Published: April 30, 2018
For a relatively small area, the UK is surrounded by some fantastic beaches. From the Jurassic Coast littered with fossils to the cinematic Welsh coast, TripAdvisor have the definitive rank of the best beaches on offer. We take a look at their top 10 (which we very much agree with!).
We won't mention the award-winning 7 miles of golden sands, as part of that stretch may feature later in our list, but what we will say is that Bournemouth beach is truly fantastic. Boasting a clean sandy shore, visitors can also experience the pier, Oceanarium, thrilling events and countless restaurants and bars. What's more, the town centre is only a 5-minute walk through lusciously green gardens.
This ethereal beach is home to sparkling white sand and green-blue waves – certainly the place to go for some serenity. Here you'll also find sand dunes (perfect for rolling down), as well as hillwalking, tea rooms, galleries and cycling nearby.
3. Rhossili Bay
Voted Wales' Best Beach 2018, Rhossili Bay is something quite special. Not only is also the UK's number 1 dog-friendly beach, but it is also great for surfing, wildlife spotting and the Gower Coast Path – a truly breath-taking walk.
Nearest Best of British Park: Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park
4. Brighton Beach
Effortlessly cool and the ideal mixture of beach and city, Brighton is a bustling hub of activity. Whether you want to walk along the pebbly shore, pop to the shops or explore the Lanes, this seafront has everything – you can even hop onto the country's oldest electric railway!
Nearest Best of British Park: Concierge Camping
From its historic harbour, to the town centre close by, Weymouth Beach feels like a traditional seafront from times gone by – watch Punch & Judy, take a ride on a donkey or simply relax with an ice cream. If you fancy something a little more contemporary there's also live music, summer fireworks and beach volleyball too.
Nearest Best of British Park: East Fleet Farm
6. St Brelade's Bay Beach
On the island of Jersey you'll find an almost exotic stretch of sand. Browse local stalls, build sandcastles or take part in a spot of kayaking. The beach is south-facing which means it gets sun for most of the day – ideal if you want to sit out at a seafront café or restaurant to relax and round off the day.
7. Hengistbury Head
Just along from Bournemouth Beach you'll find the craggy landscape of Hengistbury Head. Reach it by foot, bike or land train and take in all the sites of the beautiful heather land, grassland and of course, the stunning sandy beach. Ideal for exploration, you can spot wildlife, learn about conservation and even go fossil hunting.
Nearest Best of British Park: Shamba Holidays
8. Three Cliffs Bay
Part of the Gower Coast Path, Three Cliffs Bay has a wild and cinematic feel to it. Ideal for a family picnic, remember to take your camera as you'll be able to capture some absolutely breath-taking views of salt marshes, sand dunes and the three great cliffs made from limestone.
9. Fistral Beach
An absolute must-see for those that love the water, Fistral Bay is a surfer's paradise. Highly regarded as the home of British surfing, the world-class waves and relaxed vibe are a real haven. There's plenty of surf shops nearby, and you'll be able to enjoy a drink or two as you look out to sea.
Nearest Best of British Park: Hendra Holidays
10. Barafundle Beach
The hidden gem at the end of a half mile walk, Barafundle Beach is surrounded by pine trees and dunes. Likened to a Carribean beach, the area is free from litter and debris which means the golden sands and crystal waters are not to be missed. Toilets and café are in the nearby village, so if you're looking for a real getaway adventure, this is the beach for you.
Nearest Best of British Park: Cenarth Falls Holiday Park