UK’s Top 10 Beaches As Voted By TripAdvisor Users
-One would not necessarily think of visiting beaches in the United Kingdom, as the UK is not known for its great weather. Surprisingly there are some AMAZING beaches along the coast line. So follow me as we visit the Top 10 beaches voted by the users at TripAdvisor-
So why in hell I decided to write a piece on the top 10 UK beaches? Everyone knows how crazy I am about the beaches in Sardinia, but the other day I was talking to a friend and he said to me “Clelia, a beach is not only good for swimming, it’s much more than that “. I thought about it, and he’s right. When I think about the perfect beach, the first thought that crosses my mind is “can I swim?!”.. but you have to forgive me, I am half human and half fish!
In addition to that, I have a little secret to confess. After 6 months in Asia, I’m going back to Europe for a few months and while researching for my flight back, I found myself in a very unusual situation… I thought about my time in the UK and damn it, sometimes, no matter how miserable I felt in there, I miss the place that had become my second home for so many years. Yes, despite the weather :). Check out my latest guide of the best spots in Southern England!
I visited some very nice and interesting locations when I was living in there, but I didn’t give much thought to the beaches. During my “trip down memory lane” moment, I found an article on the Daily Mail online about the top beaches in the UK by Tripadvisor, and I have to admit… not only was I blown away by the beauty of some of them, but I realized that I totally underestimated them. Mea culpa!
This is my little present to my past years in the UK and I thought it might help you to avoid my mistakes and visit these incredible places whenever you have time (If I ever will be back, I’ll make sure to pay a visit to my favorites on the list, I promise!)
#1 | WOOLACOMBE BEACH
Located in North Devon, Woolacombe is one of the most well-maintained beaches along the coast. The beach stretches for miles and offers breath taking views. No wonder it was crowned “Best British Beach” by Coast Magazine in 2012 (and now is N.1 on Tripadvisor!).
Woolacombe is a wide beach sheltered by dunes, cliffs and green hills. There are numerous activities to do along the beach, including surfing, walking along the beach, relax and have a bite to eat at one of the cafe’s or just soak up the sun.
For dog owners, the beach has a separate section for dogs and their owners to run around and have fun in the sun.
The facilities on the beach are great, with excellent parking (free during off season), and numerous shops to pick up those forgotten necessities or refreshments.
Want to save some money for your holidays to this incredible beach? Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks is the most popular for self-catering holidays in Woolacombe, Devon perfect for families and they run some great holiday deals which you can view here.
Woolacombe is also known for its good surfing waves coming from the Atlantic Ocean. This makes it popular with the local surfers, grab your surfing board and have some fun!
The surfing area is also separated from the swimming area, meaning you can relax in the water without getting in the way. During the peak season there are life guards keeping the swimmers safe as well.Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Woolacombe Beach
#2 | WEYMOUTH BEACH
Located in Weymouth Bay in Dorset, this long beach offers clean sand and waters which is popular for sea bathing.
The beach itself is wide and gently slopes towards the shallow waters, where small waves washes to the shore.
It is adjacent to the town of Weymouth which offers numerous resorts and little restaurants to fill the stomach. During summer season, traditional activities such as donkey rides, funfairs, volleyball and amazing sand sculptures can be enjoyed whilst soaking up the summer sun.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Weymouth Beach
#3 | RHOSSILI BAY
Located about 10-15 miles into the countryside of Gower, this beautiful beach easily secures his spot as #3 of all beaches in the United Kingdom.
The beach stretches for 3 miles and is backed by sand dunes. At the southern end of the bay, is a tidal island named Worm’s Head. This island can only be accessed during low tide. This is one of my personal favorites, you can reas more on its history and curious facts (including the feature for the Olympic games in 2012) on Wikipedia.
During low tide, numerous ship wrecks can be spotted along the beach. Helvetia being the most prominent when looking north of Rhossili. You gotta love this beach!
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Rhossili Bay
#4 | ST. BRELADE’S BAY BEACH
Located in Jersey, a small English Island close to the coast of Normandy- France, this beach is simply perfect, with turquoise waters, sandy shores and rock on the sides. It’s also great for family holidays. When the tide is low, the beach opens up and makes it perfect for a stroll or a game of beach football.
There are plenty of small cafe’s and restaurants along the promenade where you can grab a bite to eat or a nice sun downer cocktail.
There are lots of activities to keep the kids busy, as the waters are safe to swim with no hidden currents, lots of sand and great stretches of rocks. I was very impressed with this beach (and remember how picky I am!) and another plus is its location, as the weather is more predictable during the summer months.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for St. Brelade’s Bay
#5 | PORTHMINSTER BEACH
Located north of St. Ives Bay in Cornwall, this beautiful beach is perfect for a getaway. Shops and restaurants are a plenty next to the beach, where you can grab something to eat with stunning view.
The beach is big enough for children to play in the sand building sand castles, while others play a game of football.
Your canine friends are welcomed on the beach to have some fun and experience the ocean too (nice to know for all the dog’s lovers!). Seems like this beach has a little something to offer for everyone!
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Porthminster Beach!
#6 | PERRANPORTH BEACH
Located on the north coast of Cornwall, Perranporth is a dog-friendly beach, which is mostly occupied by holiday goers walking their dogs.
If you are worried about being surrounded by dogs everywhere, do not let this put you down! The beach stretches for 3 miles, offering more than enough sand, rocks pools, dunes and cliffs for all to enjoy.
Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this beach is popular among surfers who comes to enjoy the waves. There are numerous shops close to the beach, including a pub-on-the-beach called The Watering Hole.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Perranporth Beach!
#7 | FISTRAL BEACH
Located on the north coast of Cornwall, Fistral Beach is known as a “surfers mecca“. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, guarantees consistent swell for the surfers.
Plenty of clean facilities located along the beach, with the Headland Hotel overlooking the whole bay.
Great for an outing with the kids, although it takes quite a few steps to reach the beach. Amazing views over the bay and some great restaurants to grab something to eat and drink.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Fistral Beach!
#8 | LUSKENTYRE BEACH
Located on the west coast of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This beach is absolutely amazing, no matter the weather (and its maybe not-so-easy access).
Perfect beach for a romantic getaway. It is quite isolated, with amazing views and it’s not unlikely having the whole beach to yourself.
As the sun sets, the colors of the beach changes, creating awe inspiring scenes. Lots to explore on this beach, take your time! 🙂 Oh by he way, I was lucky enough to visit Scotland a few times and, oh my…that place resembles a fairy tale, I can only imagine how incredible this beach might look in real life!
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Luskentyre Beach!
#9 | HENGISTBURY HEAD
There has been human activity here since the Upper Paleolithic. Other than the historical importance of the site, this beach offers a wide variety of activities.
Whether you want to jog, cycle or have a quiet walk, this beach has the modern relaxing charm to it.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Hengistbury Head!
#10 | SANDBANKS BEACH
Located between Bournemouth and Poole, the Sandbanks is an Upper Class piece of real estate.
This is noticeable by the grand houses and beautiful views of the harbor, Brown Sea Island and Studland.
Other than the fancy houses, there are nice cafe’s and restaurants as well as a very enjoyable mini-golf and playground area for the kids.
Check Tripadvisor’s Reviews for Sandbanks!
So, do you have any favorite amongst these beaches? Or did TripAdvisor left some gems out of the list? Let me know in the comments 🙂