Yorkshire Beaches

Best Beaches in Yorkshire

Where are the best beaches in Yorkshire? We consulted with thebeachguide.co.uk to find out the top 5 beaches in Yorkshire. From enjoying breath-taking views of unspoilt coastline to exploring vibrant towns and villages with character, a visit to the Yorkshire Coast is full of surprises.

  1. Filey Beach – The traditional seaside resort of Filey is much less commercial than some of its neighbours. Making this an ideal location for families or anyone looking for a fine stretch of sand for walks, playing or simply relaxing by the sea.


  1. Scarborough Beach (South Bay) – Scarborough is without a doubt one the UK’s most popular resorts. Its not hard to see why, what ever your idea of a good day out is, you’re going to find it in Scarborough. Backed by cafes, ice-cream parlours, shops and amusements Scarborough provides what you would expect from a traditional seaside resort.

Seaside Heritage

  1. Saltburn – A seaside resort with rich heritage dating back to the Victorian heyday. In addition to the pier is Saltburn’s cliff tramway. Built to allow delicate Victorian ladies to descend the cliff to their awaiting bathing machines below. The lift is still in operation today. A sand and shingle affair Saltburn beach is home to one of the best surf spots along the North Sea. Facing directly North it picks up more swell than neighbouring spots.


  1. Whitby Beach – With two beaches either side of the River Esk, Whitby clearly has something for everyone. The smaller Tate Hill on the East Side is a sheltered sandy beach that allows dogs all year round. On the other side of West Pier is West Cliff. West Cliff is a typical ‘bucket & spade’ location, stretching for two miles. The beach is flat making it ideal for families to enjoy a day building sandcastle. With donkey rides, beach huts and windbreaks West Cliff is the ideal fun resort.


  1. Robin Hood’s Bay – A haven for photographers, the bay is famed for its powerful, natural beauty. With craggy cliffs and sweeping views around the bay, this is a popular destination for day visitors and dog walkers alike. Located on the Dinosaur Coast, at low tide the cliffs and rock pools are popular with fossil hunters.

Barmston & Tunstall Beach

Alternatively head to Barmston and Tunstall beaches for a more remote quieter experience. Just 2km from Bridlington you will find this long sandy beach. Its remote location means it is often frequented by families holidaying on the neighbouring caravan park. Barmston was awarded a Blue Flag but has since had this removed due to the coastal erosion making access difficult. Further down the coast is Tunstall Beach. Tunstall is a shingle and pebble beach backed by low cliffs, located in front of Sand Le Mere Holiday Park this beach is ideal for families to explore. During low tide you may be able to see the remains of an ancient submerged forest.

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Best Beaches In Yorkshire

Dog friendly beaches Yorkshire

Dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire are plentiful. As a nation of dog lovers, we are always on the lookout for beaches suitable for both us and our furry friends. What makes a good dog friendly beach? For us at 2cHolidays its long stretches of sand, rockpools to splash in and importantly a dog friendly café to grab a warm drink in. With over 500 properties many of which are pet friendly we have the paw-fect stay for you and your doggo.

Yorkshire is one of the most dog friendly counties in the UK. The county even has its own breed of dog, the Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkie was developed during the 19th Century in Yorkshire by cotton mill workers. A holiday in Yorkshire is perfect for the whole family including the dog with many beaches offering access to dogs all year round. We at 2cHolidays have handpicked our choice of dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire for you to explore and discover.

Top Beach Choices

Hunmanby Gap – Just 4 miles form Filey is Hunmanby. The beach is ideal for a run around with vast golden sands when the tides out. This beach is so clean with no sign of oil or seaweed so you can rest assured that your four-legged friend will only bring home sand on those paws. Importantly there are no restrictions for dogs all year round. The nearby Beach Café is the ideal place to grab a slice of cake, coffee and dog treat and reflect on the day.

Fraisthorpe Beach – Part of Bridlington Bay this beach offers miles of sand suited to dogs and horses alike. Let your pooch run off some steam whilst you enjoy the sunshine. Need warming up after a brisk walk head to the Cowshed Café. The Cowshed is the ideally place for a warm drink, it is so dog friendly even offering doggy lollies.

Surfs Up

Cayton Beach – With its large sandy beach Cayton has a natural feel with dramatic scenery and ww2 pill boxes hidden in the sand.  In addition to being dog friendly all year round Cayton is popular with surfers. Facing north the resort benefits from swells creating large waves suitable for surfing and body boarding. The surf shop is the place to head to hire boards and grab a coffee.

Flamborough North Landing – Unquestionably this beach is the perfect place to head to for a bit of bird spotting. Its small but beautiful, backed by white chalk cliffs. A walk along the pebble beach may allow you to spot Puffins on the cliffs above. It should be noted there is a ramp for access to the beach making it open to all. For delicious fish and chips head to ‘The Headlands’, and enjoy supper. The Headlands is dog friendly inside and out.

Undoubtedly Yorkshire makes for a perfect break away for you and your dog. All these year round dog friendly beaches mean you can run, play and splash as much as you want.


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North Yorkshire Beaches

North Yorkshire beaches offer a wildlife wonderland. The seas along this dramatic coast are not just beautiful but also internationally important habitats. Although normally found around the Isle of Mull and County Cork Minke whales are now being spotted in the seas around North Yorkshire. Measuring on average up to 23ft and weighing in at a whopping 9.8 tonnes, the Minke whale must be one of the largest creatures to grace our seas. In addition to the whales, you can often spot the smallest raptor in the UK, the Merlin.

Yorkshire Moors

With a wingspan of 53-58cms the Merlin is undoubtedly one of the UK’s smallest birds of prey. Once known as the Pigeon Hawk it has been well regarded as a falconry bird for centuries. Making their summer home on the Yorkshire Moors where they nest amongst the heather. During the winter the Merlin can be found on rocky outcrops by the coast where it is able to hunt small birds. A threatened species – there are only around 1’300 pairs of merlin in UK. 40 of these live in the North York Moors.

Sea Fishing

The North Sea just off the Yorkshire coast is said to be Europe’s richest fishing area. Absolutely the abundance of fish off the coast here is why whale and dolphin are attracted to the area. Take a boat from Whitby or Staithes to watch the whales as they rise to the surface for air before descending back down into the depths. On route you may be lucky enough to spot White-Beaked and Bottlenose dolphins and porpoise. It is the migrating herring coming to the coast to spawn which attracts this varied amount of sea life. Peak viewing time is June to October, book your holiday now for summer.

In addition to taking a boat from Whitby you can hire a kayak and explore the rugged coastline yourself. The joy of kayaking is you can get much closer to the wildlife which makes for some great memories. Budding photographer? Yorkshire Coast Nature offer many different photography workshops. Over 250,000 birds flock to these seas each year so you will no doubt capture some stunning imagery.

Wildlife Attractions

Explore more tropical seas at Sea Life Centre Scarborough. Over 7 zones await with adventure just around the corner. Holding over 156’000 litres of natural seawater the Ocean Tunnel is home to an array of different colourful species of fish as well as our Black-tip Sharks. 2020 saw the opening of The Rainforest Adventure. Join Ranger Andy and discover Dart Frogs, Monkey Tailed Skinks and Green Tree Pythons. Outside you will find Otter River, this is home to Harris the Asian Short-Clawed Otter. You will also find Pendle, Ed, Boo and Mando the resident common seals. Sea Life Scarborough is Yorkshires only Seal Hospital. As well as the four resident seals the centre is often home to injured seals found on the beaches.

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Best Yorkshire Beaches

The best Yorkshire beaches have been well discussed, there is more to East Yorkshire than beautiful beaches. 2cHolidays has properties at three family themed parks. Skipsea Sands, Barmston Beach and Sand Le Mere all offer the perfect family holiday. These three parks all benefit from having direct beach access making it perfect for a day on the beach. Each has its own entertainment facilities to keep you busy during your stay. Book today with a low deposit of just £25.

All these parks are within driving distance of Kingston upon Hull. Usually abbreviated to Hull this former UK City of Culture is a short drive across the mighty Humber Bridge. This coastal town has an interesting history, literary heritage, thriving music scene and many quirky independent shops. Hull is home to many eccentric pubs and locally rooted art installations.

Visit Hull

Absolutely worth a visit is Hull old town. Having survived the bombing raids of WW2, Hull Old Town is a eclectic mix of Stuart & Georgian architecture. All linked by winding cobbled streets you will find quaint quaysides, independent shops and character pubs all with their own Hull history. A hidden treasure where you will also find Hull’s collection of free museums including Streetlife Museum of Transport, where all the family can climb aboard a tram or take a carriage ride into the past.

Visit Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology where you will find a life-size woolly mammoth. Hull Minster is in the old town, by floor area the Minster is the largest parish church in England. Formally called Holy Trinity Church until it was rededicated in 2017 by Archbishop John Sentamu.

Civil War History

The Lion & Key started as a public house in 1812, when the Britannia Coffee House stood on the site. Shortly after it was renamed The Lion & key to commemorate Wellington’s capture of Ciudad Rodrigo in the Peninsular War. The building was turned into offices until the 1980s when it was given a new lease of life under the name Durty Nellys. Nelly’s was an Irish theme pub with a live band playing regularly. The pub was restored back to its original namesake The Lion & Key in the early 2000s.

Another notable pub is Ye Olde White Heart, with its stained glass, dark oak panels, beams and inglenook fireplaces this is the perfect place to cosy down with a pint. History oozes from this wood-clad wonder of a space. It is said that in 1642 it was the secret talks held in the ‘plotting room’ which triggered the English Civil War.

Furthermore, Charles I was famously refused entry to the city of Hull in 1642 by Sir John Hotham igniting further tensions sparking the Civil War. Charlies I was refused entry at the Beverly Gate in Hull’s Old Town. The remains of the site are still here today and worth a visit.

Explore The Deep

Unquestionably one of Hulls top attractions is ‘The Deep’. A visit to this award-winning aquarium will take you on a journey through pre-historic seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future. This iconic building designed by Sir Terry Farrell opened in 2022 and has welcomed over 8 million visitors to date.

Aquaria exhibits are a combination of hands-on interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and living exhibits. Find yourself surrounded by tropical fish, sting rays, sharks, Loggerhead turtles and more. In addition to the glass tunnel walkway we come to expect from aquariums you can take a ride on the glass elevator through the 10 metre endless ocean tank.