The 30 Best Beaches in the UK

The UK Beaches Guide have put together our own collection of the best and most beautiful beaches in Britain as of 2021. However, we haven't just decided which on the top beaches ourselves - we've left that up to you. Glance over to the right and you will see the Beach Guide's list of the top 10 beaches in the UK and Ireland. Feel free to have your say by rating any one of the 1,500 beaches listed on the website.

In addition to these beach ratings we have also included information on beaches that have received various awards for their cleanliness, facilities, accessibility etc.

The links below will take you through to the regions page which have the top 10 beaches for each area of coastline in the UK.

South West England beaches

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Woolacombe , Devon

Woolacombe Village Beach is a two and a quarter mile stretch of golden sand backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs. The village…

South East England beaches

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West Wittering , West Sussex

West Wittering is a natural uncommercialised sandy beach. The extensive areas of mown grass are perfect for picnics, barbeques and games.…

South Wales beaches

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Rhossili Bay , Glamorgan

A superb beach owned by the National Trust with excellent bathing and spectacular views of the Worms Head. A pub and hotel with great food…

Northern Scotland beaches

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Luskentyre , Hebrides

The Isle of Harris has a number of remote and beautiful beaches. popular for surfing. Canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating. Local slipway…

North East England beaches

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Bamburgh Castle , Northumberland

Sandy beaches, a few rocks, large sand dunes and beautiful views towards Farne Islands. Bamburgh lies on the Northumberland coast in an…

Northern Ireland beaches

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Whiterocks , County Antrim

A long sandy beach backed by sand dunes stretching 3 miles from Portrush East Strand, popular with surfers because the waves can be very…

Southern Scotland beaches

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Lunan Bay , Tayside

An east facing bay north of Dundee and 1 mile south of Montrose. Lunan's beach is a broad sweep of sand stretching for one mile and divided…

North Wales beaches

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Harlech , Gwynedd

Sandy beach surrounded by dunes and within the Snowdonia National Park. Harlech is designated as a National Nature Reserve. The 13th century…

Isle of Man beaches

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Ramsey , Isle of Man

The beach at Ramsey is a sweeping stretch of sand interrupted by the pier and the breakwaters, marking the mouth of the river. The town…

North West England beaches

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St Bees , Cumbria

A mile-long sandy beach with tidal rock pools and rock formations at the foot of St Bees Head. There is a wide promenade and garden and…