Top 5 British seaside resort towns

Blackpool tower

Blackpool tower, photo by Ingy The Wingy/flickr

Summer is here! If you like seaside resorts but you still don’t know where to spend your holiday, let me give you a tip: in Britain! Great Britain is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the whole world. If you would like to have a gorgeous vacation, you can’t go wrong with this country! Not only the seaside resorts and coastal parts of Britain are famous, but also the historic towns, the impressive monuments and buildings, the national parks, rural sites, its fascinating history and culture. Being the ninth largest island in the world, Britain has over 12.000 km of coastline, with several beautiful seaside resorts and beaches. In this article I will presents the top 5 most famous and most beautiful seaside resorts of Britain. Choose any of them and spend a memorable vacation in Britain!


The gorgeous seaside town of Blackpool is located in North West England, on the coast of the Irish Sea. Blackpool is considered the most popular British seaside town, drawing visitors from all around the country and not only. There are several tourist attractions in Blackpool, such as the Pleasure Beach Blackpool which is a family owned amusement park. It is the 3rd most visited amusement park in the United Kingdom. Other attractions of the town include: the Blackpool Tower which was inspired by the Eiffel Tower, the North, Central and South piers, the Grand Theatre, the Winter Gardens, the Sandcastle Water Park and so on. Of course, the main attraction of the town is the beach. The unspoiled sandy beach is perfect for relaxation. If you travel with children, don’t forget to bring the bucket and spade to “build” some spectacular sand castles!

Blackpool tower

Blackpool tower, photo by Ingy The Wingy/flickr


Just 65 miles from London, Brighton is situated in East Sussex, on the south coast of Great Britain. During the 18th century the town emerged as a health resort featuring sea bathing. Also known as “London by the Sea” due to its convenient location for Londoners, Brighton offers a spectacular beach with fantastic shops, restaurants and cafes. One of the most popular attractions of the beach is the Brighton Pier, also called Palace Pier. Brighton Pier is one of the best family entertainment destinations in Britain, having some of the best seaside entertainment possibilities, such as amusement arcades, rides for all the family, several events and so on.

Brighton, photo by idleformat/flickr


The large coastal resort town in the county of Dorset, situated on the South Coast is a popular destination for tourists. There are several “normal” seaside entertainment possibilities on the beach, such as sand castle “building”. The beach is characterized by golden sand and clear blue water. Bournemouth is a vibrant cosmopolitan town that includes shops, restaurants, theatres, having vibrating nightlife, fantastic events and shows. For the lovers of water sports, Bournemouth is a very good choice. Jetskiing is just one of the water sports which can be practiced here.


Although located on the North Yorkshire coast, Scarborough manages an average of 19 degrees during the summer months. It is the perfect holiday destination for visitors of all ages. The beach is divided into two parts: the North- and the South Bay. Among other attractions, Scarborough has a castle for history-lovers, fun parks, a lighthouse, St. Mary’s Church and the famous Sea Life Centre.

Scarborough Harbor, photo by Thomas Tolkien/flickr


Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire, Whitby has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, and is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey. There are two Whitby beaches, one each side of the River Esk. With over 2 miles of sand, the beaches are extremely popular. Wind surfing, sailing and surfing are some of the sport activities that can be practiced off the beaches, between Whitby and Sandsend. The area is also famous with divers.

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