Brits’ favourite seaside resorts revealed for summer 2018

There’s nothing quite like a trip to the seaside for a quintessentially British summer escape.

Whether you’re tucking into fish and chips while strolling along the promenade, hitting the arcades or making the most of the UK’s best beaches , it’s a classic holiday for a reason.

And while there’s a plethora of choice along the British coasts, there are some resorts that never fail to be a hit with families.

The hotel chain is opening 1,000 new seaside rooms over the next two years – so finding the must-visit hotspots was key.

So, where are Brits heading along the coast this summer? Check out the top 10 below…

1. Torquay

Boats Moored In The Marina At Torquay, Devon, England, Britain, Uk. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Topping the list is the charming seaside town in Devon, which has long been a firm favourite with Brits thanks to the wide array of activities it offers.

For example, thrill-seekers will find plenty of brilliant surfing hotspots and ample water sports centres, while those who prefer to relax on the beach won’t be disappointed by the picturesque stretches of sand.

Meanwhile the harbour is a stone’s throw from the town centre and offers plenty of shops, bustling bars and restaurants, as well as a picturesque marina – ideal for a family dinner out or a romantic date night.

2. Bournemouth

The seafront and Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth (Image: Getty)

Boasting over seven miles of beaches and picturesque Victorian architecture that looks like something out of a film set, Bournemouth offers everything you need for a picture-perfect seaside break.

But it’s not just the resort’s vibrant atmosphere, swimming-friendly waters and brilliant food offering that appeal to holidaymakers.

Bournemouth is also surrounded by some pretty spectacular cliffs and coastal walks ideal for hikers and ramblers looking to take in the picturesque views.

3. Brighton

Brighton Pier (Image: Getty)

Brighton Pier is iconic for offering up arcade games and thrilling rides that the kids are bound to love – but if you’re after something more laidback you can watch the action from afar in one of the blue and white striped deck chairs along the beach instead.

With an eight-mile long seafront, you won’t struggle to find somewhere to eat thanks to the countless restaurants and ice cream parlours lining the promenade.

As for a night out, there are plenty of bars and live music venues that make up a small part of the town’s world famous nightlife.

4. Weymouth

Weymouth Beach (Image: Getty)

Weymouth Beach is hailed as one of the best beaches in Dorset and is well worth a visit for its fine sands, swimming-friendly waters and colourful beach huts that look like they should be on a postcard.

However, Weymouth offers up a lot more than just pretty beaches. Explorers will find plenty of highlights on a walk along the Jurassic Coast thanks to the pebble beaches, exciting birdlife and landmarks waiting to be discovered.

Back in town you’ll find everything you need for a fun holiday from arcades to restaurants and shops, all with the pretty Georgian houses that make for an eye-catching backdrop.

5. Blackpool

Blackpool Tower (Image: Getty)

If you only visit one thing during your visit with the kids, make it Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The theme park boasts some brilliant rollercoasters – including new addition Icon – as well as a Nickelodeon themed land sure to be popular with younger children.

For unrivalled views of the British coast, Blackpool Tower is a must; not to mention the exhibitions offer a fascinating glimpse into Blackpool’s history.

Then there’s the nightlife. You won’t be disappointed if you’re after a fun night out as Blackpool delivers with a plethora of bars, clubs and restaurants that tailor to everyone from stag and hen dos to chilled family dinners.

6. Southport

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Philip Dunn/REX/Shutterstock (1782358k) Promenade, Marine Lake, Southport, Merseyside Various – 2012

Whether you’re after a day trip or a long weekend, this classic Victorian town delivers.

It’s home to brilliant beaches, a whole host of shopping quarters, golf courses and even a casino and three theatres.

Getting bored of the beach? It’s well worth visiting the Botanical Gardens where you’ll find a burst of colour in the exotic flowers and plants that await, not to mention there are highlights from the aviary to a playground for the kids.

7. Southampton

Sunset over Southampton Water (Image: Getty)

Southampton is predominantly renowned for being the departure point for cruise holidays , but away from the port you’ll find a wealth of pretty beaches, not to mention some brilliant surfing and kayaking spots.

Head into the city and you’ll be greeted by plenty of museums and parks to explore, while evenings can be spent discovering the many restaurants and bars.

8. Dover

Dover Ferry Port (Image: iStock Unreleased)

Most of us will know Dover as the home of ferries across to France, but it offers so much more than just a stopover destination.

History buffs can soak up some culture at the spectacular Dover Castle, the largest castle in England where you can also discover the Secret Wartime Tunnels.

Looking to make the most of the great outdoors instead? There are countless hiking and walking trails on offer so you can make the most of the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

9. Weston-super-Mare

Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, UK. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Weston-super-Mare offers everything you could want for a classic seaside break; sandy beaches, a Grand Pier, an aquarium where kids can learn more about underwater creatures, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Make sure to catch the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival which puts any of our sandcastle efforts to shame – the festival runs until the 30th September 2018 and this year’s theme is ‘circus’ promising some eye-catching creations.

10. Isle of Wight

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Neil Farrin/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock (3634968a) Gurnard Beach, Gurnard, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom VARIOUS

It’s no wonder that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose a holiday home in the Isle of Wight ; after all it boasts some spectacular beaches, is a short boat trip across from the south coast of England, and has some picturesque landscapes to take in.

Nowadays you’ll also find bustling seafront promenades where families gather either to make the most of the beaches or go exploring the shops and restaurants.

As for nature-lovers, make sure to check out The Needles, three white chalk rocks guarded by a 19th century lighthouse.

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