2021 is shaping up to be the year of the staycation, and what better way to enjoy a Great British summer than by exploring the UK’s stunning coastline by train? From St Andrews to Torquay, Great Yarmouth to Barry Island and many more in between, Britain’s beach resorts have so much to offer and most of them are really close to railway stations!
You’ll find all the best fares online at Trainhugger.com, so now that we are finally allowed back out into the world, why not – as the old saying goes – let the train take the strain and plan your summer and beyond?
Here’s our handy guide to some of Britain’s best beaches, which are only a train journey away.
Station 🚉: St Ives (SIV)
Closest beach 🏖: Porthminster Beach, right next to the station car park
The train ride to the stunning Cornish town of St Ives is a treat in itself, with gorgeous views of sandy beaches and clear blue water to get you in the holiday mood before you even set foot on the platform. Once you disembark, it’s only a very short stroll across the station car park to Porthminster beach. St Ives has a fabulous Mediterranean vibe about it, with a busy fishing harbour, narrow cobbled streets and several beautiful beaches within easy walking distance of the town centre. You can enjoy fish and chips or a Cornish pasty on the beach, treat yourself to a fancy meal in one of the town’s award-winning restaurants, and soak up some serious culture at the Tate St Ives, before getting the train back home.
Station 🚉: Deal (DEA)
Closest beach 🏖: Deal Beach, 6 minute walk from the station
If you decide to venture to the Kent coast, then you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. With fantastic destinations like Whitstable, Margate, Broadstairs and Herne Bay just a train ride away, you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for somewhere a little less busy, but no less beautiful, then we really recommend Deal – with its laid-back atmosphere and rich history (it was first mentioned in the Domesday Book). Deal’s glorious beach is only a short walk from the station, and you can also take a leisurely stroll along the seafront to nearby Walmer Castle.
Station 🚉: Brighton (BTN)
Closest beach 🏖: Brighton Beach, 11 minute walk (downhill) from the station
Brighton is just over an hour from London by train and one of the most popular destinations for day-trippers and those who fancy a longer stay. Whether you want to have a few beers on the beach, party the night away, go shopping in The Lanes or eat at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Brighton has long been ahead of the game when it comes to vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and even hosts an annual vegan festival. Don’t miss the famous Brighton Pride festival!
Station 🚉: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB)
Closest beach 🏖: Pleasure Beach is a four minute walk from the station.
No list of British beaches would be complete without mentioning Blackpool with its Kiss Me Quick hats, sticks of rock and donkey rides along the seafront. It’s a short walk from Blackpool North station to the town’s world-famous Pleasure Beach, where adrenaline junkies can enjoy a ride on the UK’s tallest roller coaster, aptly named The Big One! Other major attractions include the Tower Ballroom (hello Strictly fans!) and if you visit from September onwards, you’ll be able to see the dazzling Blackpool Illuminations. Finally, no trip to the beach is complete without an ice cream, and the family-run Notarianni’s has been serving up scoops since the 1920s. Enjoy!
Station 🚉: Berwick-upon-Tweed (BWK)
Closest beach 🏖: Berwick-upon-Tweed Beach is about a mile away from the station.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s northernmost town and the last stop on the East Coast Main Line before it crosses over into Scotland. The train station is in the grounds of Berwick’s former castle, so you’ll be able to get a feel for the town’s magnificent history from the moment you arrive. Berwick’s sandy beach is an ideal place to start exploring Northumberland’s stunning coastline – you won’t find a better spot for a walk in the bracing sea air.
Station 🚉: Largs (LAR)
Closest beach 🏖: Largs Bay Beach is a seven minute walk from the station
Last, but by no means least, is the popular Ayrshire resort of Largs. Just hop on a train from Glasgow Central, and an hour later, you’ll find yourself a world away from the city, on the beautiful Firth of Clyde. You won’t be short of things to do in this Scottish seaside town, but we’d highly recommend a visit to the famous Nardini’s café for a fish supper followed by gorgeous gelato.
So, now we have whetted your appetite, what are you waiting for? Head to Trainhugger.com to find the best train fares to your dream summer destination!