The UK has always been a great place for a holiday, for well over a thousand years visitors have flocked to our beautiful island with its thousands of miles of coastline, It’s no wonder the Romans and Normans decided to stay and call it home.
We have a wonderful choice of places to stay beside the sea, whether you want peace and relaxation, family fun or to investigate the local history.
The coast has played an important role in shaping the country’s history, from defence to shipbuilding, fishing to smuggling and, in these less turbulent times, it lures the holidaymaker and pleasure-seeker to enjoy its mix of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, secluded coves, fishing harbours, surfing and sailing, piers, lighthouses and epic castles.
During the last century or two, the British started spending their annual holidays beside the sea, and seaside resorts grew up to cater for them. Then cheap flights tempted many overseas to the Med and beyond but, today, we’re rediscovering the treasures of our own beautifully diverse coastline and sharing it with the world. Whether you want to sit on a beach or ramble along a clifftop, clamber through a seaside fort, or hunt for fossils, head beside the sea.