Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall.
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall.

Best UK Seaside Short Family Breaks

Few holidays offer the simple charms and pure joy of a traditional seaside break in the UK – after all, when it comes to it, kids (especially younger ones) need little more than a beach and an ice cream in hand to be happy. And what makes the kids happy makes you happy.

And while a bit of sunshine never goes amiss, seaside staycations are great all year round – walks, beach games and rockpooling are as enjoyable in the winter months as they are in summer, but in the colder months you're not likely to be fighting for your own stretch of sand. Even Christmas by the beach can be fun!

We've gathered together our favourite seaside family holidays around the UK and for all budgets, from family-friendly hotels and holiday villages to self-catering cottages, and in locations ranging from chic, ever-popular Cornwall to kiss-me-quick resorts such as Blackpool and Skegness.

Our hand-picked selection

Watergate Bay Hotel

Cornwall
A great family hotel, especially with older kids and teens who can take advantage of the excellent local surfing tuition.

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Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

Cornwall
A classic child-friendly property on the Atlantic coast, with indoor and outdoor pools, an adventure playground, a spa and so much more.

Big Blue Hotel

Blackpool
A family-friendly hotel in Blackpool, close to the attractions but providing a peaceful haven after a fun-packed day.

Luccombe Hall Hotel

Isle of Wight
A comfortable option in Shanklin on the south-east coast, with indoor and outdoor facilities for all the family and direct beach access.

Bluestone Lodges & Cottages, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembrokeshire
Luxury self-catering lodges and cottages in a stunning coastal park in Pembrokeshire, with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

Les Ormes Holiday Resort

Jersey
Villas, cottages and lodges ideal for active families, close to the beach and with a golf course and an indoor pool, on Jersey.