Our 5 Closest Beaches

beaches near nottingham

Nottingham may be in the centre of the country but there are a number of coastal hotspots you can easily get to in less than two and a half hours.

We have picked out five of the best beaches that you can easily drive to so you can make the most of the heatwave.


Mablethorpe: 1 hour 51 minutes

This award-winning beach is situated on the north of Lincolnshire’s coastline. It’s the closest beach to Nottingham, albeit by only a few minutes, and the area is a traditional seaside resort. Kids can enjoy donkey rides, a fairground and there is even a seal sanctuary, which costs £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Skegness: 1 hour 54 minutes

Skegness has long been a favourite place to visit for families in the county looking for a day out. There are many crazy golf attractions dotted nearby, plenty of fish ‘n’ chip shops and the Fairy Dell paddling pool. The sea may not be crystal blue but the golden sand is the perfect place to grab a deckchair while the kids build a sandcastle. There is also Natureland, an animal sanctuary which is the saviour of orphaned seal pups.


Hunstanton: 2 hours 6 minutes

Fancy a bit of sun? This Norfolk seaside resort is your best chance. It is blessed with west-facing beaches, which have been recognised for their cleanliness and safety standards, and is lined with an attractive Victorian promenade. For families there are plenty of places to play a game of crazy golf and there lots of rock pools to be explored.


Whitby: 2 hours 25 minutes

The North Yorkshire town has a picturesque harbour and a collection of quaint little streets and lanes. The resort is filled with old-fashioned fish ‘n’ chip shops and the beach has been awarded a Blue Flag certification. And if you fancy a walk, you can go up the famous 199 steps to reach St Marcy’s Church, which has links to the gothic novel Dracula, and Whitby Abbey.


Blackpool: 2 hours 33 minutes

Families have been drawn to the famous seafront for years. Boasting seven miles of sand, the beach is home to three large piers, the 500ft tall Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach – which has the white-knuckle ride the Big Dipper. Old-fashioned trams run along the strip and, if you can handle the breeze, Blackpool Illuminations light up the town at the end of every summer.


Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – Original Story


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