The nearest beach to Birmingham? There is always a bank holiday or school break approaching or it just looks like a hot weekend, and you want to get out of the city and the kids away from the TV and computer. Then why not visit the seaside as a trip to the beach is a great way to get the family interacting with fun-filled activities.
Does this all sound familiar but where is the nearest beach to Birmingham?
At Coast Radar, we have selected 6 seaside locations that although may not be the closest beach to Birmingham in distance are some of the closest in terms of time spent in the car, in part due to better road connections.
Distance from Birmingham 106 miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours.
Weston-super-Mare is on the Somerset coast and retains a lot of its Victorian character. The beach is sandy near the shore but as you are on the Bristol Channel coast the tide has a wide difference between low and high water which results in some muddier areas.
Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside
Distance from Birmingham 101miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours 12 mins
The Wirral Peninsula is often overlooked but at roughly 24 km (15 miles) long and 11 km (7 miles) wide offers a selection of beaches and seaside towns to visit with the two primary seafronts being at New Brighton and West Kirby.
Distance from Birmingham 126miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours 15 mins
Blackpool is a must to mention and although is not the closest to Birmingham offers the widest choice of activities for the whole family. The seaside town offers not only a beach and three piers but a theme park. If you do want some nice beach areas but less brash then hop along the coast to Lytham St Annes.
Rhyl, Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Distance from Birmingham 120miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours 18mins
We have selected this stretch of North Wales coast as Rhyl, Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay are all within reach. Each of these Welsh seaside towns has something different to offer although with one common theme of great sandy beaches.
Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan
Distance from Birmingham 120miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours 25 mins
Barry Island is the peninsula of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. You will never get bored as this resort has a large seafront with sandy beaches, wide promenade, gardens, kids entertainment and then plenty of cafes and restaurants offering all kinds of great food.
Distance from Birmingham 114miles with a journey time of approximately 2 hours 30 mins
In Barmouth, we head to the west Wales coast looking out into Cardigan Bay and backed by Snowdonia. Barmouth itself has safe sandy beaches, traditional seaside family entertainment, plenty of options for food and a picturesque harbour bordered by the Mawddach estuary.
Feature photo of Selfridges by ell brown
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