The UK’s Coolest Seaside Towns (That Aren’t Brighton)

The UK’s Coolest Seaside Towns (That Aren’t Brighton)


Brighton has long been heralded as one of the trendiest seaside towns. However, some would argue that its become too trendy with too many vintage clothes shops and quirky coffee bars and try-hard alternative bars. A new breed of seaside town is now starting to appear across the country and it’s one that’s more naturally cool and hip. Here are just a few seaside resorts that have stripped away their tackiness and become the next big coastal hotspots.


Newquay in Cornwall has long been a surfer’s paradise as well as a party town. More recently it’s been shaking off its image as a boorish resort for stag-dos and hen parties – it’s now a much more chilled-out town with an array of coffee bars, restaurants and pubs all serving local produce. It’s still got good night life and the surfing scene is as buzzing as ever, but it’s grown more sophisticated.


There’s a lot of history to soak up in Hastings – not only can you visit the famous battleground of the 1066 battle, you can also explore the castle, climb through caves in which smugglers once travelled and see a shipwreck. If this wasn’t enough, the town has seen a growing number of boutique shops and classy restaurants popping up. You can book a decent b&b in Hastings relatively cheaply. With so much to do, it’s worth spending a weekend here at least.


Tynemouth is excellent for those wanting to try out watersports. It’s long been a hotspot for surfers, but there are opportunities to try many other ocean sports here too from kayaking to paddle-boarding. There are a good number of independent Tynemouth restaurants to try and a good array of places to shop for novelty gifts. If this wasn’t enough, there’s also a castle, a roman fort and an amusement park. It may technically only be a village, but it’s got more to offer than most big towns.

North Berwick

North Berwick in Scotland is relatively small, but teeming with attractions. You can taste award-winning ice cream, climb the extinct volcano of North Berwick Law, visit the National Museum of Flight and explore history in two of the town’s castles. It’s also got it’s fair share of trendy restaurants and coffee bars. For a taste of the Scottish seaside at its finest, North Berwick is the place to go.


Many would argue that Hove is now part of Brighton since the city pretty much swallowed it up (the city is officially called Brighton & Hove now), but it’s a very different town to it’s bigger neighbour. The beaches here are more placid and the restaurants and coffee bars are a little more refined. You’ve got the wildness of Brighton on your doorstep, but when it comes to more laid-back places to eat and relax, Hove takes the prize.

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