Best Beaches in England

By Lucy Tyler

A girl on the beach in England.

A beach break in England? Does the sun even exist there? A country (unfairly) notorious for its unlucky weather, England isn´t the first place that springs to mind when planning a beach break, but rest assured, the following destinations are sure to send you into a frenzy that is proceeded with hasty suitcase packing and manic bikini buying. When the sun shows its face, there's no better place to be than exploring the unspoiled shores of the marvelous English coastline.

These national treasures are the perfect antidote to the chaos of city life. When sprawled out on a sunbed with an ice cream in hand, your worries will feel far, far away...

So ditch the TripAdvisor reviews, Glamping Hub has made our pick of the country´s most jaw-dropping shorelines that will make any beach bum burst with excitement and spark that inner wanderlust.

1. For something a little different: Brighton Beach

The boardwalk in Brighton Beach.

Although not the most typical beach that you had in mind, Brighton Beach is undoubtedly one-of-a-kind. Arguably one of England's most iconic beaches, Brighton oozes a unique and rustic charm you can't find on the likes of the standard west coast of California—or anywhere else for that matter.

Soak up the chilled vibes and the vibrant culture that Brighton exudes, and don't forget to buy a stick of rock, stroll the promenade, and check out the world-famous Brighton Pier. (And don't be put off by the pebbles—at least you won´t have to worry about sandy sandwiches!)

2. For those seeking seclusion: Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Beach glamping in North England.

Not a fan of your typical beach swarming with crowds of sun-worshippers? Northumberland is an oasis for those seeking an off-the-beaten-track getaway. One of northern England's best-kept secrets and a place steeped in fascinating history is the captivating coastline of Bamburgh Beach. It features an infinite stretch of untouched shoreline and the enchanting Bamburgh Castle, which dominates the skyline.

Comb the beach for marine life, enjoy a windswept wander along the coast, check out the shipwrecks, and hit the waves for excellent surfing. If you fancy a break from the beach, a visit to the castle is a definite must-do, as well as a walk around the quaint nearby towns for wonderful eating, drinking, and shopping.

3. For an island getaway: Pelistry Bay, Isles of Scilly

A lovely beach in Cornwall, England.

Out of all of England's vacation destinations, the breathtaking Isles of Scilly are up there with the best of them! With the glistening white sand beaches, turquoise, crystal clear waters, and small boats dotted along the horizon, you'll feel like you've been transported to the Carribean...and yet you're just a 15-minute flight from the mainland of England.

The picture-perfect Pelistry Bay can be found on St Mary's, the largest of these idyllic islands, which has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. St Mary's is a hub of activity, with a myriad of shops, cafes, restaurants, and fun attractions. And while the shores here are popular among tourists, Pelistry Bay is largely undiscovered, so let's just keep it between us, hey?

4. For the adventurers: Durdle Door, Dorset

Beach near glamping site in Dorset, England.

Another hidden gem of southern England's coastline with its remote setting, dramatic cliff backdrop, and magnificent, towering arch, Durdle Door is a place like no other. Carved into Dorset's striking coastline lies this stunning bay, which features in the movie Far From the Madding Crowd, the artwork of Pink Floyd, and even a Cliff Richard music video.

Durdle Door is one for the adventurers, with a slightly strenuous (but definitely worth it) climb down to the shingle beach. A few hundred steps lead down the cliff, which weaves down like a spiral staircase, offering breathtaking vistas and endless Instagram opportunities. Awaiting you down below lies pristine sand, sparkling water, and a secluded setting sheltered by the wind, perfect for whiling away the hours with a good book.

5. For the surfers: Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

View of the beach from a glamping site in Cornwall, England.

A hotspot for surfers and bucket-and-spaders alike, Cornwall is undoubtedly one to tick off the bucket list. (no pun intended) Nestled into the towering bluffs of Englands southwestern peninsula, the famous Porthcurno Beach boasts a curve of dreamy, golden sand, reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The shores here are a wonderful blend of sand and shingle, and the powerful waves are a dream come true for boarders and water sports lovers.

The tall, granite cliffs provide protection from the blustery winds and this picturesque beach makes for the perfect spot to lay out in the sun while drifting off to the soothing sound of the waves crashing against the shore. Perched above, sits the unique and world-famous open-air Minack Theatre, where you can catch a Shakespeare show with an impressive, panoramic backdrop.


Want to see more? Feast your eyes on these wonderful English glamping getaways and let the adventures begin!