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9 beautiful UK beaches to visit during the summer heatwave

Sun seekers will love these beaches in Brighton, Cornwall, Dorset and more

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Leanne Bayley
Leanne BayleyDirector of Lifestyle & Commerce
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Planning another staycation this summer? Due to the high travel prices in peak season, many of us will be looking for relaxing trips closer to home - and luckily, the UK has plenty of stunning beaches to choose from.

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You don't need to venture as far as you'd think to enjoy white sand and crystal blue sea; there are scores of beautiful beaches in Cornwall, Dorset and more locations across the UK that you could definitely be mistaken for thinking were abroad. We've rounded up ten of our absolute favourites you need to visit this summer, and we promise that they're just as Instagrammable

Best beaches in the UK

Carbis Bay Beach, Cornwall

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Visit Carbis Bay on a sunny day and you'll have a hard time reminding yourself that you're still in England. This picturesque bay is just one mile away from St Ives and is an ideal spot for families with young children as the sea here is generally calm and perfect for swimming. The beach has been named one of Cornwall's eight award-winning Blue Flag 2017 beaches thanks to its cleanliness, safety and on-site facilities.

If you're after a place to stay in Cornwall, may we suggest renting a holiday home via the Plum Guide

Weymouth Beach, Dorset

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This three-mile stretch of sand is a great spot with plenty to keep adults and children alike entertained. As well as sunbathing and paddling in the sea, visitors can usually enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows, live music and free summer fireworks displays, all just minutes away from Weymouth town centre. Check out Plum Guide for an idyllic place to stay.

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Rhossili Bay, Wales

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Not only is it home to three miles of golden sandy beaches, but Rhossili Bay is also home to the popular National Trust cottage, the Old Rectory and at low tide the remains of Helvetia, a ship wrecked in 1887, can be seen on the beach. Voted Wales' Best Beach 2017, Rhossili Bay is well worth travelling out to this summer.

Check out for the best hotels to book nearby.

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Luce Sands, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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The weather up in Scotland may not be forecast to be as hot as elsewhere in the UK, but Luce Sands in Dumfries and Galloway is well worth a visit regardless. Here you can expect to enjoy some adventurous activities such as horse riding and surfing, while the bay is also home to an abundance of marine wildlife, leading it to be designated a Special Area for Conservation.

Plan your trip with the help of Trip Advisor. Whether you're after a little cottage to stay in or a dining out experience, you've got the choice of it all. 

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

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If you're visiting Devon this summer you'll definitely want to head down to Woolacombe Beach. This golden sandy beach holds the England for Excellence Gold Award for best family resort, and was also the winner of TripAdvisor's best beaches in Britain award in 2016. A real family favourite, you can rest assured that this beach is both clean and safe, with lifeguards on duty.

If you're after a vacation home to stay in while you're in Devon, the Plum Guide has plenty of incredible looking homes you'll wish you owned. 

Whitesands Bay Beach, Pembrokeshire

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If you prefer to spend your days being active, and trying your hand at everything from surfing to canoeing, Whitesands Bay Beach in Pembrokeshire is the place for you. Further out to sea, the ex-naval vessel HMS Scylla, which sunk nearly 15 years ago, is a popular diving site. One to put on your list for when the activities start up again.

If you're looking for a hotel that's near Whitesands Bay, Trip Advisor has a list to check out.

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Brighton Beach 

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Often nicknamed 'London at Sea' this seaside town is usually bustling with entertainment, bars and attractions along the seafront. However, if it was a more peaceful setting you were looking for, either side of the fun-filled pebbled beach you can find long relaxing strips, dotted with pastel-coloured beach huts, perfect to lye down in the summer sunshine breathe in the fresh sea air.

If you fancy resting your weary feet in a fancy Brighton hotel, check out the list of accommodation on

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Porthcurno, Cornwall 


Porthcurno's beautiful turquoise waters will trick you into thinking you have flown miles to a tropical destination. Its golden sands and picturesque landscape are perfect for those who want a bite of relaxation. The location is so impressive is was chosen as one of Poldark's beach locations which means we need no other excuse to retreat there.

Trip Advisor has a list of the best places to stay in Porthcurno - check it out before thinking you'd just make it as a day trip.

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