Popular Seaside Resorts vs Coastal Hidden Gems

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With so many coastal destinations to discover and only a short time slot for the British summer, it’s hard to decide whether to go for a well-known seaside hot spot for your next break, or somewhere a little more off the beaten track. Let us do the hard work for you, with our best of both list…

Blackpool vs Southport

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You’re familiar with the bright lights and white-knuckle rides of Blackpool, as well as the infectious sense of nostalgia that comes with every visit. But what about the seaside town of Southport down the road? Highlights include the peaceful Kings Gardens, the traditional Southport Pier and, yes, the British Lawnmower Museum. 

Scarborough vs Flamborough

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If it’s cheap thrills and all the fun of the seaside you’re after, then look no further than Scarborough. The resort has long been a favourite with holidaymakers across the UK and continues to go from strength to strength, especially with its new additions such as Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Alpamare Water Park. Looking for somewhere a tad more peaceful? Try Flamborough, which teeters on the edge of East Riding of Yorkshire. With the commanding views from Flamborough Head to enjoy, plus the picturesque lighthouse, it makes for a scenic place to visit. 

Bournemouth vs Milford on Sea

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With its Victorian architecture and an impressive 7 miles of beaches, Bournemouth is a firm favourite amongst staycationers. Just a few miles down the coast, you can discover Milford on Sea at your leisure. Walk along the pebble beach with a loved one, enjoy a spot of bird watching and hit the shops before retreating to a cosy pub for a hearty meal. 

Newquay vs Mevagissey

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Surf’s up, dude… and we’re on our way to Newquay! With its stretches of immaculate beaches and famous zoo, the Cornish town is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Needing a moment of peace and quiet? Head to the chocolate-box fishing port of Mevagissey. The village is awash with award-winning fish & chip eateries, quirky shops and local legends. What’s more, it’s a stone’s throw from the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, so you can easily spend a few days in the area. 

Swansea vs Porthcawl

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Think of the trendy city of Swansea and images of cultural museums, urban markets and glorious coastal views are conjured. Travel east and you’ll find the charming town of Porthcawl. With a grand pavilion, golf courses, the Coney Beach funfair and a multitude of sandy beaches, it’s definitely one to cross off your seaside list. 

Great Yarmouth vs Cromer 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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First thing’s first, Great Yarmouth has LOADS to do and see. With The Time and Tide Museum, The Nelson Museum and the SEA LIFE Aquarium amongst its big attractions, there’s no wonder why so many families flock there each year on a fun escape. If you’re looking for somewhere nearby with buckets of charm, try Cromer. Stroll along the picturesque beach and brave the wildlife at Amazona Zoo before sitting back and tucking into a famed crab sandwich – nom. 

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