Is it Time to Return to Britain’s Seaside Resorts?
Before package holidays, cheap flights and Lonely Planet guides Brits would flock to the UK seaside for their annual breaks. Nowadays, we have a picture in our heads of faded glamour, neglected arcades and closed down hotels. But with more people taking domestic breaks because of financial restrains or concerns for the environment, is this still the case? We take a whistle stop tour of some of the most popular UK holiday resorts of times gone by and see if they can return to their place in the sun.
Perhaps the most famous UK seaside holiday destination and once the mainstay of any northern English family’s leisure calendar, Blackpool’s reputation has taken a battering of late. Now more popular with stag and hen parties, the Lancashire resort may not be considered as family friendly as in years gone by. However, there is still the tower, zoo and pleasure beach to keep the younger ones entertained. And despite the beaches not being as alluring as they used to be, the donkeys remain active.
A short journey away from Snowdonia National Park, lined with award-winning beaches and boasting an excellent cultural offer, Llandudno deservedly retains a reputation as being a top-drawer holiday resort. A look at this brief Llandudno guide will inform you of a fine array of hotels around the town and you will find plenty of activities for all members of the family. It’s also travel writer Bill Bryson’s favourite seaside town.
Yorkshire’s number one seaside resort may suffer from bracing North Sea winds coming off the from time to time but on a sunny day its charm is plain to see. It has also carved itself out a reputation of being a surfing hotspot with Norwegian swells making their way to the wide beaches and craggy cliffs. The cafés and mouth-watering fish and chips are also still there for all to enjoy.
Margate’s renaissance has been spearheaded by a £17.4 million art gallery built in 2011. The Turner Contemporary hosts pieces by JMW Turner and Margate’s most famous daughters Tracey Emin. As well as the new gallery, the Kent resort also boasts a Michelin-rated restaurant, a picturesque Old Town and a slightly bizarre Shell Grotto. If these don’t appeal there’s always the resort’s award-winning beaches.
Once famous for the exploits of Basil and his staff at Fawlty Towers, Torquay has recently being named Top Seaside Resort in the TripAdviser Traveller’s Choice Awards and is enjoying an upturn in fortunes. The Devon hotspot is considered by many the jewel in the English Riviera’s crown with palm trees and picturesque giving it a Mediterranean vibe.