The UK’s best beaches

There’s no need to travel far to enjoy the summer – grab the opportunity to explore Britain’s incredible coast and head down to the beach.

Most of us dream of far-off sandy shores, forgetting that the British Isles have some super impressive beaches of their own. Here’s a roundup of some of the best.

Watergate Bay

If you have an active family, they will absolutely love the stunning Watergate Bay. Just a short drive from our Travelodge Newquay Seafront hotel, the beach is home to the Extreme Sports Academy, which teaches surfing, kite surfing, traction kiting and wave skiing. The beach is also home to Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen restaurant, so after a tiring day out on the waves, you can count on an excellent meal here.

Rhossili Bay

It might be quite a trek down the cliffs to Rhossili Bay, but it is absolutely worth it. Anyone who finds themselves anywhere near Swansea in summertime should plan to spend at least one day on this sand strip. It’s the perfect place for some swimming and a picnic, and then you can work off the sandwiches with a stroll along the cliffs to Worm Head. Stay in our Travelodge Swansea Central hotel to be a short drive from some of the best sea views in the UK.

Longsands Beach

Did you know Newcastle was a sunbather’s paradise? Most people don’t realise that a sandy shore as lovely as Longsands is lurking just a short distance from the city centre. Book a room in one of our Travelodge Newcastle hotels and you can enjoy the perfect combination of a city break and a sunny beach holiday.

Compton Beach

One of Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets and a favourite among locals, Compton Beach is a glorious two mile stretch of contrasting sands, a distinctive white chalk cliff and big expanses of open downlands. Whether it’s walking, surfing or hunting for fossils when it’s low tide, this beach has something for everyone. Stay in our Travelodge Newport and Ryde hotels.

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Woolacombe Bay

Granted the coveted blue flag standard, Woolacombe is one of the best family beaches  in England. There are three miles of prime sandcastle building territory, as well as opportunities to surf, horse-ride along the beach and even squeeze in a game of golf. There’s also a high ropes course, a crazy golf course and a climbing wall for the more adventurous amongst you. Make our Travelodge Barnstaple hotel your base for the perfect family beach week.

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Huisinis Beach

If you’re up for an adventure, then why not journey to the wonderfully remote Isle of Harris, part of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. There you’ll find Huisinis Beach, with lush white sands and crystal clear waters; you’ll be convinced you’ve made it to the Tropics. While the weather holds out, there’s no beach holiday like the one you’ll have in the Scottish Isles, so stay in our Travelodge Fort William hotel and get your agenda sorted for some serious island hopping.