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Top stops on the UK’s South Coast

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Diana

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There are so many reasons to visit the beautiful South Coast from stunning scenery to discovering historical sites, magnificent coastline trails for walking enthusiasts; to being one of the sunniest places in the UK.

Home to spectacular islands, award-winning beaches, highly regarded vineyards, ever popular piers and famous buildings, the UK’s South Coast offers the perfect opportunities on your next getaway.

Poole = spectacular views 

The ancient port of Poole in Dorset, is a friendly, easy-going town that provides you with the perfect opportunity to explore Brownsea Island, the largest island in Poole Harbour.

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Owned by the National Trust, the island can be visited most of the year and once ashore visitor can admire spectacular views across to Studland, Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck Hills. Spring is a wonderful time to discover the islands walking trails where you can wander through unique habitats and spot a variety of wildlife on the island from red squirrels to the coming and going of a huge variety of birds in the lagoon.

Back in Poole, we recommend heading to Sandbanks Beach, winner of the prestigious Blue Flag Award for a consecutive 31 years. Make the most of its soft golden sands and breath-taking views of the ocean.

Bournemouth = miles of Blue Flag beaches

Nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line, Bournemouth has seven miles of award-winning beaches and some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK! Whether you love relaxing on a deckchair whilst reading your favourite book, strolling along a seaside pier or simply just admiring miles of breath-taking coastline as the world goes by, the beautiful town of Bournemouth has it all.

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You will find here beautiful award-winning gardens to be explored and an abundance of restaurants and cafes to dine in. The Urban Reef, a café/restaurant located next to the beach on Boscombe Promenade serves up delicious locally sources food in a peaceful setting where you can admire stunning panoramic views of Bournemouth Bay and beyond.

Tip - You can experience the beauty of Bournemouth & Poole in one day with a sightseeing bus from Bournemouth and a sea cruise from Poole Quay.

South Downs = stunning landscapes

South Downs is a popular destination for walkers, offering stunning landscapes and mesmerising views no matter the season. Lace up your walking boots and set out on an adventure to enjoy the beautiful countryside pretty villages and unspoilt coastline on offer in this fabulous UK destination; not forgetting some of Britain’s best high-quality vineyards!

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Spend the day at Birling Cap and the Seven Sisters where you can enjoy big skies, coastal landscapes and quiet walks. One of the easiest viewpoints to reach the Seven Sisters is just beyond the Went Hill Brow, the easternmost cliff. Here you will find access to both the beach and stretches of the South Downs Way and good facilities.

Brighton = a nostalgic seaside town

Visit Brighton to experience a vivid town bursting with attractions, interesting museums and glorious sea views.

Brighten up your day with a stroll along The Brighton Palace Pier to experience traditional British entertainment at its best. Fully indulge in hand-warming fish and chips, fresh doughnuts and enjoy peaceful sea views.

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During your stay, make time to visit The Royal Pavilion, one of the most opulent buildings in England. The Chinese-inspired design is a famous part of Sussex history, and simply adds to the mixed character of this seaside town.

Hastings = Brighton’s lesser known neighbour

A day trip to Hastings has never sounded better. With the recently refurbished Pier, boutique shops, gourmet food and interesting art, you might find there's more to Hastings than you initially thought.

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Visit Hastings town centre and discover a variety of amazing attractions; stroll along the beautiful cobbled streets in the Old Town and stumble upon quaint little cafes and Tudor buildings, visit the Fisherman's Museum, or take a stroll down the Hastings Pier to enjoy the breathtaking views.


Treat yourself to a mini break and experience for yourself any of these top stops on the UK's South Coast. Find your inspiration here

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