The 10 most beautiful beaches in Britain

Fancy a day on the coast? Britain is spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning beaches. We've chosen ten epic places to take some sea air, from the spectacular Isles of Scilly to the rugged beaches of the Scottish Highlands. 

7th July 2017
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10 of the best UK beaches

1. Durdle Door, Dorset

Why it's special: That iconic stone archway, of course. This natural wonder soars out of the cliffs like a dinosaur curled around a stretch of beach and wonderfully clear water. 

How to find it: West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5PU

Durdle Door
 A colourful sunset over Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, UK Credit: Getty 


2. Holkham, Norfolk

Why it's special: Four miles of unspoilt beauty with a pine forest on one horizon and the rugged North Sea on the other. 

How to find it: Access is via Lady Anne’s Drive in Holkham village, just off the A149, opposite The Victoria Inn.

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Holkham beach is located on the North Norfolk coast of East Anglia, England. Image: Getty 

3. Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle Credit: Getty

Why it's special: Bamburgh castle standing majestically on the basalt cliff side, watching down on waters home to inquisitive seals.

How to find it: Near Alnwick, NE69 7DF

4. Whistling Sands, Gwynedd, Wales

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Whistling Sands, Image: Getty

Why it's special: Walk along this stretch of beach and you may hear a curuous whistling from under your feet. The shape of the sand grains strike against your feet to produce this intriguing sound.

How to find it: Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8LH

5. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

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Porthcurno, Cornwall Image: Getty

Why it's special: The beach at the end of our island is a lovely one, a rich seascape of blue waters and golden sand three miles fro Land's End.  

How to get there: Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JX

6. Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

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Bournemouth Beach. Credit: Getty

Why it's special: A city beach, yes, but seven miles of sands are home to a pier, beach huts and water sports. Buzzy and fun. 

How to find it: You won't miss it, but the postcode for the pier is BH2 5AA

7. Achmelvich Beach, Highlands, Scotland

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Achmelvich beach Credit: Getty

Why it's special: This slice of the coastal good life is far from the madding crowds, and hence home to dolphins, porpoises and whales.

How to get there: Achmelvich beach is on a minor road sign posted to Achmelvich. Take the B869 about 1/2 a mile from the village of Lochinver on the A 83.

8. Appletree Bay, Isles of Scilly

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Appletree bay, Scotland Credit: Getty

Why it's special: Robinson Crusoe would be at home on this wild beach on the island of Tresco, where white sand, turquoise water and sub-tropical plants may make you wonder if you've woken up in the Caribbean. 

How to get there: Fly to the Isles of Scilly, catch a boat to Tresco and then hire a bike to pedal along the road to the beach (there are no cars on the island). Phew! More travel info here. 

9. Sandwood Bay, Highlands, Scotland

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Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath, Durness, Scotland Credit: Getty

Why it's special: Only accessible by foot, this remote and beautiful cove sits between a deep freshwater loch his beach and looks out at a tall sea stack standing sentinel in the ocean. 

How to get there: The nearest bus stop is Kinlochbervie, or follow this route from Walk Scotland

10. Southwold, Suffolk

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Brightly coloured beach huts, Suffolk. Credit: Getty

Why it's special: The string of brightly painted beach huts and the bucket-and-spade charm of this shingly cove on the Suffolk Heritage Coast will take you back to childhood holidays by the sea. 

How to get there: Explore Southold list travel advice.

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