Visiting the best of the English South Coast

England’s South Coast is officially the sunniest place in the UK. With easy access to over 400 miles of coastline, two National Parks, an array of World Heritage Sites, what more can you squeeze into a perfect holiday itinerary? Places to visit in the south coast include Brighton, Eastbourne, Plymouth, Jurassic coast and Dorset. You can buy train tickets to all these destinations and make the most of the English summer!


With a lively, vibrant city; a picturesque, pebbled beach; a fairground by the pier; and a historic arcade, Brighton is an ideal coastal location near London. It even has its very own viewing tower (The British Airways i360) where you can take in the serene view over the city. Brighton is one of the top destinations on the English south coast.


Eastbourne is famous for Beachy Head, the UK’s highest chalk sea cliff: an absolute must see for all visitors. The 536 feet high cliff provides glorious views over Eastbourne and the English Channel. The town also offers a 19th century pier and is close enough to visit on a day trip from Brighton.


Plymouth is another great city to visit on the south coast. With famous landmarks such as the cobbled quayside following the Mayflower Pilgrims’ footsteps, and the National Marine Aquarium Museum there’s plenty to enjoy when you get there. The nearby Tamar Valley is listed as an area of outstanding beauty and will also be a super trip to make on a sunny day.

The Jurassic Coast

Visiting any stop on the Jurassic Coast is well worth your time. Stretching a distance of 96 miles, the world heritage site extends from Exmouth to Studland Bay in Dorset. You can stay at various towns and villages while you move up and down the coast, with activities – alongside hiking – including cruises, coasteering and fossil hunting.


Dorset includes the Jurassic Coast but has other attractions too. With classic coastal towns such as Bournemouth and Poole you can visit the seaside before enjoying a restful dinner by the pier. Meanwhile, there are thrilling cycle routes, and some of the finest walking trails complete with breath-taking scenery.

The English south coast can be the ideal place for a sunny getaway. By visiting one of the above locations you should be all set for a wonderful holiday.

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