Despite its reputation for rain, England has no shortage of fantastic beaches. Whether you're after a warm day in the sun or a fun day out on the surf, there's an English beach to suit your mood. Here are the best beaches in England.
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Brighton, East Sussex
There's nothing like a day spent in the sun on Brighton Beach, and we had to start the list with this favourite! Stroll along the pier, eat your fill of fish and chips, and soak up the energetic atmosphere of the classic English seaside city. With plenty of hotels in Brighton, it deserves a few days of exploring.
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Lulworth Cove, Dorset
This beautiful cove is notable for its nearly perfectly circular shape, and it's ideal when combined with a visit to Dorset's infamous Durdle Door (approximately a half hour walk along the coastal path, and definitely worth a visit). Come here to relax and to lose yourself watching the sailboats in the gentle waves while on holiday in Dorset.
Holkham Beach, Norfolk
Having been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and music videos due to its long stretch of sand and wild grasses, Holkham Beach is obviously quite pretty. Beyond that, it's a peaceful bit of England that allows for a respite from all the hustle and bustle of the big city; it's part of a nature reserve, so it's wonderfully unspoilt.
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Seven Sisters, East Sussex
This beach is renown for its dramatic backdrop, as the area's famous white chalk cliffs provide for a perfect photo opportunity. With lots of hiking and coastal walks nearby, Seven Sisters is a top beach option for a day trip from London.
Blackpool Sands, Devon
While you'll pay a small fee to visit Blackpool Sands, the cost is absolutely worth it. Relax on the beach while you overlook the bright blue sea in front of you; many people say this is one of the cleanest and best beaches in the country. It's popular with locals and tourists alike, but there's always a spot in the sand for those wanting to lounge and enjoy the day.
Whitstable Beach, Kent
While this beach is pebbly, not sandy, it's still a lovely place for a seaside holiday. With a beautiful town to explore and the annual Oyster Festival, visiting Whitstable makes for a great day trip from London or a place to spend a long weekend.
Pedn Vounder Beach, Cornwall
While Cornwall has no shortage of amazing beaches to explore, Pedn Vounder is included on this list due to its serenity. Lesser-known than many other Cornish beaches, you might luck out and get this little stretch of paradise to yourself. It's only a short walk from the beautiful village of Treen, so perfect for a sunny day's stroll.
Banthan Beach, South Devon
This beach truly has something for everyone: surfers, naturists, and those wanting a day out with the family will all find Banthan Beach an excellent choice. While there are loads of worthy beaches in Devon, Banthan Beach stands out amongst them all for its beauty and its soft sand.
Filey Brigg, North Yorkshire
It's true that the south of England is better known for its beaches, but there are still plenty of incredible northern beaches worth an adventure. Filey Brigg is perfect for those wanting a bit of a nature walk, as there's oodles of wildlife to discover, including great bird-watching.