Coastal activities

Whitby Regatta, the fireworks celebrations at night over the historic town of Whitby and the harbour, North Yorkshire, England.

England is home to some of the most beautiful and unique coastlines in the world. Re-discover the nostalgia of the British seaside whether it’s the salty sea air, sand between your toes or the scent of vinegary fish and chips that draws you in. Stroll along some of the country’s most picturesque beaches and explore seaside villages with their traditional sweet shops, cafés and Victorian piers for a snapshot into our culture and history. 

Whitby Regatta, the fireworks celebrations at night over the historic town of Whitby and the harbour, North Yorkshire, England.

Coastal activities

England is home to some of the most beautiful and unique coastlines in the world. Re-discover the nostalgia of the British seaside whether it’s the salty sea air, sand between your toes or the scent of vinegary fish and chips that draws you in. Stroll along some of the country’s most picturesque beaches and explore seaside villages with their traditional sweet shops, cafés and Victorian piers for a snapshot into our culture and history. 

Aerial view of Bamburgh Castle on the coast of Northumberland, England.

Beaches

From hidden coves and sweeping sand dunes to castles and seafood shacks, no two parts of the English coast are the same but whatever you opt for, the beach is perfect for family breaks and activity holidays.

Floating Exe Cafe, River Exe, Devon, England. Restaurant on a barge. High angle close up of seafood platter and sides.

11 of the best places for seafood

Discover some of the best (and tastiest) English seafood. Tuck into a seafood feast on an island, try a Bloody Mary topped with an oyster or keep it traditional with award-winning fish and chips.

Large flock of birds at sunset near Palace Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Seaside resorts

Buckle up for thrills and spills on a sparkling pleasure pier and then treat yourself to a cloud of candyfloss to make your seaside holiday unforgettable.

Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire, England

Harbours and fishing villages

There’s a certain charm to the fishing villages of England that simply can’t be duplicated. With restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and secret coves and caves to explore, it’s an idyllic escape at any time of year.

Children on harbour wall fishing for crabs, Padstow Harbour, Padstow, Cornwall, England.

Coastal towns

Home to artists and culture of all kinds, are England’s coastal towns. Marinas and harbours are brilliant spots to relax away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living, or to get a taste of working seafront life.

St Michaels Mount, a historic fortified building on a rocky outcrop in the Marazion bay, off the coast of Cornwall. Aerial view.

Coastal landmarks and islands

Head to English’s dramatic coastline where some of the national’s most striking landmarks can be found including St Michael's Mount or venture away from the coast towards one of England’s unspolit islands.

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