Britain's 20 best beaches perfect for families during the warm weather

Sand dunes and a pier in Walberswick, Suffolk
Sand dunes and a pier in Walberswick, Suffolk -Credit:kbwills/Getty

With the glorious weather in-store over the weekend, it's the perfect time to head to the many brilliant beaches Britain has to offer. There's nothing better than a day out at the seaside, the smell of the sea air, plethora of fish and chip shops and slot machines.

The Telegraph recently released a list of Britain's '20 greatest beaches', all chosen for their 'scenic beauty', reports MyLondon. Par Beach of the Isles of Scilly came out on top - which admittedly, is quite tricky to get to.

Rottingdean in East Sussex is perhaps more palatable for a weekend away, or even a day trip if you can handle the return journey in one day. This beach is on the quiet stretch of coast between Brighton and Newhaven, which you can walk to from Brighton along the promenade that stretches to the East.

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The sheer chalk cliffs stand at its back with the pebbly beach feeling lovely and secluded. It is known as a great place to swim and has the picturesque beauty that landed it on the Telegraph's list. You'll need to first get a train to Brighton then a bus to Rottingdean.

Another beach on the list is St Margaret’s Bay in Kent. The beach is another that has white chalky cliffs at its rear with a calm and peaceful shingle beach in front.

Pedn Vounder beach at Treen near Porthcurno, pictured on Tuesday, April 19
Pedn Vounder beach -Credit:Greg Martin / Cornwall Live

This beach has loads of opportunities for rock pooling, paddling and searching for fossils and is lesser known than many of its Kent neighbours making it a great spot. The walk down to the beach from the cliff-top parking spots is said to be one of its charms, but perhaps not if you're carrying a toddler and several bags.

If you did want to go a bit further afield then there are two beaches that both take just over three hours and 40 minutes to drive - which is the most direct way to get to them. Walberswick in Suffolk is a stone and sand beach. It is beautifully windswept with fun dunes to play about and get lost in.

The other is Brancaster in Norfolk which has a massive wide expanse of sand and dunes. It's great for nesting birds and is such a big beach itself, overcrowding is almost never a problem.

Full list of Britain's 20 best beaches

  1. Par, Isles of Scilly

  2. Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

  3. Polzeath, Cornwall

  4. East Portlemouth, Devon

  5. Saunton Sands, Devon

  6. Seatown, Dorset

  7. Clevedon, Somerset

  8. Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

  9. Rottingdean, East Sussex

  10. St Margaret's Bay, Kent

  11. Walberswick, Suffolk

  12. Brancaster, Norfolk

  13. Morecambe North, Lancashire

  14. Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

  15. Cocklawburn and Cheswick, Northumberland

  16. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

  17. Penbryn, Ceredigion

  18. Elie Harbour, Fife

  19. Silver Sands of Moror, Highland

  20. Scarista Beach, Isle of Harris