Best Beaches in England

Below are a list of the best and most beautiful 15 beaches in England as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current top-rated beach in England is West Wittering. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in England just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. West Wittering Beach

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    West Wittering is a large and unspoilt sandy beach with excellent views of Chichester harbour and the South Downs. Good facilities, extensive grasslands and tidal pools make this a popular choice for families. There is a seasonal lifeguard service which runs…

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  • 2. Camber Sands Beach

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    Camber Sands is a little unusual for a Sussex beach and the reason is in the name. Yes, sands! Unlike most beaches along the Sussex coast which are lined with pebbles and shingle held in place by a series of groynes, Camber Sands is covered in fine, golden…

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  • 3. Wells / Holkham Beach

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    Holkham beach is a widely recognised as being one of the finest beaches in Norfolk, if not England. The beach itself is a vast expanse of unspoilt golden sand which seem to stretch on for ever. In fact it can be a fair stroll to the water's edge at low…

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  • 4. Woolacombe Beach

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    Woolacombe is a golden sandy beach, several miles long, located in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Very popular with surfers and well-served by Woolacombe village, a bustling seaside resort.

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  • 5. Kynance Cove

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    Kynance Cove is a picturesque sandy beach two miles north of Lizard Point. A ten minute walk from the National Trust car park, Kynance is reached via…

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  • 6. Bamburgh Castle Beach

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    Majestic Bamburgh Castle, once a Norman stronghold towers over the wide expanse of pristine, sandy beach, backed by sand dunes. Bamburgh Castle beach is a perfect place to go for long, wind-swept walks at any time of year. The water temperatures don't really…

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  • 7. Porthcurno Beach

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    Porthcurno is a stunning beach that joins up with two others at low tide to create an expanse of golden sand that runs all the way from the Minack Theatre to the…

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  • 8. Brancaster Beach

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    This expansive stretch of flat golden, unspoilt sand is a year round favourite. With literally miles of beach there is plenty of room for summer picnics and romantic winter walks. As well as being a good family beach with all this sand space Brancaster is…

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  • 9. Aldeburgh Beach

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    This sand and shingle beach is probably the best known of all Suffolk's beaches. Backing on to the pretty seaside town of Aldeburgh there are no shortage of facilities either. Aldeburgh has plenty to explore on and around the beach. Along the beach front…

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  • 10. Birling Gap Beach

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    The beach at Birling Gap is set at the base of the imposing, sheer chalk cliffs known as the Seven Sisters. Despite being set between the well known seaside resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton this is one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on…

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  • 11. Filey Beach

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    The traditional seaside resort of Filey is less commercial than some of its East-Coast neighbours and is an ideal seaside location for young families or anyone looking for a fine stretch of good sand for walks, playing in the sand, kite-flying or even horse…

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  • 12. Studland - Shell Bay

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    Set at the very tip of the National Trust owned Studland Peninsula is the lovely Shell Bay. Depending on where you start this either the first or last of Studland's beautiful sandy beaches. There are two ways to reach Shell Bay; you can drive along the peninsula…

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  • 13. Cromer Beach

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    Cromer is a traditional Victorian seaside resort, with a sand and shingle beach popular for swimming and surfing. Many of the buildings in the town date back to the Victorian era, although the town has expanded rapidly in the last fifty years. Some shelter…

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  • 14. Dungeness Beach

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    This vast expanse of shingle on the edge of Romney Marsh has an almost surreal quality. The otherwise flat and bleak landscape is punctuated by two lighthouses and the hulking form of the Dungeness nuclear power station. There are many odd things about Dungeness,…

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  • 15. Bantham Beach

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    Situated at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham beach looks out over Bigbury and Burgh Island. Backed by sand dunes and the rolling hills of the South Hams, Bantham has little trouble fitting in with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bantham…

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