Seaside sojourns may conjure up memories of soggy fish and chips, teeth-breaking sticks of rock and 2p slot machines, but a coastal break doesn’t have to be peppered with junk food and fluorescent lights.
As the evenings get lighter (and temperatures hopefully increase), spring is an ideal time for a break to the great British seaside. Plus, there are some fantastic deals to be had.
If you’re close to East Anglia, Suffolk has some of the UK’s most scenic coastline stretching for 45 miles. Visit the award-winning pier of Southwold, the golden sands of Lowestoft or sip a pint of Adnams at the home of the brewery in Aldeburgh. This 2-night Suffolk seaside escape from The Ship in Dunwich is now half price at £149 per room.
Devon is becoming a bit of a foodie haven with a crop of award-winning eateries challenging the local fish-and-chip fare. Snap up a gourmet break at the Arundell Arms Hotel -- including a 5-course tasting-menu dinner at the 2-AA-Rosette restaurant mentioned in The Good Food Guide -- for £129 for two.
Sample some sea air while grabbing a bargain in the popular tourist spot of Torquay. A 4-star stay on the "English Riviera" complete with 3-course dinner and wine is now just £99. With its Victorian grandeur and "stunning" location (according to The AA Hotel Guide), The Imperial Hotel proves there’s more to Torquay than "Fawlty Towers".
Brighton is fast becoming a go-to destination for smog-weary Londoners. Saunter along Brighton Pier before retiring to The Old Ship Hotel for an overnight stay, a 3-course dinner and a complimentary bottle of wine -- all for just £99 per room.
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