5 Lovely coastal Staycations to enjoy this summer


Thinking about a quick Staycation away on the English coast this summer?

These 5 awesome UK short break destinations all bring promise of summer sun, beautiful beaches and have been popular with British holidaymakers for over a hundred years!

1. Eastbourne


Offering lovely Victorian charm and convenient access to some of England’s most spectacular sights including the famed Beachy Head (pictured), Eastbourne, on England’s south coast, is one of the quintessential seaside destinations.

During any stay, we thoroughly recommend ensuring that your holiday combines the best of both natural and key landmarks along the coastline.

Eastbourne Pier is the ideal place to enjoy the sunshine while tucking into some delicious fish and chips with Eastbourne Beach below the perfect relaxation spot.

Famed for its chalky white cliffs, Beachy Head is one of the most magnificent natural sights in the British Isles.

Close by, the Seven Sisters cliffs are another major tourist draw and one of the most photographed spots in England.

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2. Whitby


Further up the English coast, Whitby is much closer to the Scottish border in Yorkshire.

A truly historic seaside town, notable landmarks include Whitby Abbey and a museum dedicated the famous British explorer and sailor Captain Cook.

The building housing the museum today has a long association with the famous Briton.

Museum-goers can explore the life and times of Cook and his voyages down in the South Pacific during any visit to this popular tourist attraction.

Continuing with the historical theme, Whitby Museum further charts the town’s history via a selection of fascinating artifacts.

Travelling with the seaside in our sights, there are a number of lovely beaches available to stroll, relax, and enjoy the sun, all located relatively close to the town centre.

Keen to stretch the legs a little more? The beauty of the Yorkshire Moors is barely matched anywhere else in the country.

A number of scenic trails are available catering to different experience levels.

All in all, Whitby can be the perfect escape away not too far from home!

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3. Bournemouth


Beautiful Bournemouth on England’s southern coast has long been a holiday favourite retreat thanks to its location looking out into the English Channel and convenient transport links from London.

Resting at one end of the sensational Jurassic Coast, Bournemouth lies on one of the most famous stretches of coastline in the world.

Offering holidaymakers a classic seaside resort holiday experience, Bournemouth is a buzzing town, particularly during the peak summer season.

Simply a must-visit, Bournemouth Beach is an award-winning beach whose reputation attracts the crowds.

Pro Tip – Arrive early and claim your spot with a well-placed towel or two!

Stretching just over 7 miles, the beach’s golden sand, charming rows of colourful beach huts, and often pleasantly cool waters are just what the holiday doctor ordered!

Local points of interest include Old Harry Rocks, Brownsea Island (hiking spot) and Poole Harbour.

Heading further in-land, a wonderful selection of museums and hundreds of acres of parks and gardens offer a change in scenery and the chance to partake in some delightful cultural experiences.

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4. Cornwall


Travelling to England’s most southerly county, Cornwall is the ultimate British Staycation destination.

Famed around the world, Cornwall’s coastline, beautiful towns and villages steeped in maritime lore and a number of historic locations situated further in-land offer a true Pirate’s treasure trove of activities to enjoy.

Pro Tip – Plan your time in Cornwall carefully as some major attractions are quite far apart.

Starting with the most southerly point on the British Isles, the renowned Lizard Point Peninsula is a simply stunning corner of the country.

Rich in colour, and of huge natural importance, following the coastline here (starting at Lizard Lighthouse) takes you past mammoth cliffs, rock formations and historic fishing landmarks.

If visiting during the summer months, the pleasant weather tends to bring out the inner sunworshippers in the local seal population.

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Enjoying the shallow waters around the small harbour area, these lucky locals can often be spotted hanging out on rocks just off the main coast.

Close by, Kynance Cove is a magical place as is the beach at Pedn Vounder and further afield, Lusty Glaze (Newquay).

A major attraction, the almost other-worldly Eden Project is the perfect family attraction where hours can be spent exploring the different exotic collections.

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5. Blackpool


One of the UK’s most popular seaside resort towns, Blackpool’s exciting selection of thrilling experiences, lovely beachfront and the iconic Blackpool Tower ensures that this is another quintessential Staycation destination.

Ideal for a family break, local attractions include a Zoo, Waterpark, and awesome roller coasters (found on the town’s Pleasure Beach).

A memorable break away and lying just off the M6, a trip giving you the chance to enjoy the summer warmth of the Irish coast could be perfect short break solution this summer!

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