the great British outdoors


Coastal cottages

Explore beaches, coastlines and shores you've only dreamed of

The sound of crashing waves, the feeling of the breeze in your hair and the taste of salt in the air; nowhere invigorates the body, calms the mind and soothes the soul quite like the sea. Despite being a small island, we are blessed with over 11,000 miles of coastline to explore. A mirrored lake one day and a wild and dramatic tempest the next, no day by the sea is ever the same; the Great British coast has a magnetic charm that draws us all back, year after year.

DISCOVER New shores

You don't need a passport to satisfy your craving for a coastal holiday; within its meandering shores, our beautiful nation is brimming with secluded coves, pretty beaches and off-the-beaten-track destinations all waiting to be explored. Find your new favourite place to be beside the sea.

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Great British Guidebooks

The Great British coastline: a giant adventure playground inviting you to indulge your inner child, refresh your mind and body, and try something new. From taking rejuvenating coastal walks along towering cliffs to harnessing the raw power of the waves on a surfboard, feel inspired with our series of guides.

Life's a beach

There's nothing better than being beside the seaside. Whether you want to comb the sands or dive beneath the waves, dip into our guides and discover how to have fun both in and on the water.