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Staycation on the south coast with these top UK destinations

More than ever, we are all longing for a holiday right now. No matter if you managed to get away in the summer months, you are probably still dreaming of sunny shores and tropical climates. With even more restrictions being placed on travelling abroad, going on holiday is unlikely in the foreseeable future. 

For those of you who are anxious to get away, the UK’s south coast could be the perfect place for an idyllic staycation. With white cliffs, pumping piers and unexpected beaches spending a few nights on the British coastline might be just what you need. 

Staycations provide an opportunity to experience our own country in new and wonderful ways. In recent years, staycation holidays have boomed. With national parks and protected coastlines becoming ever popular with domestic tourists. 

Whether you are hoping to hike your way across miles of stunning cliff tops or discover British history at historic landmarks, the south coast has everything you need for a great holiday. 

We have picked three of our favourite destinations to have a sensational staycation.

Eastbourne

Eastbourne is full of attractions from theme parks, museums, and castles. Visit medieval Pevensey Castle or Herstmonceux Castle that dates to the 15th century. Take a stroll along the promenade and stop to take photos of the beautiful seafront. You can paddle in the sea or participate in water sports such as paddle boarding and canoeing at the beach too. 

Alternatively, head out of town and explore the South Downs National Park. With many trails, it’s a stunning location for a hike or a picnic. If you are feeling especially adventurous, why not brace an often-windy walk along the white cliffs at Beachy Head nearby.

Hastings

Discover the legendary location of the Battle of Hastings, with a visit to Battle Abbey and swing by Hastings Castle for more history. If you’re travelling from Eastbourne, you will find the train to Hastings is frequent and reliable.

If you are in need of some retail therapy, Hastings’ high street is filled with wonderful antique shops and boutiques.

Brighton

Travel a little further along the coast to visit Brighton. Full of entertaining and cultural activities, including the iconic Royal Pavillion and gardens, bustling Brighton has something for every visitor.

You can find hundreds of unique shops in The Lanes or explore the aquariums at the SeaLife centre. If you’re looking for more of a thrill, head for Brighton Marina and rent a jet ski or boat and spend a day at sea.