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England Seaside Resorts Guide

short breaks and weekends at England's famous coastal resorts


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large Devon seaside resort with iconic palm trees, busy harbour and international marina

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picturesque harbour town, the centre of Cornwall's pre-war art scene, now home to a branch of the Tate Museum

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Britain's surfing capital with excellent sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, restaurants, shops and lively nightlife

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on one of the world's deepest natural harbours, with major maritime museum, choice of beaches and numerous bars and restaurants

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quaint fishing village which is now a popular seaside resort with chalk cliffs instead of the surrounding deep red cliffs and lush countryside

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seaside resort with seven miles of sandy beaches, entertainment, award-winning gardens and plenty of water sports

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popular year-round seaside resort, not too far from London, with extensive nightlife and wide choice of bars or restaurants

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quieter than some of the other nearby resorts and offering both sand and pebble beaches with many fine, period buildings and a thatched museum

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the old docks have now been converted to a smart marina with superb views. There are excellent beaches with rock pools to explore at half tide

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seaside resort on the dramatic North Devon coast with towering cliffs and tiny beaches; fine selection of accommodation, shops and restaurants

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popular, picturesque town on large natural harbour, with speciality shops, pubs and restaurants

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offering a rare combination of seascapes, golden beaches, crystal clear sea and quiet, green corners inland

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former fishing port, now a cosmopolitan seaside resort, made famous by chef Rick Stein, offering some of the country's best seafood restaurants

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popular Torbay seaside town with extensive beach and easy access to Torquay, Brixham or Dartmoor

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traditional seaside resort on South Devon coast, retaining its genteel character and easy access to local attractions and the Jurassic Coast

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with Salcombe at its centre with its picturesque harbour and quality shops, to the more rugged coastline towards East Prawle and South Pool, the South Hams is a popular tourist destination

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offering pure nostalgia. Ride a steam train through the countryside to this seaside resort, walk along the Victorian pier and gaze out over Swanage Bay from Durlston Castle to Brownsea Island and the red squirrels

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known as the English Riviera, this wide bay has something for everyone, beaches, restaurants, entertainment venues, museums and some of the longest sun hours in the UK

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sandy beaches, award-winning promenades and historic harbour, this is a hidden seaside gem awash with kitsch traditional entertainment. Visit the funfair, amusements and donkey rides on the beach

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popular Victorian seaside resort, with 3.5 mile palm-tree-lined seafront, close to South Downs National Park