Opt for a budget friendly staycation this summer and explore some of the UK’s top coastal towns. Here’s our pick of five beachside B&Bs that won’t cost the earth. Now all we need is some sun!
Newquay: Godolphin Arms Hotel
Doubles from £25 pppn
Newquay is buzzing throughout the summer months. Regularly named one of the UK’s top seaside towns, it has a taste of everything you could want from a beach getaway – great bars and restaurants, beautiful beaches and amazing surf culture. If the sun makes an appearance, you could easily be somewhere more exotic!
For a budget break, stay at the Godolphin Arms B&B in Newquay, which is close to both the beach and the town centre for some fun nights out. It also has a bar on site with a pool table where you can spend the afternoon, and a terraced garden perfect for chilling in with a book. Double or Twin rooms start from £25 per person and groups are welcome, so gather some uni friends together for a summer getaway.
Scarborough: The Ramleh
Doubles from £22.50 pppn
Scarborough is one of the original UK summer hotspots and with good reason. There are four fab beaches in the area, including the busy South Bay and the blue flag North Bay. Students in search of sea and sand (sun cannot be guaranteed in Britain, unfortunately) should opt for a few nights at The Ramleh Guest House in Sacrborough, a B&B with stunning sea views situated in the North Bay area.
If you’re in town to party, beachside bars such as Blue Crush fill up as the sun starts to set. Or bag some tickets to the open-air theatre – this summer’s line-up includes Dionne Warwick and JLS. For those watching their wallets or in need of a chill, the guest lounge at The Ramleh has a DVD player and a selection of DVDs to keep you entertained.
Whitby: Chiltern Guest House
Doubles from £33 pppn
Another gem along the North Yorkshire coastline is the picturesque town of Whitby. Chill out on one of the three award winning beaches in the immediate area, or be adventurous and take a roadtrip along the dramatic coastline to hunt for fossils. The town itself is also very charming, with cobblestone streets and frequent festivals attracting the crowds throughout the summer.
Check into the friendly Chiltern Guest House on Whitby West Cliff , just 300 yards away from the beach. There’s free Wi-Fi in the rooms, which start at just £28 per person for a triple en-suite. This is a great option for a budget beachside break – and with an amazing breakfast also included in the price!
Blackpool: Chorlton Hotel
Doubles from £22 pppn
There’s something a bit old school and kitsch about a summer break in Blackpool, which is partly the thing that makes it so great. Embrace the retro seaside charm of the town that is known just as much for the amusements of the Pleasure Beach, the sparkling Illuminations and sticks of rock as it is for its miles of lovely sandy beach.
Head to the friendly Chorlton B&B in Blackpool , just two minutes away from the beach, where you will find decent rooms at student-friendly prices. The hotel has a bar and lounge area for pre-dinner drinks, and is close to the top local night spots like Syndicate. Blackpool is a renowned party town, and is a popular base for stag and hen dos, so this is definitely more of a heavy weekend away option. A delicious full English back at the Chorlton will heal those delicate heads in the morning.
Llandudno: The Sunnyside Hotel
Doubles from £28 pppn
Explore the pretty Welsh town of Llandudno this summer. Spend time chilling on the North and West Shore beaches and stay at The Sunnyside Hotel in the historic town centre of Llandudno. The North Shore beach is just yards away, as are the restaurants, bars and cafes of the town centre. The Sunnyside also has a bar if you fancy a cheeky drink and a great lounge area, perfect for squeezing in some relaxation. Or grab your books, pack a picnic and find a comfy spot to study amongst the sand dunes of the West Shore beach. Triple en-suite rooms start at just £29 per person for the night, so grab a few friends and head for Wales!
Anita Doherty is an aspiring writer and traveller hailing from Ireland. She is part of the travelling team at Enjoybedandbreakfast.com, a travel website for accommodation with personality in the UK. The website offers a growing selection of affordable B&Bs, charming inns, small boutique hotels and cheap guest houses.