Best Beaches to Visit near London

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.



2. Brighton

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.



4. Hastings

Maybe you have thought about visiting or possibly you have never heard of this destination, well you should look up Hastings.



5. Eastbourne

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. Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex



10. Clacton-on-sea, Essex



11. Littlehampton Beach, West Sussex



12. Shoeburyness, Essex



13. Sunny Sands Beach, Folkestone, Kent



14. 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.



Related Pages

Related Opportunities

London to Morocco Overland

Travel overland from England to Marrakesh visiting France and Spain in-between.

TEFL Courses in England

If you want to be more than just a tourist, take a TEFL course in England which is the perfect way to combine seeing all that the world has to offer, getting some great experience and earning some money on your travels! 

TEFL Courses in London, England

Get trained to teach English abroad by joining a TEFL certificate course in the capital of the UK, London.

Wales Explorer Tour

Experience adventure and Welsh culture in this incredible tour that will take you to the wild side of Wales. Castles, historic villages, breathtaking mountain and coast sceneries are included in this fascinating tour.

London to the Mediterranean on a Shoestring

Like history? And art? How about beaches and pubs? Then say hello to Western Europe on this three-week tour of the highlights from London down to Madrid.

CSC Solidarity Brigades - Volunteering in Cuba

Experience an island of incredible beauty, immense cultural diversity and unique social history. These programs are a unique opportunity to experience the Cuban Revolution firsthand and show that Cuba is not alone.

London to Rome Adventure Tour

Join an overland adventure trip which starts in England and where you will visit France, Switzerland and Italy.

Cornwall Crusader Tour, England (5 Days)

Explore the West Country of England and its amazing coastline by joining this 5 day tour which starts and finishes in London. You will get to visit mystical places like the deserted moors and also tiny remote villages.  

Central America Backroads Tour

Spend 17 days exploring the best places in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thailand Island Hopping

Spend time exploring Thailand's spectacular islands, this is the ultimate experience!

London, Paris Amsterdam

Spend your time discovering London & Paris with this action-packed tour.

Volunteer in Morocco - English and French Teaching Projects

Apply to volunteer for a inspiring experience by helping local children learn in a fun environment as an English or French teacher.

Road Trip Adventure in Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders of this unique country whilst discovering idyllic landscapes and sampling the culinary delights of the ever smiling Sri Lankan people.

Highlights of Colombia Tour

Explore and discover the very best destinations in Colombia on this tour which will take you to see history, culture and beautiful beaches.

Cambodia and Vietnam on a Shoestring Tour

See the very best of Cambodia and Vietnam on this budget 20 day overland tour.

South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 weeks

Travel with us to the ancient Kingdoms of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, famously popular destinations for gap year travellers and it isn't hard to see why.

Cultural Day Tours

Search and book day tours in cities and popular destinations around the world. Visit local sites and attractions with an experienced local guide.





About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017