6 Great UK Coastal Destinations

October 13, 2014 Updated: October 14, 2014

An island nation, it’s not surprising that the United Kingdom is blessed with some fantastic coastal locations to explore and experience. While the weather may not always lend itself to lying on the beach, sipping cocktails and working on your tan, in this article we wanted to share with you some of our favourite destinations around the coast of Great Britain.

1. Aldeburgh

You can catch the train to Aldeburgh but it may be more practical to drive as you will need your car with you to explore this region. This is an old fishing village but it is most famous for its annual music festival that was originally established by the compeer Benjamin Britten – one of Aldeburgh’s most famous residents. One of Aldeburgh’s landmarks is an enormous steel sculpture that sits on the beach – in the shape of a scallop shell it celebrates Britten’s tragic operate Peter Grimes.

2. Portsmouth

Easily accessible from London, you can reach Portsmouth in around two hours by train. One of the unique features about Portsmouth is that it is an island city – the only one in the United Kingdom. Portsmouth has always implanted an important role in England’s defences because of its strategic location.Today this is a modern, vibrant city that is well worth a visit.

3. Hastings

It was here that the invading Norman forces began their conquest of England in 1066, but more than just being a historical point of interest, Hastings is a great coastal destination. You can reach Hastings in just under two hours by direct train from London. A great opportunity to wander through the medieval Old Town, admire the hill-top castle, and the Victorian-era sea front.

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