The best beaches in Britain have more to offer than gorgeous golden sands and spectacular clifftops. There's no finer place to be than by the sea in this country, and now it's official according to the millions of Tripadvisor reviewers which stretches are our finest. These top three beautiful award-winning British beaches are clean and clear without being overcrowded and offer visitors a variety of interesting things to do nearby, from art trails to thrilling water sports and wonderful wildlife.

Best beaches in Britain

1. filey beach, yorkshire

Recently named the best beach in the UK for children, for its pristine sand and clear waters, Filey Beach in Yorkshire is a picturesque stretch of unspoilt golden sand with a unique sculpture trail. It is the only UK beach to make it into the Tripadvisor international '6 Travelers’ Choice Beaches that are Great for Kids' alongside Australia's famous Bondi Beach! Filey Beach has a lovely promenade with cafes and a children's playground plus the remains of an ancient Roman signal station to explore.

Filey Beach YorkshireThe lovely five-mile beach is ideal for young families as it’s a particularly clean, accessible and quiet seaside resort that is also slightly less commercial than some of its nearby counterparts. A wonderful place for playing in the sand or rock pooling, Filey Beach tends not to be overcrowded meaning there’s often plenty of space to run around, fly a kite or play ball games without disturbing anyone enjoying a picnic, a good novel or a nap! Filey Beach stretches from the rocky Filey Brigg peninsula, which marks the start of the Cleveland Way coastal walk, down to Bempton, where there is an RSPB reserve. Find out more about short breaks and holidays in Yorkshire.

Where to Stay in yorkshire

The Barn at Rigg End is a spacious converted barn with sweeping views of the surrounding North York Moors National Park. Secluded and rural, the lovely rustic barn is near the ancient market town of Pickering in North Yorkshire and a drive from beautiful Filey Beach. 

Rawcliffe House Farm comprises a number of beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings offering miles of unspoilt countryside views of the surrounding North York Moors. A tranquil hideaway situated conveniently near to the ancient market town of Pickering and also ideally placed for a day out at Filey Beach.

2. Bournemouth beach, dorset

Bournemouth came top of the independent Tripadvisor Best Beaches in the UK for 2019 and boasts seven miles of award-winning beaches with some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK thanks to its amazing micro-climate. The beach features a Victorian pier with a theatre, amusement arcade and cafe and also boat trips and cruises offering stunning views across to the Isle of Wight.

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetCliff lifts can be found at West Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk to help access the beach from the clifftop. Sun loungers, deck chairs, beach huts, windbreaks and parasols can all be hired and it's a great place to try a variety of water sports, from kayaking to jet skiing. Bournemouth Beach is one of the safest beaches in the UK as RNLI lifeguards are based all the way along the seven-mile stretch. There's also a lovely Land Train that runs all along the promenade. Find out more about holidays in Dorset.

where to stay in dorset

Beach View, Bournemouth is a stylish and spacious house right on the seafront of Bournemouth Beach offering spectacular sea views. Enjoy free access to a beach hut in June and July and the amazing indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi, sauna and gym in the nearby luxury hotel. This is the perfect place to stay for Bournemouth Beach.

Plum Cottage, Womborne is an 18th-century gardener's cottage with stunning views and gorgeous surroundings. Set in the grounds of a country estate, it also features a wonderfully cosy shepherd's hut in the garden with an additional double bed. 


Perranporth Beach also featured in the Tripadvisor Best Beaches in the UK and with its impressive sand dunes, wonderful wildlife and amazing surf it's easy to see why. There's a lovely variety of bars and cafes nearby and because the beach is so long it never feels crowded. 

Perranporth Beach Cornwall

Cornwall's micro-climate means it's sometimes hotter than the Med, and there's always so much to see and do on a holiday in Cornwall.

Trevella Park, near Newquay, is a 5-star award-winning holiday park offering an amazing variety of holiday homes, including luxury lodges with private hot tubs and glamping style safari tents and geo domes. 

Newperran Holiday Park is in a tranquil setting yet still less than 15-minutes from the lively coastal town of Newquay, not far from Perranporth Beach.

visit the best beaches in britain

Book a short break or a long holiday near one (or all) of these three beautiful beaches and enjoy everything the locale has to offer, from the natural beauty of the surrounding coast and countryside to the nearby award-winning restaurants. There's something for everyone in these stunning coastal towns and for a choice of other wonderful locations, peruse all our beach breaks, from Scotland to Cornwall. Happiness is booking your holiday.