Top 10 Most Instagrammable UK Seaside Towns

Since we’re in the peak of a hot summer, we all crave a trip to a tranquil seaside town in the hot sunshine with beautiful sea views and endless sandy beaches.

With this in mind, we teamed up with the folks over at Betway to discuss the 10 most Instagrammable seaside towns in the UK to show off the beautiful landscapes of wherever you might be.

1. Brighton

Taking the top spot with a whopping 7.6 million Instagram hashtags is the famous Brighton beach. The south coast seaside city has been a magnet for visitors in search of fun, frolics and fresh sea air. With its majestic Regency squares and crescents, iconic Royal Pavilion and famous piers, it’s a great day out.

2. Bournemouth

In second place is the beautiful Bournemouth, another south coast town that offers a great summer’s day out. With seven glorious miles of idyllic coastline, you’re sure to find a number of surprising things to do in this beautiful coastal town at any time of year as you and your family and friends create memories. 

3. Scarborough

Up next is the Yorkshire coastal town of Scarborough. Britain’s original seaside resort, trips to Scarborough offer something for everyone with two picturesque beaches, numerous exciting attractions and a rich history that is just waiting to be explored.

4. Blackpool

Best known for its famous pleasure beach and iconic tower, Blackpool is the ultimate family day out. It’s been Britain’s most popular seaside resort since the Victorian era, and Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find that the seaside town has its very own sub-culture that’s waiting to inspire you, with the world famous spectacular Blackpool Illuminations light show and more. You should then also experience the thrill and excitement of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a premier amusement park that offers a diverse range of attractions for people of all ages. To get the most out of your visit, consult the detailed guide at, which contains all the essential information you’ll need for an exceptional day.

5. Whitby

Just up the road from Scarborough, Whitby takes fifth place. With its sandy beaches and rich gothic history such as the ruins of the medieval Whitby Abbey and the beaches being the spot where Bram Stoker wrote chapters of Dracula (it even features in the novel), it’s a must visit seaside town for anyone in the UK. 

6. Newquay

On the south-west coast of Cornwall known for its great weather (for the UK’s standard) and gorgeous sandy beaches, Newquay is one of the most exotic beaches around in this country. The beaches are renowned for their cleanliness and the waves being filled with surfers. 

7. Hastings

Hastings, hold the battle, is another beautiful seaside town on the south coast. Set between hills that reach to the sea, Hastings is an oyster that comes with its own grit, where the smooth bustle of modern life rubs along with the rough edges of tradition. Look up and you’ll see the ruins of the castle watching over the town, as they have in one guise or another for nearly 1,000 years.

8. Margate

On the south-east coast of Kent, Margate is known for its sandy beach. Near the Harbour Arm stone pier, the modern Turner Contemporary art gallery has rotating exhibitions. Dreamland Margate is an amusement park with vintage rides and millions of seashells decorate the Shell Grotto’s underground passages.

9. Southend

Boasting seven miles of sandy beaches including three blue flag beaches and seven quality coast awards, much of Southend-on-Sea is centred on the sands and seafront. There is a modern lift that links the main street in the town with the seafront and new pier, along with the older Southend Cliff Railway further down the promenade.

10. St.Ives

St. Ives – the dazzling jewel in Cornwall’s crown. A picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town. Wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and fisherman’s cottages in the heart of St. Ives. Surf at the blue flag-rated Porthmeor beach and feel the soft sand between your toes, or set off on an inspiring walk along the coastal path towards Land’s End.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.