What are some of the best places to visit on the south coast of England?

England is surprisingly vast and varied given its comparatively small size. What impresses so many, however, is how picturesque its classic English seaside towns can be. Indeed, while the UK might be seen as a haven for historic tourism, it’s rarely seen as a holiday destination that screams “take me to the beach.”

But (as well as the jewel of the north, Blackpool) England boasts many incredible seaside towns along its southern coast, many of which are just a short drive from London. So, find a used convertible Audi, roll down the windows, and experience some of the most impressive coastline holiday spots the UK has to offer.

St Ives

Cornwall is known as the part of the UK we all like to go to on our summer holidays. And it has certainly earned that reputation. Of all the holiday destinations to be found on the southwest coast of the UK, St Ives is arguably the most desirable. From its booming cultural scene to its pristine beaches and incredible cuisine, it’s a town that honestly feels like it belongs more in the Mediterranean than in the UK.

The Jurassic Coast

The only natural World Heritage Site in the country, this famous coastline features fossils dating back 185 million years. It’s also home to some incredible beaches and gorgeous quaint little towns. Swanage, Lyme Regis, and Sidmouth are all more than worth exploring but it’s the coastal resort town of Exmouth that brings in the tourists.

The White Cliffs of Dover

So nice they wrote a song about them, the White Cliffs of Dover are a true English icon with the white chalk dashed against the cliffs themselves lending them an almost alien beauty. There are millions of years’ worth of history to explore here and for geologists, the natural wonder itself will prove more than alluring enough. While you’re in the area, you might as well also stop by Dover Castle, which rises elegantly above the cliffs. This Medieval castle is often described as the “key to England” thanks to its strategic positioning and was once the largest castle in the country.

Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove are iconic English cities as famous for their nightlife as for their beaches and family-friendly entertainment. Check out the famous pier (once the world’s largest) and the incredible Royal Pavilion Museum, nestled in architecture that looks almost ancient Roman. There’s also world-class shopping to enjoy and a general atmosphere of friendly bohemia that will make you want to move there. Trust us.