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Top 10 best beaches in the UK as voted by Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor’s discerning members voted for their favorite seaside retreats throughout Europe and Britain took a surprising share overall. While not always enjoying the climate of some of its southern neighbors, Britain’s beaches offer a wealth of beauty and enjoyable amenities that make any visit memorable. Counting down from ten, here are the finest beaches Britain has to offer.

10. St Brelade’s Bay Beach, Jersey

Offering a respite from daily life, this Channel Island boasts wide, sandy expanses of beach perfect for any seaside holiday. Nearby bars and cafes ensure visitors will find ample sustenance while banana boat rides and hire kayaks promise exciting fun in the water.

9. Filey Beach, Filey, Yorkshire

This lovely beach on Britain’s northeast coast offers miles of gentle coastline perfect for strolling in the sand or hunting for unusual species among its rock pools. A promenade flanks the sand and offers visitors the perfect place for a quick bite to eat. Long known as a seaside retreat, this beach enjoyed a Victorian heyday and still draws visitors today with its timeless appeal.

8. Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

Known as a blue flag beach for 25 years, Sandbanks attracts visitors with its gentle coastline, classic beach amenities and convenient access to cafes and facilities. When visitors have had their fill of relaxing in the sand, nearby mini-golf, kayak hire and windsurfing offer exciting alternatives.

7. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset

With a curving Esplanade that edges the sand, this pretty beach combines all the fun of relaxing in the sun with the elements that make a perfect seaside holiday, in keeping with its long reputation as a healing resort. The shallow waters encourage swimming and traditional elements such as Punch and Judy shows and bouncy castles will delight children.

6. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

The fortuitous combination of Atlantic waves and an outlying reef make this Britain’s premier surfing beach. Competitions are held here regularly and it is the home of the British Surfing Association. The lovely sandy beach makes the perfect place to sprawl in the sunshine, but during the height of surfing conditions swimming here is not for the faint of heart.

5. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset

This beach could arguably boast the most ancient pedigree in Britain. Inhabited since the Stone Age, it boasts numerous archeological sites to visit in addition to its popularity as a holiday retreat. Its coastal paths are popular with walkers and birdwatchers while the sandy beach attracts holidaymakers.

4. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth

The aptly named Longsands is an expansive stretch of beach perfect for idle relaxation. With so much space, it doesn’t feel crowded even at the height of summer. Water activities include windsurfing and the on-duty lifeguards make it child-friendly. The gentle coastline encourages long walks as well as allowing the beach to be accessible to the disabled.

3. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

This part of Cornwall benefits from its balmy climate, giving visitors the disconcerting feeling they’re actually somewhere in the Mediterranean. Clear turquoise waters, white sand and palm trees are just minutes from the winding streets of St. Ives and offer visitors the impression of an afternoon spent on the French Riviera. The cultural diversion of the nearby Tate St. Ives makes a nice way to cap any visit to this beautiful beach.

2. Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon

Surfers love this area of the Devon coast, where waves from the Atlantic Ocean provide excellent surfing conditions – and the short video to the right will show you why. The coastline features beautiful sea cliffs and the expansive views over the water allow visitors to enjoy the sight of nearby Lundy Island. Woolacombe is very popular with families.

1. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Wales

This three-mile stretch of sandy beach takes top prize, noted for its sweeping coastline views, stunning geological features, such as the Devil’s Bridge and nearby prehistoric remains. The beach was even the setting for an a cappella choir performance during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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