Best Beaches to Visit near London
Are you looking for a a great day or weekend away to somewhere not too far from London and with a great beach? Whether you want to travle by car, bus or train there are lots of options which will provide you with a fun way to relax, hopefully get some sun and also relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Check out our top recommendations for cheap beach destinations close to London, perfect for a sunny weather getaway,,,
1. Bournemouth, Dorset
Our top recommendation for a sandy beach and all round top destination is Bournemouth. This is a very vibrant and recommended place to visit if you have a day or weekend free perfect for solo travellers, groups and families.
One of the main attractions of Bournemouth is the sandy beach, two piers and also lots of things to keep you busy and entertained. Bournemouth often gets voted the best place and also the happiest place to live in the UK and its easy to see why. The beaches in Bournemouth are really beautiful and some of the best in the whole country whilst the city centre is small and you can walk around quite easily.
You could even learn to surf, rent a kayak in nearby Boscombe which is a 20 minute walk along the seafront or you could even catch a bus or drive to Sandbanks which is the English equivalent to the French Riviera. This is an island to visit if you would like to check out the lifestyles of the local rich and famous residents, homes here cost on average higher than London. There are also lots of ferry day excursions which can be booked from nearby Poole harbor.
There is also a good public bus and train service connecting other places one the South Coast of England so if you have extra time to spare this is something to consider. There are sightseeing trips to places like the Isle of Wight and Stonehenge which are both within an hours drive which can be booked on arrival or even planned independently if you have a car.
From London you can take the train which takes around 1 hour 45 minutes or a bus which takes around 2 hours 20 minutes. Trains on the day can be expensive, usually around £40 for a return but it is cheaper if booked in advance or if you make a group booking for 4 people on the day. You can also book cheap trains to Bournemouth through the Megabus website or even catch the National Express bus service which operates daily and is usually half the cost of the train and takes only 30 minutes more.
One of the closest and cheapest places to get to. The train from London Bridge takes around 1 hour and usually at weekends there are great offers on cheap day/weekend return tickets. Brighton has lots of cafes, shops, bars, a pebbly beach and also a buzzing nightlife. If you would like to stay for a weekend then there are lots of cheap hotels, hostels and b&bs available.
3. Leigh on Sea
Go East and you will reach Leigh on Sea, one of the most popular day breaks from London during summer.
Maybe you have thought about visiting or possibly you have never heard of this destination, well you should look up Hastings.
Looking to discover a quintessential Engish seaside destination? Consider Eastbourne.
6. Weymouth, Dorset
If you are willing to wake up a little earlier, or go a little further on the train you can catch a South-West train to Weymouth which is approximately 3 hours from London. This popular seaside town is a great place to visit during summer.
7. Broadstairs, Kent
8. Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex
9. Clacton-on-sea, Essex
10. Littlehampton Beach, West Sussex
11. Shoeburyness, Essex
12. Sunny Sands Beach, Folkestone, Kent
13. Walpole Bay, Margate
If you are looking to visit any of the destinations above you can find great fares with Megabus or National Express - be sure to book in advance for the best deals.