In January, sometimes it feels like winter in the UK will never end.  Nights seem to be getting longer, days seem to be staying darker, and cold wind, rain, and sometimes snow characterises the weather.  However, spring is on its way, and with it the prospect of getting back to the UK’s beaches.

While we often look overseas for our beach holidays, England boasts some sensational coastal escapes of its own.  You may not experience tropical temperatures or swaying palm trees, but these beautiful bays should nonetheless be high on your bucket list.

Discover the top five beach destinations in England for travel in 2023.


First on the list is Brighton. Just an hour on the train from London,  Brighton is a popular weekend retreat for residents of England’s thriving capital city.  It is not exactly a restful location, although the fresh air and natural scenery is uplifting.  Brighton is known for its varied nightlife, arty vintage shops, and old Victorian pier buzzing with arcades.


If it is a high energy atmosphere that you are looking for, head to Newquay in the south-west corner of England.  This glorious Cornish bay is a surfers paradise with an annual surfing festival held here each summer.  While you’re there, make sure to try a local cream tea with a pot of tea.


In the opposite corner of England is a completely different kind of beach escape.  Whitby in North Yorkshire is known for the abbey that crowns it, a ghostly Gothic structure that is perched on the cliff looking out to sea.  A cobblestone old town sits below the abbey, as well as a long sandy bay and buzzing arcade games centre.  Beautiful clifftop walks abound, through the stunning North York Moors National Park.


Known as the ‘jewel’ of the North Norfolk coast, this spectacular stretch of sand is one of the longest unspoilt beaches in England.  You are so undisturbed here that walking along this beach makes you feel like you are in a perfectly clear dome surrounded by nothing but sea and sky.  It is a registered nature reserve, so keep your eye out for incredible wildlife as you walk.  Don’t forget to visit historic Holkham Hall during your stay.


Last but certainly not least is Lulworth Cove, part of the Jurassic Coast.  This coastal attraction in Dorset sees thousands of visitors each year as it is so perfectly formed, and its incredible natural beauty has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Status.  Close by is Durdle Door, a natural archway formed out of carefully eroded rock.  Walk the protected cliffs of this area for sensational coastal views and to get away from the crowds heading down to the cove.