Beaches so good you’ll think you’re abroad

Explore the beautiful beaches of the UK when you book your stay with Best Western. Here’s your guide to a perfect getaway.
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Sometimes it’s easier to stay in the UK when you want to have a getaway. Why not visit one of these beaches that are so good you’ll think you’re abroad?


If you want nothing more than to spend some time sunning yourself on the sand, Sutton-on-Sea is the place to be. An unspoiled village on the Lincolnshire coast which boasts a blue flag beach.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Skegness, Sutton-on-Sea provides that relaxing ‘on-holiday’ feel but with the added bonus of some traditional fish and chips or crazy golf. You can even hire a beach hut for the day. If you want a more traditional seaside experience like amusement arcades and donkey rides or surfing, Mablethorpe beach is just two miles further up the coast.

If either sounds like your kind of holiday Kenwick Park Hotel just over 15 miles away has plenty of rooms available to book. Set within the magnificent grounds of the 320-acre Kenwick Park Estate, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it gives you the chance to enjoy both seaside and countryside too.

Blackpool Sands

Despite the slightly confusing name, Blackpool Sands is actually in Devon. The drive down to this beautiful beach is said to be reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast with its evergreens and scented pines, and the beach doesn’t disappoint either.

With a shingle beach made of the smoothest tiny pebbles, the water is crystal clear as a result and takes on a deep blue colour on beautiful summer days.  With sand pits for the kids and kayaks, paddle boards and wetsuits all available to hire, there’s plenty to do for those who want to do more than sunbathe and swim.

There’s a takeaway and café with a wonderful view, serving local food to suit dietary requirements and a beach shop too.

Book a room with us at Best Western The Dartmouth Hotel Golf & Spa, it’s just around 15 minutes’ drive away.

Durdle Door

Along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset you’ll come across the famous Durdle Door, a limestone arch just off the coast. A perfect backdrop for those holiday snaps.

Reaching this little bit of beach requires walking down the cliff face but the clear blue water is well worth the effort. The sea is refreshingly cold but depending on the time of year it might be better to stick to fossil hunting on the beach. 

Stay with us at the Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt and Durdle Door’s just a 30-minute drive away. If you don’t want to venture that far, one of Weymouth’s beaches is within walking distance of the hotel and from March to December you can enjoy an award-winning artisan Italian-style gelato ice cream from a hut on the beach. Plus, if the sea is too chilly you can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool.

Filey Bay and Filey Brigg

Filey Beach is a beautiful stretch of the North Yorkshire coast. The best thing about FIley Beach and Filey Brigg is the wildlife. The beach is teeming with rockpools at low tide for you to explore while you take in the views from the quarter-mile width of exposed sand. While the Brigg is a breeding spot for puffins and overwintering waders like the Purple Sandpiper.

The rocks at  Filey Brigg are the focus of rival local legends. Some argue it was made by the devil after losing his hammer in the sea while others contend it’s the skeletal remains of a dragon. 

Join us at the Best Western Bell in Driffield for your stay in Yorkshire. This 18th century listed hotel around 20 miles from Filey also gives you access to the North York Moors and Hockney Country.

Seven Sisters

Sussex has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, and Seven Sisters is no exception.

Named for the seven peaks of the pristine white cliffs along the coastline between Seaford and Eastbourne, Seven Sisters is a stunning beach. There are plenty of activities including audio trails, kayaking and stargazing. You can even catch sight of the storybook-style red and white striped lighthouse at Beachy Head. 

There’s also an Easy Access Trail at Seven Sisters Country Park which is suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs which takes you down to a shingle beach at Cuckmere Haven.

Book a stay at the Best Western York House Hotel in Eastbourne and enjoy the seafront there too, with Brighton in easy reach. Eastbourne’s many palm trees will also make you feel like you are somewhere more exotic.

Quick tip 

If you are thinking of bringing a dog with you, some UK beaches don’t allow dogs on the beach between March and October. So, check before you decide on your destination. You might also want to check out some of our dog-friendly hotels.

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