Who says you have to travel outside the UK in search of sandy shores? TripAdvisor’s annual edit of the top ten UK beaches (based on reviews and ratings from users) means you can get your beach fix without so much as a plane ticket in sight. From Dorset’s stretches of golden sands to Devon’s craggy coast, these are the beaches to visit this summer...
Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset
A popular seaside resort for families, Bournemouth’s stunning seven-mile strip of soft sands and sparkling seas provide the backdrop to one of the most appealing coastal spots in the south of England. Nestled beneath a dramatic cliff line, the bay boasts its own micro-climate and some of the warmest sea temperatures in Britain.
Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU
Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
This surfer’s paradise boasts some of the best waves in Europe. But it’s not just the awesome swell that attracts swarms of tourists every year, this beautiful beach is west facing, with long stretches of sand, backed by towering cliffs and sand dunes.
2 Fistral Cres, Newquay TR7 1PQ
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset
Another Dorset hotspot and the only pebbled beach to make the final cut. Hengistbury Head’s shingled shores are a delight to explore, with craggy clifftops, seaside cafés and blankets of wildflowers.
Broadway, Bournemouth BH6 4EN
Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Hidden away at the end of a winding road on the wild north-west coast of the Isle of Harris, this stunning sun trap is famed for not only for its miles of brilliant sand and spectacular, shallow azure waters, it’s also swarming with wildlife, just waiting for nature lovers to explore.
Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides HS3 3HL
Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
One of Cornwall’s most popular beaches, Perranporth boasts everything from rock pools and music festivals to world-renowned surfing championships. Take a dip in the natural tidal bathing pools and watch the sunset with a glass of wine or fine Cornish Ale at the Watering Hole bar, which is set right on the beach.
Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0AQ
Porthminster Beach, St-Ives, Cornwall
Boasting beautiful views stretching across to Godrevy Lighthouse – which was the inspiration behind Virginia Woolf’s famous novel To the Lighthouse – this idyllic spot boasts one of the warmest climates in the UK, and comes scattered with swaying palm trees and translucent waters.
Porthminster Beach, Warren, Saint Ives TR26 2EA
Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Wales
Head to the grassy hilltop for majestic views of the surrounding Welsh coastline, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some basking seals or dolphins playing around in the surfer’s swell.
Rhossili, Gower SA3 1PP
St Brelade’s Bay Beach, St Brelade, Jersey
With towering palm trees, crystal clear waters and soft, golden sands, you could easily mistake this Jersey hotspot as a breathtaking Mediterranean beach. The seaview dining is to die for. If you’re there for a weekend, be sure to book into the Oyster Box for an al fresco shellfish lunch.
La Route de la Baie, Jersey JE3 8EF
Flanked by an attractive row of Georgian buildings, and an array of traditional seaside attractions – think Punch and Judy, donkey rides and promenade fireworks – Weymouth’s three-mile sandy stretch claims this year’s top spot. Ideal if you’re looking for a beach break with the kids.
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7AN
Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
A lure for longboarder’s and surfer’s alike, Woolacombe is miles long and with a glowing, golden hue. The beach has a wild nature to it, so don’t expect to find the usual throng of promenade arcades and vintage chip shops; Woolacombe is all about relaxation amid the undulating sand dunes.
Woolacombe Beach, Devon EX34 7DN