Beaches in the UK

Haven is the home of seaside holidays and we’re particularly proud that are parks are within reaching distance of some of the finest beaches the UK has to offer. Incredible stretches of sand can be found in all four directions of mainland Britain and its surrounding islands. A home from home for you with Haven is never far away, as you’ll see in our series of beach-inspired articles. Sit down, relax and read a beach guide or shortlist of your choice, setting you up perfectly for your next delightful uk beach holiday.

The North East

Best beaches in the North East

Best beaches in the North East

The Northern Powerhouse isn’t just a saying related to the great towns of the north. You can apply the popular phrase to the region’s beaches too, with the North East home to some of the most epic coastline in the entire country.

Beaches in the North East

Beaches in the North East

The North East is blessed with some of the most untouched coastal areas on the British mainland. A short drive from the region’s biggest cities takes you to a different world, often after just an hour on the road.

8 of the Best Beaches in Lincolnshire

8 of the Best Beaches in Lincolnshire

When it comes to beaches in the UK, the South or West Coasts often gets all the plaudits. However, the East Coast also has some seriously underrated spots. 

Beaches in Lincolnshire

Beaches in Lincolnshire

The county of Lincolnshire is steeped in history with its monasteries and abbeys, an ancient county town and agricultural tradition. Lincolnshire also boasts an excellent coastline.

Best beaches in Northumberland

Best beaches in Northumberland

As the country’s most spacious county, Northumberland is home to a diverse county made up of rugged hills and moors in the west and a stunning, rugged coastline to the east. Northumberland is highly underrated as a coastal holiday spot.

Beaches in Northumberland

Beaches in Northumberland

Sitting on the English-Scottish border, Northumberland is a wild, unspoilt county that holds the accolade of being the most unpolluted county in England. This makes it a fantastic place to cleanse the senses and go stargazing.

Best beaches in Yorkshire

Best beaches in Yorkshire

Yorkshire, or God’s Own County as it’s fondly known, is a county of great natural beauty – from the open sweeping moorland to the rolling dales, the landscape has offerings for every taste.

Beaches in Yorkshire

Beaches in Yorkshire

The historic county of Yorkshire is the largest in the country, and arguably the most beautiful to boot. God’s Own County, as it’s often known, attracts holidaymakers from far and wide, with its array of striking and attractive landscapes.

The North West

The best beaches in the North West

The best beaches in the North West

The North West is home to some of the greatest cities in the UK. Hubs of cosmopolitan culture and enterprise, they’re also just a stone’s throw away from the coast. Beaches bring a breather to the non-stop vibe associated with urban life in this area.

Beaches in the North West

Beaches in the North West

The North West is one of the most populated parts of England, with major cities pretty close to the coast. There is a wide range of beaches that welcome people from near and far across the region, each with its own characteristics.

Best beaches near Blackpool

Best beaches near Blackpool

Renowned for its busy night life, bustling high season and traditional seaside amusements. However, the town itself and the surrounding coastline also boasts many idyllic beaches and mile-long stretches of promenade with classic British seaside backdrop.

Beaches near Blackpool

Beaches near Blackpool

Blackpool is a lively Lancashire town that’s known for its 500ft tall tower, amusements and pretty promenade. The city also boasts sandy and pristine beaches that line the western shore.

Best beaches near the Lake District

Best beaches near the Lake District

The Lake District, largest of the United Kingdom’s national parks, famously boasts 16 lakes (and many smaller tarns) and more than 150 high peaks. However, did you know that the surrounding area is also home to 30 listed beaches?

Beaches near the Lake District

Beaches near the Lake District

The Lake District is a stunning holiday destination in the North West of the UK. Not only is the area home to magnificent lakes, rugged mountains, atmospheric forests and rolling fields, but it also boasts some fine coastal scenery.

The South East

Best beaches in the South East

Best beaches in the South East

South East England is home to tens of millions of people, with activity centred around London, not only the biggest city in the UK but one of the world’s central hubs.

Beaches in the South East

Beaches in the South East

The South East is England’s most populated area. Many different beaches serve the people that call it home and attract visitors near and far, domestically and internationally.

Best beaches in Essex

Best beaches in Essex

Essex is a county that truly has it all, from the historic Roman centre in Colchester to the eerie wilds of the blackwater salt marches along the River Colne.

Beaches in Essex

Beaches in Essex

Essex boasts one of the most diverse and extensive coastlines in the UK. From firm-family favourites at Southend and Clacton, to hidden gems at Whitehouse and Brightlingsea, there are a wealth of varied shores for visitors to dip into.

Best beaches in Kent

Best beaches in Kent

Kent’s seaside has been beloved by Londoners escaping the Big Smoke for over two centuries, drawn in by the county’s clean air and sandy beaches. This cliff-lined coastline offers 200km of golden sand.

Beaches in Kent

Beaches in Kent

Despite its relatively proximity to London, Kent is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle. With its rolling countryside and abundant wildlife, it’s easy to see why it’s known as the Garden of England.

Best beaches in Norfolk

Best beaches in Norfolk

With over 90 miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that Norfolk is a real winner when it comes to beaches. We’ve rounded up our favourites from a truly spectacular set of sandy stretches.

Beaches in Norfolk

Beaches in Norfolk

This quintessential guide to beaches in Norfolk is just what’s needed to plan your next trip to the county. Have a read of this article and start planning your next great getaway to East Anglia.

Best beaches in Sussex

Best beaches in Sussex

Famous for its lively cities, elegant stately homes, impressive castles, colourful gardens and cultural connections, Sussex ticks many boxes of the perfect UK holiday.

Beaches in Sussex

Beaches in Sussex

Sussex accounts for 15% of the UK’s total land area so it’s no surprise that the county boasts a variety of natural landscapes, as well as picturesque villages, charming towns and historic cities.

The South West

Best beaches in the South West

Best beaches in the South West

The South West is one of the first places we think of when it comes to a seaside staycation, with beaches at the heart of the region’s appeal.

Beaches in the South West

Beaches in the South West

The South West is one of the first places people turn to for a staycation brimming with beach experiences. It’s easy to see why, with the coastline in this part of the country unrivalled in beauty.

Best beaches in Cornwall

Best beaches in Cornwall

With 422 miles of coastline, Cornwall harbours an endless supply of islets, stacks, coves and bays between its dramatic cliffs.

Beaches in Cornwall

Beaches in Cornwall

With more than 400 beaches across the county, Cornwall has plenty of choice in the way of rock pools, places to bathe in the sea and surfing spots. 

Best beaches in Devon

Best beaches in Devon

The words ‘Devon’ and ‘beach’ go together like clotted cream and jam inside a scone (but don’t ask us which goes in first). With two extensive coastlines, Devon is home to a wide variety of beaches that cater to any purpose.

Beaches in Devon

Beaches in Devon

Undoubtedly one of the more naturally beautiful counties in the UK, Devon is filled with landscapes that live long in the memory.

Best Beaches in Dorset

Best Beaches in Dorset

Dorset is renowned for its charming seaside towns, dramatic clifftop walks and of course, its pristine beaches.

Beaches in Dorset

Beaches in Dorset

Dorset’s main claim to fame is its location on the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Despite the name, fossils and fascinating geological quirks aren’t all that it has to offer.

Best beaches in Somerset

Best beaches in Somerset

Somerset’s magical coast lies just minutes from the county’s most prominent towns, meaning that it’s one of the easiest shores to explore in the UK.

Beaches in Somerset

Beaches in Somerset

Somerset might not have the longest coastline, especially compared with its southwestern neighbours Cornwall and Devon, but it’s blessed with some of the best beaches in the country.

Dog friendly beaches around the UK

Best Dog Friendly Beaches in UK

Best Dog Friendly Beaches in UK

We’ve been there so many times. You’re looking for a day away by the sea. You’ve spotted a place you like. You’ve found a beach to match. You’re getting your stuff together, and just as the bucket and spade go in, you ask yourself if you can bring the dog.

Dog friendly beaches near Blackpool

Dog friendly beaches near Blackpool

Summer was made for enjoying good weather in the company of friends, family and, of course, our four-legged companions. What better place to spend your summer than by the beach, at Britain’s most famous resort town – Blackpool

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Cornwall is full of wonderful beaches which are dog friendly all year round and many more which allow dogs seasonally. Whether you’re bounding across vast expanses of golden sand or getting messy in tidal channels, there is no end to the fun for your dog.

Dog friendly beaches in Devon

Dog friendly beaches in Devon

With two world-famous national parks and over 500 miles of coastline, Devon is a dog owner’s paradise with walks in abundance.

Dog friendly beaches in Dorset

Dog friendly beaches in Dorset

The beaches of the South West are renowned as being the best in the country. Even amongst the stiff competition of its neighbours, Dorset stands out with its gorgeous Jurassic Coast.

Dog friendly beaches in Essex

Dog friendly beaches in Essex

We all know that no beach holiday is complete without the family pup in tow and Essex offers a great selection of pooch-friendly shores. Our furry friends love to splash in the waves and bound across the sands, just like us!

Dog friendly beaches in Kent

Dog friendly beaches in Kent

With so many coastlines to explore in Kent, you may not believe that you're just an hour from London. Kent is a wonderful place to explore with your dog, with plenty of shingle and pebble beaches, it's great for those pooches who aren’t fans of sand.

Dog friendly beaches near the Lake District

Dog friendly beaches near the Lake District

The Lake District might have the highest peaks in England and the widest lakes, but if you stick to the national park boundary you and your pooch will be missing out on some of the area’s excellent beaches.

Dog friendly beaches in Lincolnshire

Dog friendly beaches in Lincolnshire

more than 50 miles down the East of England, so naturally it has its fair share of beaches.

Dog friendly beaches in Norfolk

Dog friendly beaches in Norfolk

No trip to the beach is complete without the furry one in the family, so we’ve rounded up our list of dog friendly beaches in Norfolk for you to bring the dog along to and enjoy making memories.

Dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland

Dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland

From Berwick-upon-Tweed to the River Coquet Estuary, Northumberland boasts 40 miles of coastline that's ripe for exploring with your furry friend. Let's take you through our favourite beaches!

Dog friendly beaches in North Wales

Dog friendly beaches in North Wales

Why should your best furry friend miss out on your next trip? North Wales' beautiful and rugged coastline is packed with all kinds of beaches perfect for people and pooches to explore together.

Dog friendly beaches in Scotland

Dog friendly beaches in Scotland

Holidaying in the UK gives you a great chance to take your furry friends along for the ride, and there's nothing they like more than a walk or run along a wide, sandy beach.

Dog friendly beaches in Somerset

Dog friendly beaches in Somerset

The beaches of Somerset have all you could ever want from a seaside: ice cream, rock pools, lighthouses, fossils, piers, shipwrecks, and plenty of wildlife. This coast has something for the whole family, even the four-legged members.

Dog friendly beaches in Sussex

Dog friendly beaches in Sussex

Sussex has an abundance of sand, sea, and fresh air - what is there for a dog not to love? The county also benefits from more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK, increasing the opportunities for walkies.

Dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire

Dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire

Yorkshire beaches offer up an abundance of activities, trails, and terrains for all the family, and this includes the most energetic and adventurous canine member.

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