Six of the top UK forgotten coastal locations

There are many great places to visit in the UK and coastal regions continue to be a firm favourite amongst domestic holiday makers.

The pandemic saw trends deviate towards an unprecedented number of UK based holidays with Cornwall seeing around 210,000 visitors in the summer of 2021, as opposed to the usual 180,000.  

And with many still uneasy about booking travel abroad in 2022, potential holiday makers are looking for alternative destinations that are likely to see a few less tourists than the popular hotspots. Which is why we’ve put together a list of the top locations to visit.  

Why not make the most of your trip and combine your favourite destinations with a campervan road trip across the UK? All you’ll need is your sunglasses, some great company and comprehensive motorhome insurance for an adventurous break discovering some of these ideal coastal spots.  

1) Hastings 

A traditional Victorian seaside town in East Sussex, Hastings is draped in historical charm. The ruined castle will take you back to the infamous battle whilst the expansive beach is sure to delight families with kids of all ages.  

2) Cromer  

This Norfolk resort is home to an array of family-run eateries and features the well-known Pavilion Theatre, located at the end of the pier. But the gem of this seaside town is the flawless, sandy beach, ideal for swimmers and surfers.  

3) Dartmouth  

This might not truly be a coastal location but as it sits in the banks of the River Dart, this town features all the best highlights of a seaside resort. With stunning views across the harbour, boat trips and exquisite seafood restaurants, Dartmouth in Devon is well worth a visit.  

4) Deal  

This lesser-known town in Kent is a suburb location to retreat to. With hidden gems such as antique shops, a modern pier and pebble beach, Deal has more of a chilled vibe and is a place to truly relax.  

5) Durdle Door 

Part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Durdle Door is a stunning, awe-inspiring location in Dorset. Featuring steep cliffs and surrounded by quaint pretty villages and gorgeous countryside, be sure to take your camera for some scenic memories.   

6) Whitby 

This charming, yet quirky seaside town has plenty to offer. With its gothic heritage, connections to Dracula and renowned fish and chip restaurants, this North Yorkshire destination is a must-visit.

The popular Whitby Goth Weekends showcase a unique programme of entertainment and are a fantastic excuse to check out the diverse range of gothic-inspired costumes.  

Whether you have a few days, a week or more, there’s plenty of inspiring coastal resorts to discover across the UK, all featuring a nod to their history and heritage. 

Photo by Andy Holmes