The best beaches within a two and a half hour drive of Nottingham

Skegness, Cleethorpes and Formby Beach all make our list!
Donkey rides on Skegness BeachDonkey rides on Skegness Beach
Donkey rides on Skegness Beach

While Nottingham might be nestled in the heart of the Midlands, beach lovers need not despair. Despite being landlocked, the region boasts easy access to some stunning coastal escapes within a comfortable two-hour drive.

Whether you're seeking golden sands for sunbathing (when the weather improves), rugged coastlines for exploration, or quaint seaside towns for a day trip, there's something for everyone.

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So pack your sunscreen, grab your bucket and spade, and set off to explore the coastal gems waiting to be discovered just a stone's throw away (sort of) from the Midlands.

Here's our guide to the best beaches within a two-hour drive of Nottingham.

The best beaches 'near' Nottingham

1. Skegness Beach, Lincolnshire (Approx. 2 hours)

Skegness clock tower is a familiar sight for people seeking a trip to the sea from Nottingham Skegness clock tower is a familiar sight for people seeking a trip to the sea from Nottingham
Skegness clock tower is a familiar sight for people seeking a trip to the sea from Nottingham

Skegness is a beloved seaside destination known for its wide, sandy beaches and traditional British charm.

Perfect for families, this Blue Flag beach offers clean waters for paddling, donkey rides along the shore, and amusement arcades along the promenade.

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Nature enthusiasts can explore Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, just a short drive away, for birdwatching and coastal walks.

2. Mablethorpe Beach, Lincolnshire (Approx. 2 hours)

Dunes footpath to the beach and the sea at MablethorpeDunes footpath to the beach and the sea at Mablethorpe
Dunes footpath to the beach and the sea at Mablethorpe

Continuing along the Lincolnshire coast, Mablethorpe Beach offers a quieter alternative to Skegness.

Its expansive stretch of sand provides ample space for beach games, kite flying, and leisurely strolls.

Don't miss the iconic sand dunes, perfect for picnics and sheltered sunbathing spots. With its traditional seaside charm, Mablethorpe promises a relaxing day by the sea.

3. Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire (Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes)

You can walk for miles along Cleethorpes Beach in Lincolnshire You can walk for miles along Cleethorpes Beach in Lincolnshire
You can walk for miles along Cleethorpes Beach in Lincolnshire
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Nestled on the estuary of the Humber River, Cleethorpes Beach combines traditional seaside attractions with natural beauty. From its picturesque pier to the bustling promenade, there's plenty to see and do.

Take a stroll along the coast, indulge in fish and chips, or enjoy traditional seaside entertainment. Cleethorpes offers a vibrant coastal experience within easy reach of Nottingham.

4. Formby Beach, Merseyside (Approx. 2 hours 25 minutes)

Formby Beach is well worth a visit Formby Beach is well worth a visit
Formby Beach is well worth a visit

Venturing a bit further afield, Formby Beach offers a change of scenery with its stunning sand dunes and pine woodlands.

Part of the National Trust, this unspoiled stretch of coastline is perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

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Explore the network of footpaths through the dunes, spot red squirrels in the pine forest, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

5. Southport Beach, Merseyside (Approx. 2 hours 32 minutes)

Southport Pier as the sun goes down Southport Pier as the sun goes down
Southport Pier as the sun goes down

Southport Beach combines classic seaside charm with elegant Victorian architecture. With its long, sandy shoreline and panoramic views across the Irish Sea, it's a popular destination for families and day-trippers alike.

Meander along the historic pier, explore the vibrant town centre or try your hand at watersports on the Marine Lake. Southport offers a delightful blend of coastal relaxation and urban excitement.