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Britain’s top 20 coastal towns – we travel to 8; how many do you travel to?

By 16th June 2015October 15th, 2016Coach Travel, Day Trips, Short Breaks
Beach travel by coach with Mayday Travel

Beach travel by coach with Mayday Travel

The long, hot days of summer are here at last, and it’s time to discover some of the beautiful coastal locations that Britain is famed for. Whether it’s golden sands and dancing waves or rugged cliffs and windswept coves, the Victorians had the right idea when picking places to visit.

Best of British

The Telegraph’s top 20 list includes historic places such as Whitby, Salcombe and Ilfracombe and is topped with Deal in Kent. The south of England benefits from the finest weather, and the best temperatures to boot, and that’s where Mayday Travel runs many excursions.

Chosen for stunning views, the classic seaside vibe, architectural importance or archaeological significance, all of these towns are worth visiting. How many have you been to?


There’s places to visit and attractions to see for all ages in Hastings. The castle is at the top of the list of places to go. The town became famous in 1066, and there are a wide range of museums and galleries dedicated to the lives of those who have lived there ever since. These include The Fisherman’s Museum and The Shipwreck Museum. Hastings has a vibrant town centre which is full of well-stocked shops and there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes to stop at for refreshments.


Eastbourne has been the seaside destination of choice for well over a century, and it still brings thousands of visitors to the shores every year. As well as spending your time relaxing on a deckchair with an ice cream, you’ll enjoy taking in the impressive architecture of the pier. If you’re feeling more energetic, you could have a ride on the miniature railway, walk along stunning Beachy Head or take afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.


Whether you want to spend your time at the bustling Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet centre or head off to the beach of Southsea, historic Portsmouth welcomes visitors with an array of attractions. Climb to the top of the iconic Spinnaker Tower, learn the lives of sailors past who lived and worked on HMS Victory, or head to the marine life experience of the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Let the coach take the strain

With the busy lives we all lead, it’s difficult to be able to get away for a break. Mayday Travel has taken the stress out of planning trips to the coast by organising trips to eight of the 20 towns on the Telegraph list.

If you want to broaden your horizons and get away for a day, talk to Mayday Travel and book a ticket to a seaside destination. We have an itinerary of day trips on offer, so you and friends can discover places you’ve always want to go to but never had the opportunity.

It won’t be long before you will be able to say you’ve visited all eight, and you’ll be planning trips further afield – perhaps to Lille and Ostend.