Places with beaches in the UK

Looking for some sand, sea and sunshine this summer? There’s no need to hop on a plane or jump in the car as there are plenty of UK beaches that you can get to by bus!

The UK has plenty of fantastic beaches to be explored. Take the stress out of the day and get there by bus this summer. We love a good trip to the coast, so we’ve put together a few of our top picks.


There’s something for everyone at Whitby beach, with rock pools to explore, blue flag waters for swimming and spectacular cliffs, Whitby beach is a family-friendly beach with a fantastic view.
To top it all off, you can see the famous Whitby Abbey looking over the beach, which is a must-see attraction when in Whitby

Explore the pretty coastal destination of Whitby and its fascinating maritime heritage by bus. Find out more on our routes here:

Bamburgh Castle Beach 

Bamburgh Beach is a wonderful beach with the iconic backdrop of Bamburgh Castle and distant views of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. 

Get there by the X18 Newcastle to Berwick bus: 

Colwyn Bay

Winner of the prestigious Blue Flag award, Colwyn Bay Beach continues for three miles and has a promenade that stretches the length of the beach.

The sandy and shingle beach is perfect for swimming, watersports and fishing. It even has a walking route along the coastal track.

We offer several bus routes connecting Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, and other nearby towns. Take the bus and explore the area without the cost of petrol or car parking: 

Formby Beach

Often named one of the country's best beaches, Formby Beach is just one of Merseyside’s coastal gems. It’s ideal for families with picnic areas, a large sandy beach and woods to explore.

You can climb pathed areas of the dunes and take in the views across the Irish Sea and, on clear days, you can even see the mountains of Cumbria.

We operate bus routes that connect Formby with Liverpool, Southport, Crosby and other destinations. Why not leave the car at home and relax on the bus? Find out more: 

Southend Seafront

Southend boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, so there’s plenty to choose from! Three Shells Beach is a family favourite with a dedicated ‘lagoon’, which means you can swim even if the tide is out. The lagoon is a firm favourite with young families with a kids' play area.
Its close proximity to the town means you’re spoilt for choice with places to eat and shelter from the sun on a hot summer's day.

Our buses travel in and around Southend-on-Sea and connect travellers to destinations such as Shoeburyness, Rayleigh, Southend Airport and more. Find out more: 

Sheerness Beach

Sheerness is a shingle beach, bordered by green open space leading to the promenade - making it the perfect place for an afternoon by the sea. It’s particularly popular with families as it offers a range of different attractions to keep the kids entertained. Or if you’re just looking to enjoy the views, you can sit on the gently sloping beach and look out into the Thames and Medway Estuaries.

We offer several bus routes which run in and around Sheerness. Why not let us drive while you relax and enjoy the scenery by bus?. Find out more: 

Image credits: Whitby Abbey overlooking the coast by Dave Lowe / Whitby Seafront by Andy Carne / Bamburgh Castle Beach by Bruce Edwards / Formby Beach by Rebecca Campbell / Southend Seafront by Silviya Nenova

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