Beaches near to Birmingham given UK's best Blue Flag status - full list

South Beach in Aberystwyth is an award-winning beach that's an easy drive from Birmingham
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A total of 74 beaches and marinas have been given prestigious Blue Flag awards this year. It includes some of Birmingham's nearest beaches.

We have an interactive beach map to help you find your nearest Blue Flag beach. These international awards are presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality that are clean and safe. Inspectors are also looking for places with 'superb facilities' that enhance environmental education and management.

Run by Keep Britain Tidy, the awards help families to make sure they are visiting a beach that's suitable for them. This is especially useful when you are having to travel a distance, as we do from Birmingham.

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Find your nearest Blue Flag Beach

Click on our interactive map below to find out your closest Blue Flag beach, or to have a look at the place where you're planning to go on holiday this year:

Half of this year’s winners - some 37 beaches - are in the South West, followed by 13 in the East of England, 11 in the South East, five in the North East, four in the East Midlands and three in Yorkshire and Humber. Rutland Water in the East Midlands is a marina close to Birmingham that's our nearest Blue Flag award winner and has been newly named for 2024.

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Other award-winning beaches within two and a half hours of Birmingham include Prestatyn, Porthcawl Marina, Rest Bay and Trecco Bay in Bridgend, Borth and Aberystwyth South in Ceredigion.

In fact, 13 Ceredigion beaches which have won Wales Coast Awards this year too, which make them well worth a visit.