The coastal area of England is as beautiful as any other coastline from here to the edge of the world. That's something that a lot of folks fail to kind of recognize, even if they're actually heading over to the country for a holiday or a business trip.
Even locals within the area don't really understand or appreciate what they've got around them, which is a shame. As such, we're going to spend the next little while educating the masses about some of the most remarkable coastal spots that can be found from the top to the bottom of the nation.
10 Tintagel, Cornwall
Tintagel Castle is probably enough to convince you that you need to take a trip down to Tintagel, but in reality, the entire area just exemplifies why the county is so special. There’s a real sense of community, especially in the summer, which lives up to the hype that Poldark creates.
The cute shops and pubs only add to the sense of occasion that comes with visiting Tintagel, which always feels like a big escape from everyday life. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but those who like it will end up loving it.
9 Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth is one of the few towns that double up perfectly as both a great party destination and a place that features one of the best beaches in the country. For those two reasons alone, it’s not difficult to understand why it’s so popular amongst the youth.
But aside from that one specific demographic, families also enjoy spending many an hour or many a bank holiday weekend enjoying everything that Bournemouth has to offer. It is as charming as it is diverse, and we’d recommend it to quite literally anyone.
8 Whitby, Yorkshire
If you want to learn about the legend of Captain Cook, then this is the place to be. If you simply want to go to a seaside town that overlooks the North Sea and features one of the finest Abbeys you’ll ever encounter, then this is still the place to be.
Yorkshire is one of the biggest counties in the United Kingdom as a whole, and yet, Whitby feels so quaint and special by comparison. It’s almost as if you’re hidden away in one of the world’s great gems that has yet to be discovered.
7 Deal, Kent
This former fishing town is known as being close to one of the first possible locations for Julius Caesar’s arrival in the United Kingdom, which is pretty exciting in itself. As well as that it’s located just 20 minutes down the road from Dover, which allows you to get a real sense of that ‘edge of the world’ vibe that comes with being on the coast.
As opposed to being tacky or not that glamorous, we tend to feel like Deal just goes about its own business and doesn’t bother anyone: but is always there to open its doors to those that want a quick visit.
6 Saunton Sands, Devon
Calm, soothing, wonderful. Those are three of the many words that could be used to adequately describe Saunton Sands. From the perspective of an outsider looking in you could argue that there isn’t too much to it, but lingering beneath the surface is one of the most beloved surfing destinations in the entire nation.
This long, seemingly neverending beach is one of the highlights of Devon as a whole and serves as an escape from the more ‘high profile’ towns and resorts that can be overcrowded from day to day due to the nature of tourism in the UK.
5 Bamburgh, Northumberland
Bamburgh, and Bamburgh Castle specifically, comes across as the rugged younger brother of the Mont St Michel and we quite enjoy that dynamic. It is located up in Northumberland which, to this day, we still believe to be one of the most underrated and underutilized counties in the country.
The atmosphere and way of life are very different up there, as you can probably imagine. You’re on the verge of drifting into another country, but even so, all the key elements of a standard English village are there for everyone to sample.
4 Lake District, North West
This mountainous region feels like something straight out of a movie, and if you want to talk about all of the wonderful national parks that the United States has to offer, then you need to stop and appreciate the Lake District at the same time because it is simply stunning in every sense of the word.
The highest mountain within the Lake District is Scafell Pike, 3,210 feet in the air which, in case you didn’t know, is also the highest mountain in England. Whether you’re up there or down on the ground, it’s not exactly hard to appreciate this place.
3 Worthing, West Sussex
Brighton is great and is probably one of the most underrated cities in the country, but we happen to believe that Worthing is just as charming – if not even more so. One minute you could be in the midst of a lovely patch of English countryside, and then the next, you’re on the seafront looking out into the distance.
They just seem to possess a lot of natural tourist spots that make for a pretty fun day, if not weekend, out at the seaside. In the end, no matter how big or mature you think you may be, that never goes out of fashion.
2 Staithes, Yorkshire
We head back to Yorkshire to check out the seaside village of Staithes, which is a really popular tourist destination within the North York Moors National Park. It’s located just down the road from the aforementioned Whitby, and yet, it has a completely different identity altogether.
It’s not quite as crowded and not quite as ‘tacky’ in the traditional sense, and in some lights, gives off the look of a standard Italian seaside resort. Of course, the locals ensure that you don’t become too disillusioned with the English way of living, which makes for an interesting contrast.
1 Cromer, Norfolk
Norwich is busy, Norwich is crowded and truth be told, Norwich is a bit much. However, located 20 or so miles away is Cromer, which offers everything that you could ever want from an English coastal town.
The pier is breathtaking, the nearby Felbrigg Hall is great fun, and the whole area will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the early 1900s. It’s an old school type of holiday destination which may not lead you to believe that you’d be interested in visiting, but trust us, you’d be surprised.