If there is one thing we do have in Britain, it’s beautiful beaches! And yes, of course, it’s not as hot as Mexico or Cuba but England is still home to some of the best beaches in the world and with summer being just around the corner, it’s time to talk about the best beaches in England!

In this article, you will find a selection of amazing beaches in England you should visit this summer.

To put together this article, I included my own local knowledge but also included a lot of responses I got on my Facebook page.

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1. Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Porthcurno Beach

Located in West Cornwall, next to the beautiful Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Beach is a great example of Carribean-like beach in England.

It’s sheltered between the cliffs and the water is beautifully turquoise. The sand is soft, golden to white, and it makes for the perfect place to visit if you want to discover the best beaches in Cornwall.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes but restricted in summer

🌊 Can I swim? Yes

2. Formby Beach, Merseyside

Formby Beach

Located near Liverpool, Formby is one of the best beaches in the North West. It’s managed by the National Trust meaning there is a large car park (free for members).

It’s known for its incredible dunes and is a great place to go for a long stroll.

💡Fun fact: Formby Beach was used as a filming location for Peaky Blinders.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes

🌊 Can I swim? Yes but only in a restricted area

3. Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is located in Newquay in Cornwall. It’s one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.

If you already know how to surf, you can easily hire a board or bring your own. Alternatively, you can opt for a surfing lesson or coasteering experience.

You’ll find a large complex with cafes and everything you need.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes

🌊 Can I swim? Yes but only in a restricted area

🏄 Can I surf? Yes!

4. Woolacombe Beach

dog on woolacombe beach

Located in North Devon, Woolacombe is one of the most beautiful and largest beaches in the South West. The sand is golden and you can go on long walks here.

There is also a café near the car park that serves hand made food and the views over the beach are fantastic.

If you want more views of this beach, I highly recommend the Baggy Point walk from Croyde.

The town of Woolacombe is also very cute and you can find loads of ice cream parlours and chippies.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes but with restrictions in summer

🌊 Can I swim? Yes

🏄 Can I surf? Yes!

5. Porthminster Beach, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach is located in Cornwall’s most famous town, St Ives. It’s very close to the train station which means you can easily access it if you took the train from St Erth (which is an amazing train journey BTW).

The sand is golden and the water incredibly blue, making it a great place to visit in summer.

It’s also only a 5-minute walk from the centre of St Ives where you’ll find all the restaurants, shops and the Tate.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes but not between May and September

🌊Can I swim? Yes

6. Wells-next-the-Sea Beach, Norfolk


Located in Norfolk, Wells-next-the-Sea is a cute coastal town home to a very vast beach. It’s a great place to go for a walk and enjoy the sea air.

You will also find a lot of colourful beach huts that are perfect for photos.

Since the beach is very wide and long, you can do all the activities you can expect from a beach day such as flying a kite, building sand castles and more.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes

🌊 Can I swim? Yes but only in designated areas

7. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Great Yarmouth beach

This is one of the most impressive beaches in England since it spans across 15 miles, all the way from Winterton-on-Sea to Hopton-on-Sea.

It’s a sandy beach with a lot of dunes, making it a great destination for nature lovers. But that’s not all! You’ll also find a lot of infrastructure such as piers, cafes and even bouncy castles for children. 

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes but in designated areas and with more restrictions between May and September

🌊 Can I swim? Yes

8. Whitby Beach, North Yorkshire

Whitby Beach

Whitby is a seaside town located in North Yorkshire, it’s famous for its connections with Dracula but is also home to one of the best beaches in Northern England.

The beach is very long which means it’s a great spot for long walks. You’ll also find some rock pools which is always a nice thing to see.

There are also a variety of coastal cruises available which gives you the chance to see the wildlife.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes but in a restricted area and with more restrictions in summer

🌊 Can I swim? Yes, in designated areas

9. North Bay Beach, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Beach huts in Scarborough Yorkshire coast

Scarborough is another town worth visiting in North Yorkshire and it’s home to several beautiful beaches.

The North Bay beach is particularly known for its colourful beach huts. It’s a long stretch of golden sand where you can go for a walk, relax or build sand castles with the kids.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes

🌊 Can I swim? Yes, in designated areas

10. Avon beach, Dorset

Avon beach
Photo by BerndBrueggemann

Located in Mudeford – Christchurch, Avon Beach is a great option for a beach day trip from Bournemouth.

You’ll find some colourful beach huts (available for hire) with picnic tables but also a café and seafood restaurants.

It’s a great place for families and there is a car park just next to the beach, making the access very easy.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes from October to April

🌊 Can I swim? Yes

11. Mablethorpe Beach, Lincolnshire

Located in the town of Mablethorpe, this beach is ideal for families since it’s a long stretch of  flat golden sand with an arcade and rides. Basically, that’s the ultimate English beach!

It’s very clean and well maintained.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes on the north beach, from October to April on the central beach

🌊 Can I swim? Yes

12. Chesil Beach, Dorset

Chesil Beach

This one is a bit different since it’s a shingle beach. It’s 18-mile long and is a popular spot for walkers.

It goes all the way from West Bay to Portland and is an excellent place to go fishing as well.

🐶 Dog-friendly? Yes

🌊 Can I swim? No, except in West Bay

Map of the beaches in England

Beaches in England map

I hope this article was useful and will have given you loads of ideas of beaches to visit in England.

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