The most beautiful seaside villages in the UK

Is there anything better than strolling down the promenade of a British seaside town on a warm summer’s day, with the smell of fresh seafood in the air and the sound of the waves lapping the shore?

With a coastline stretching for tens of thousands of miles, Britain has a selection of quintessential villages to choose from – including some delightfully quieter corners.

And with Britain’s weather game ball and flight chaos set to continue into the summer, Britain’s shores have never looked more attractive.

So pack your bucket and spade, smear your face with Factor 50 and start planning a trip to one of Britain’s most beautiful seaside villages, handpicked by our experts below.

Britain’s most beautiful seaside villages

Polperro, Cornwall

Arguably one of Britain’s most idyllic seaside villages, Polperro in Cornwall is a postcard treasure between Fowey and Looe. While traffic has been a problem in the past, locals have fixed the problem by making all visitors use a park and ride. It also has a popular Fishermen’s Choir which performs on select evenings on Polperro Quay in the Autumn.

Staithes, North Yorkshire

This tiny North Yorkshire village is one of the county’s greatest secrets. The small fishing village was once the home of Captain Cook and is steeped in history. It’s also a great place for foodies and you can enjoy freshly caught fish at Cleveland Corner or take a boat trip to catch your own fish with local Captain Sean (

Hope Cove, Devon

Hope Cove in Devon lives up to its name and has everything you could wish for in a British seaside village. It is actually made up of two villages, Outer Hope and Inner Hope, and is set on golden sandy beaches, amid thatched cottages and the soothing sound of the sea. It’s a great diving spot, with 30 shipwrecks in the area, and is known for its delicious crab and lobster, which are hauled in every day by local fishermen. Hope Cove Weekend is an annual festival of live music, good food and family fun (this year over the August bank holiday). The most beautiful seaside villages in the UK

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