UK seaside attractions: readers’ travel tips

Prevailing tip: British Lawnmower Museum, Being Mad Sout$hport

Like loads of different seaside cities, Southport has a pier, ice-creams, a funfair … but what different cities don’t have is the British Lawnmower Museum. Accessed thru a gardening save, for just £2 admission you could revel in a crackling audio remark of lawnmower records even as taking inside the prize famous of which the “rich and well-known” phase consists of Nicholas Parsons’ secateurs, a trip-on lawnmower donated to Charles and Di and, maximum bizarrely, a push mower owned with the aid of Britain’s closing hangman, which itself is hung from the ceiling via a rope!

Rory Jones

Crosby shore, Merseyside
Crosby seashore
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When I used to be a kid, the merest whiff of sunshine was enough to drive half the populace of Bootle to South Road shore, a brief bus ride away. You wouldn’t discover a more idyllic picture of youth outdoor of HE Bates. Today human beings understand this stretch of shoreline nice as the website online of Antony Gormley’s Any other Area. However, outstanding as that set up is, there are masses of different motives to go to. It’s additionally the site of the implementing and charming Seaforth Dock and its windmills, distinctly dramatic against the metal gray sea and sky. We pass there to walk alongside the coast from Seaforth Marina, beyond Gormley’s sculptures to Freshfield pinewood and its native crimson squirrels, pretty much nonetheless hanging on there. And you may nevertheless purchase ice-lotions or buckets and spades from the stores at the bottom of South Avenue, Waterloo. They even sell sun cream in recent times.




Scarborough Bay lemon tops
Pacitto‘s, Scarborough
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Pacitto’s lemon top ice-creams are a have to. I had my first over 50 years ago however you in no way overlook your first lemon top. It’s a form of sorbet. Don’t be fooled by way of lessor imitations on Scarborough’s seafront. Pacitto’s are the enterprise. Piped on top of an ice-cream cone the lemon is luminously yellow, tangy however candy and the maximum delicious issue whether you’re 5 or 55. Simply the concept of that sunny loveliness makes me experience like a kid once more Give Us Life.



Macduff Marine Aquarium, Aberdeenshire
Macduff Aquarium, Aberdeenshire
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As beach points of interest go, this is like one of these pebbles that aren’t plenty to examine till the ocean washes over them, after they were mild up like gemstones. This as an alternative dreary-looking constructing consists of a glowing assemblage of all existence aquatic. From the huge (the crucial tank, open to the factors, ushers light down into the depths to reveal sturgeon and stingrays, cod and herring) – to the tiny (insert your head right into a rockpool via an inverted goldfish bowl and wonder on the tiny beauties living in the salt) – that is a quiet marvel which opens the attention to existence beneath the neighborhood waves.
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Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire
Caldey Island Monastery
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The island is a 20-minute boat experience from beautiful Tenby and has a monastery wherein traffic can meet friendly Cistercian clergymen and deal with themselves to a number of their hand-made chocolate or the fragrance they invent from nearby wildflowers. Here, you could soak up the records and tranquillity of the monastic homes and Norman priory; you can stroll through sun-dappled woods to the lighthouse with its wonderful perspectives of the Pembrokeshire coast and Preseli hills. You can paddle inside the crystal-clean sea off deserted Priory beach. The Vicinity is without a doubt worth a normal pilgrimage.

Talacre, Flintshire
Talacre, Flintshire
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Right here there is a clean, sandy seaside and miles of sand dunes to discover. Its vintage lighthouse (well-known in a component way to a Dulux paint ad) feels mysterious, and you may’t assist but sense that it casts a watchful eye on all passers-by. There’s a small arcade, at the side of a pub and some shops, but from what I noticed, the main motive to visit is virtually to enjoy that sea air, stretch those legs and, of route, build a sandcastle or two.

Seaham Marina, County Durham

Seaham‘s statue of a conflict-weary first global warfare soldier Tommy
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A former mining network, Seaham Marina and the close by promenade region are experiencing a fashionable regeneration. It’s popular with cyclists, strollers, and serious walkers, and there are now several bistros from which to experience the lovely shoreline view. There’s also a small background center wherein traffic can learn about this jewel’s treasured history. At the prom, the seated sculpture Tommy, a weary first world war soldier, created by way of Ray Lonsdale, poignantly displays the sheer resilience of this hard-operating network now relishing in its fortune at being located at one of the maximum stunning harbors within the north-east.

Davenport’s Magic Nation
Davenport’s Magic Country, North Walsham
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Norfolk has a plethora of seaside attractions, but a perhaps lesser-recognised one (absolutely unknown to me, 30 years a Norfolk gal, till lately) is simply five miles from the wonderful seaside at Mundesley. A particularly underwhelming warehouseat North Walsham’s outskirtsm hides Davenport’s Magic Nation, an exceptional museum approximately the records of magic that is completely beguiling. Extremely good for children and adults, you may see a magic show in the cause-built small theatre, take a guided excursion of the famous and visit a magic save from the Nineteen Twenties, as well as education your magic abilties and puzzle-solving. The magicians had been superb with our younger kids, retaining them enthralled for a good few hours. An all of sudden amusing and academic afternoon – and in one of the most conventional seaside customs, there was even a Punch and Judy overall performance.
• Grownup £12.ninety five, child £9.50, davenportsmagickingdom.

Swanage Steam Railway
united kingdom, England, Dorset, Corfe Fortress and station On the Swanage Railway
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Every time we’re in Swanage we experience the steam train. The station is a stone’s throw from the seaside and the historic trains run often. With young kids in tow (for whom the sight of the imminent engine plus the getting-on-and-off is some distance more thrilling than the real adventure), don’t forget the 4-minute experience to the primary prevention, Herston Halt. Disembark for a few minutes of excited anticipation earlier than the return engine puffs into view, and you can do all of it in the opposite. There’s a grassy picnic vicinity for keen steamies one hundred meters at the back of the station where you forget about the engines as they’re tinkered with and refueled On the sidings. Trains hold on to old-fashioned Corfe Fortress village, 20 mins away, if you need more than 4 minutes on board. Underneath fives move unfastened, and it’s a small fee (Below £three) for a return price ticket to Herston Halt for older youngsters and adults.
Swanage railway.
Martha H

The Purbeck Breezer open-top bus, Dorset
A Purbeck Breezer open top bus
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one of the maximum interesting sports to be had for traffic to Bournemouth and Poole is an experience On the wide variety 50 buses. The open-top Purbeck Breezer takes a leafy direction out of suburban Bournemouth and along the Poole harbor banks earlier than (that is the exceptional element) boarding the Sandbanks chain ferry and taking to the waves. Make the most of the bus/ferry novelty because the crossing simplest takes around five mins. Leap off at Shell Bay, immediately after leaving the ferry, for cute white sand and wild dunes, or keep to Studland for a seaview pint at the Bankes Fingers. Then start getting excited about the go back trip At the quantity 50.
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Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight
Shanklin Chine seashore
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Imagine a vertical park with bridges and benches, and a bit circulate that trickles right down to the sea along you. At the Isle of Wight you could step out of the vacationer tat of Shanklin into the leafy, mossy, tree-shaded oasis this is Shanklin Chine. A chine cuts a steep gash thru the cliff and this one goes all the way from the antique Village to the Fisherman’s Cottage At the beach. It’s a satisfaction to stroll thru in any climate and on summer nights it’s lit up. There’s a tea room, gift shop and historical past centre but the real amusing is simply being within the chine and watching out for red squirrels as you make your manner all the way down to the seashore.
• Adult from £4.30, infant £2.30, shanklinchine.
Shelley McAllister

Sheringham, Norfolk
the principle avenue at the annual Lobster Potty pageant in Sheringham, Norfolk
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the main street on the annual Lobster Potty competition in Sheringham, Norfolk Image: Alamy
Sheringham is an all-round goodie of a seashore resort. While we took our son final year, I couldn’t consider my dad and mom had in no way taken me Right here as an infant, no matter holidaying throughout among the higher recognised coastal cities inside the area. Sheringham keeps a real allure, with fantastic ice-cream shops (instead of a foodie), unbiased boutique shops, and a liberal sprinkling of exact eateries. There may be both a sandy a part of the seashore and a pebbly element, to which you may retreat When the tide is available in (which it does so speedy!). The beach is easy, no longer either busy, and had many larger rocks, which provided notable mountaineering grounds for my little boy. There’salso a stations serviced via the North Norfolk Railway, which offers a terrific afternoon out and occasions at some stage in faculty vacations.
Lauren Kisby

Barricane beach, North Devon

Barricane seaside
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Close by, Woolacombe has been voted the UK’s exceptional beach for two years in a row, however the actual gem is hidden further down the street. Barricane seashore is a stunning cove just off the esplanade. Facing west, you get a lovely view of the sunset. It’s incredible to look at the sun pass down On the beach with a bottle of wine and a fantastic plate of curry from the Barricane beach cafe, a bit hut at the top of the seaside that serves homemade Sri Lankan curry Thursday to Saturday evenings at some stage in summer.