BRITAIN’S BEST SEASIDE TOWNS
Contemplating a trip (or a move) to the coast? These are our favourite places
Aldeburgh, Suffolk You’d need deep pockets to buy a house in this town (above). But the pubs are wonderfully charming, the beach is picture-perfect and the fish and chips from the Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop are some of the best in England, so make a day of it. Deal, Kent The hip Shoreditch crowd is flocking to Margate, but not far away is this smaller, prettier town (left) filled with dainty Georgian houses. Delis, vintage design stores and hip cafes populate the high street, attracting arty urbanites. Lyme Regis, Dorset Not for nothing did JMW Turner come here to paint the sea and sky – the light is beautiful. It’s best enjoyed from the Cobb (above), the ancient curved-stone harbour that dates back to medieval times. Morecambe, Lancashire Art Deco-style The Midland hotel is the big draw here. Have afternoon tea on its enchanting Sun Terrace and gaze at the sea. We also love the Morecambe Winter Gardens theatre, a rare Victorian music hall with a dramatic interior. Oban, Scotland This small town (above), located on the west coast of Scotland, is the scene of spectacular sunsets, framed by rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also famous for its delicious seafood.