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10 Best Beaches in the UK – Voted by Trip Advisor Users

We’re asked time and again where the best beaches are in the UK and now thanks to Trip Advisor, we have a resource we can send people to with their top 25 list of best beaches. In this article, we feature the top 10 best beaches in accordance with the votes of Trip Advisor users. And while the majority of the list makes for a wholly unsurprising reading, there has nonetheless been a fair bit of movement since last year’s poll.  

  1. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

Woolacombe Beach has exploded onto the scene this year in spectacular style, having been voted no less than the fourth best beach in Europe and the number one beach in the UK. Not that this comes as any real shock however, not at least to anyone that’s lapped up those three miles of pristine British coastline that really are second to none. Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks is the place to stay for families wanting affordable accommodation with loads to do right next to this award-winning beach.

  1. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

There are few places that encapsulate the Great British seaside resort quite like Weymouth Beach. But what’s truly brilliant here is while the charm and elegance are all wonderfully old-fashioned, the amenities could not be more 21st century in quality and abundance.

  1. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea

One undeniable winner here is Rhossili Bay in Swansea. You don’t often immediately think of Swansea when thinking of pristine beaches, but this particular example is absolutely breathtaking.

Rhossili Bay

  1. St. Brelade’s Bay Beach, St. Brelade, Jersey

To look at St. Brelade’s Bay Beach from a distance you’d find it very hard to believe that such a beautiful place existed in the UK. Of course, being located in Jersey it’s not difficult to understand how such magnificence is possible, but even by Channel Islands standards it is totally breathtaking.

  1. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Another example of a UK beach that has more of a Mediterranean look, feel and vibe than your classic English seaside resort – and all to its credit. Porthminster Beach may get crowded in the summer, but boy is it worth it! The award winning Porthminster Beach Café is a must for a bite to eat.

  1. Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall

Huge, rugged and painfully pretty – the only realistic way of describing Perranporth Beach. Home of The Watering Hole – the UK’s only bar on the beach. Perranporth Beach is one of Cornwall’s proudest assets and a magnet for thousands every summer, it’s been a firm favourite for generations.

  1. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

For big-time surfers and fans of beach-bum living alike, nowhere answers the call better than Fistral Beach. Where Newquay’s young, rich and beautiful hang out all summer long and the world’s best surfers come to compete.

  1. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris

It might take some time and effort to get to the Isle of Harris, but to say it’s worth the trek is an understatement. The beauty of this place is something else and has something magical to offer across all four seasons.

Luskentyre, Isle of Harris

  1.    Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

Offering some of the most beautiful views of any UK coastal resort, Hengistbury Head boasts stunningly clear seas and gorgeous white sands the family will simply fall in love with at first sight.

  1.  Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

Last but not least, with its trademark golden sands and unbroken views that stretch for miles in every direction, it’s only right that Sandbanks be given its rightful place in this year’s top ten.

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