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With miles of spectacular coastline, the Great British Coast has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. With hidden beaches, rugged cliff-faces and breath-taking trails, exploring Britain’s coast will leave you in awe of the UK’s natural beauty.

Discover the Great British Coast with these unforgettable destinations.


Whitstable, Kent

Where is it? Kent, South East England.

What’s special? Famous for its annual oyster festival, Whitstable has the most delicious oysters in the country. If you can’t make it in July to the oyster festival, fear not as Whitstable has some of the freshest seafood on offer all year round.

Best place to stay… Set on the seafront overlooking the coast is the Hotel Continental. This family-run hotel offers guests the chance to stay in the nearby uniquely converted beach huts to an authentic seaside experience.

London to Whitstable takes… 1.5 hours.

Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach Newquay British Coast

Where is it? North coast of Cornwall, South West England.

What’s special? Full of laid-back charm, Newquay is a surfer hotspot. With its sandy Fistral Beach, strong Atlantic waves and delicious Cornish Pasties, it’s no surprise Newquay has been voted “one of the nation’s favourite seaside towns”.

Best place to stay… The Headland Hotel and Spa has the best views overlooking the ocean in the whole of Newquay. Its convenient location means it’s a short 5-minute walk to Fistral Beach and a mile from the quirky shops of Newquay’s town centre.

London to Newquay takes… 5.5 hours.


Bamburgh Beach & Castle in Northumberland

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Where is it? Northumberland, England.

What’s special? Overlooking the gorgeous golden sandy beaches of Bamburgh is the iconic Bamburgh Castle. The beach stretches far and wide from Bamburgh to Seahouses and on a clear day you can see the incredible Farne Islands.

Best place to stay… The Victoria Hotel is set in the heart of Bamburgh, a mere 12-minute walk from the magnificent castle. The hotel serves delicious regional food all day within the Bar & Brasserie.

London to Bamburgh takes… 6.5 hours.

Pittenweem, Scotland

Pittenweem, Scotland British Coast

Where is it? Fife, on the east coast of Scotland.

What’s special? This quaint fishing village sees the fishermen bring in their catch every morning for the daily fish market. While in August the residents of Pittenweem open up their traditional Fife homes to display the annual arts festival.

Best place to stay… A short distance from Pittenweem is the Kilconquhar Castle Estate. This rural resort features a 13th-century castle and stone cottages for guests to stay in. The Estate includes an all-day bistro, indoor pool and horse riding facilities for guests to enjoy.

London to Pittenweem takes… 8.5 hours.


Rhossili Beach Gower Peninsula Wales British Coast

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Where is it? Gower Peninsula, Swansea in Wales.

What’s special? The stunning bay of Rhossili stretches for 3-miles, boasting dramatic scenery and Wales’ most iconic cliffs. Take a stroll along the seafront, trek the breath-taking headland walks or hike to the highest point of Gower.

Best place to stay… The Kings Head Inn is a 17th century inn set in the heart of Gower. It serves traditional pub food from steak and ale pies to beer battered fish with homemade chips.

London to Rhossili takes… 4.5 hours.

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