Gardens, which well-tended and depending when you visit you could be treated to some amazing floral displays. Day trips away from the town include Chichester, Arundel, Portsmouth and Southsea > more
Isle of Wight Holidays in Shanklin
Isle of Wight, Shanklin
Shanklin is a seaside resort on the Isle of Wight. Shanklin beach and Small Hope beach offers a couple of options a relaxing day . Alternatively visit Shanklin Chine a historic gorge, nature trails and of course amazing waterfalls. Another great attraction to visit is the Needles Landmark Attraction. Check out the views on the famous chairlifts and then off for a beverage at the licenced tea rooms. Enjoy the Isle of Wight Steam Railway travelling from Havenstreet. Other day trips include Newport & Cowes or the picture-postcard village of Godshill > more
Holidays in the Isle of Wight, Sandown
Isle of Wight, Sandown
On the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight is the seaside resort of Sandown. Sandown itself is flatter than Shanklin. Expect long stretches of golden sandy beach and the traditional British seaside pier. Popular with walkers is the Isle Of Wight coastal footpath and you can access it from Sandown. Day trip options Alum Bay, Godshill and Cowes > more
Perhaps one of the more sophisticated seaside resorts. It has a spacious promenade and a predominantly shingle beach. Along the seafront is the famous Carpet Gardens line the seafront. Another seaside resort with an excellent sunshine record. Attractions and places to visit include Eastbourne Redoubt, built to keep Napoleon's armies out. Pevensey Castle, Herstmonceux Castle Estate and the Wish Tower. Away from the town you could visit Brighton, Battle Abbey & Rye > more
Cromer is a traditional seaside resort on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is approximately 34 miles up the coast from Great Yarmouth and 24 miles away from Norwich. Cromer has it's famous pier which offers traditional seaside entertainment in the pier's Pavilion Theatre. Cromer offers holidaymakers a nice sandy beach, museums, surfing and lots of walks. You could also enjoy a visit to the Amazona Zoo. Day trip options include Sheringham, Norwich, Sandringham, Bure Valley Railway, The Broads and Wells-next-the-Sea > more
Great Yarmouth Holidays
You will fnd the popular seaside resort of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk on the east coast of England. Known for it's long sandy beach (15 miles) and it's four mile circular promenade walk. Great Yarmouth is in a unique location where the sea meets the Broads National Park. Expect seaside amusements, crazy golf, theme parks for kids of all ages, bowling and the Sea Life Centre. Check out the model village and the pleasure beach with numerous restaurants, cafés and seafront tea rooms. Take in a show at one of the theatres, visit the casino or seaside race track for the greyhound racing. Typical day trips from Great Yarmouth include Cromer, the Broads, Norwich, Aldeburgh or Southwold > more
Blackpool, also known as the UK's pleasure capital, one of the most famous of all the British seaside resots. Blackpool has it all. Boasting a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, entertainment and attractions, shopping and nightlife; there really is something for everyone in Blackpool. Attractions include Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the Blackpool Tower, the piers and of course the beach. Not forgetting the famous Blackpool Illuminations. Stroll along the 1.6 miles of promenade, enjoy the arcades and of course the obligatory fish and chips. Day trip options from Blackpool include Southport, Lake Windermere, Ribble Valley, Skipton and Grasmere > more
Bridlington is located on the Holderness Coast of the North Sea. Bridlington South Beach is a lovely clean beach with easy access from the lower promenade or from the Bridlington Spa. Around 6 miles away is Fraisthorpe Beach alternatively check out the North Beach. There is a lot of sandy options in Bridlington. If the beach isn't your thing you could visit the Bridlington Animal Park, Bondville Model Village, Bridlington Old Town or the Bayle Museum. There is always the land train which will give you a quick tour of the area. Day trips away options include Scarborough, Filey, Burton Agnes Hall, Beverley, City of York and Withernsea > more
Scarborough has been a favorite destination of many tourists all over the world for generations. Its beautiful beaches, splendid resorts and historical landmarks, making it an ideal seaside resort for anyone. It’s been rated as one of the best holiday destinations in the UK. Scarborough has 2 sandy bays on either side of the 12th-century Scarborough Castle. It is without doubt a traditional seaside resort with sand, sea, arcades, candyfloss and fish and chips. Scarborough is around 20 miles from North York Moors National Park yet it also has lots of other local attractions to also enjoy. Peasholm Park is popular for walks, boat rides and the Scarborough North Bay Railway . Visit the castle or visit the Seal Life centre or watch a game of cricket at Scarborough cricket club. Day trips away include Bridlington, Beverley, North York Moors, Whitby and York > more
UK Holiday Resorts – Wales Seaside Towns & Resorts
Llandudno is a seaside resort in North Wales which offers visitors lots of options. You can see what Llandudno has to offer and enjoy the view from the Great Orme. A great walk to the top of you can take the tram and stop off at the copper mine on the way up. Great Orme cable cars offers outstanding views so make sure you have your camera ready.
The Home Front Museum offers visitors the sounds of civilian life during the second world war in this unique indoor attraction. You could also walk along the promenade or the beach and of course there is the usual seaside pier. Llandudno Pier has it's seaside amusement arcade and small gift shops. Not forgetting the bar at the end with entertainment and music. Day trips from Llandudno include Anglesey, Beaumaris, Caernarfon & Snowdonia > more
Tenby Holidays, Wales
You will find the resort of Tenby in south west Wales. Better known for it's town walls, the oldest independent museum in Wales and it's excellent sandy beach. Tenby things to do include shopping at the Tenby indoor market, speciality & gift shops, a visit to the lifeboat station, Manor Wildlife Park, Tenby Castle and more.
There are plenty of Tenby restaurants to choose from as well as cafes, pubs and the obligatory seaside resort fish and chips. Tenby weather in the peak summer months of July and August can reach 20°c while in June and September it is around 17°c. Day trips from Tenby include Pembroke, St Davids, Carmarthen, Narberth, Broad Haven and Gwili Railway > more
Porthcawl Holidays in Wales
Located on the south coast of Wales, Porthcawl is just 25 miles away from Cardiff. Porthcawl is a popular holiday destination which is not surprising with the Porthcawl caravan park nearby. Porthcawl Grand Pavilion offers sea views with tea and coffee. Porthcawl beach options include Rest Bay and Newton Bay beach. Wales Coast Path boardwalk is the place to head for a good walk, perhaps to the Kenfig National Nature Reserve just over 3 miles away. After that treat yourself to some Porthcawl fish and chips or enjoy a meal in one of the many Porthcawl restaurants.
Day trips from Porthcawl options include St Fagans National History Museum, Tenby, Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and Bracelet Bay, Cyfarthfa Castle and Brecon Mountain Railway > more
Criccieth in Wales
Criccieth is on the Llyn peninsula of Gwynedd and around 17 miles south of Caernarfon. This attractive Victorian seaside resort is popular with tourists for its fantastic beaches and it's access to the Snowdonia Mountains. Overlooking the town on its headland stands the remains of the 13th century Criccieth Castle. About 17 miles away is the Ffestiniog Railway offering a fantastic rail journey through Snowdonia National Park.
Day trips from the Criccieth include Portmeirion, Llanberis village, Ffestiniog, Barmouth and Llanberis village > more
Scotland Seaside Towns & Resorts
Scotland is not just mountains and great scenery there are some great beaches as well.
Holidays in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
The main town on the Cowal peninsula on the western shore of the upper Firth of Clyde. Dunoon offers visitors a number of things to do and see during their stay. The castle near Dunoon is the Castle House Museum which also offers great views. Visit the Glenfinart Walled Garden originally the kitchen garden for Glenfinart Estate. Dunoon Burgh Hall is the place to head for art exhibitions, theatre and cultural events.
The weather for Dunoon in the peak summer months the temperature averages at around 18°c (64°f) It can still rain however they are used to that and there are still things to do. You could visit the charming two screen cinema.
When it comes to places to eat there is a wide range of options from the Dunoon indian restaurants to great Dunoon fish and chips takeaway. Day Trips from Dunoon options could include Loch Lomond, Tighnabruaich, Mount Stuart, Inveraray Castle, Arran, Cumbrae and Glasgow > more
Holidays to Fort William
Not really a traditional British seaside resort but it's located on the shores of Loch Linnhe and offers visitors lots of options and breathtaking scenery. It's location provides easy access to Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis valley and the nearby Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Glasgow to Fort William is around 110 miles away and it's around 45 miles away from Oban. Fort William things to do include Steall Waterfall, Old Inverlochy Castle, Ben Nevis Distillery, Old Fort of Fort William and obviously loads of walks and cycling routes. The Fort William steam train the Jacobite Steam Train is arguably one of the greatest steam railway journeys in the world (as seen on the Harry Potter movie!) Weather for Fort William can vary and averages at around 17°c in July and August. Fort William what to do for a daytrip? You could visit Oban, Mallaig, Isle of Skye, Inverness and of course Loch Ness for some monster hunting! > more
It's always a good idea to see what special events or festivals are on when picking a holiday destination. This way you can experience something new and different during your stay. A great way to do this is by checking on the official British Tourist website (click here) Many of the coach holidays include half and full day excursions. You can usually get great advice from the coach drivers on places to eat and visit during your stay at your chosen seaside resort or when on trips.