Somerset is bordered by a breathtaking coastline that boasts some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. From pebbly treasure-troves to sandy expanses, if you’re considering a short break in Somerset, then visiting some of the nearby beaches is a must. In this blog, we uncover five of the best and most beautiful beaches to visit on your Somerset staycation.

1. Bossington Beach

Owned by the National Trust, Bossington beach is a large pebbly expanse that stretches for miles. Backed by the hills of the Exmoor Coast, farmland and unique marshland, Bossington beach is an all-year-round dog-friendly beach and an ideal destination when enjoying a family holiday in Somerset. See if you can spot the historical traces of human history including WW2 pillboxes and lime kilns, and don’t forget to look down! The strong currents on this beach organise the pebbles according to size. Read more things to do on a family holiday in Somerset.

2. Porlock Weir Beach

Another pebbly beach; Porlock Weir beach and harbour is located in the small settlement of Porlock Weir. Flanked by thatched houses that look over a picturesque setting, this long and pretty pebble beach is a popular walking and sunbathing destination for all on a short break in Somerset. While visiting, why not explore Porlock Weir’s cafes, restaurants, shops and manor house museum that exhibits the history of the quaint village. Find out more ways to spend a short break in Somerset.

3. Blue Anchor Bay

A top-choice for sun-seekers, Blue Anchor beach is an impressive sandy beach perfect for anyone on a family holiday in Somerset. Its flat shoreline is ideal for a day building sandcastles and topping up the tan, and the sea is fantastic for swimming and playing in. Blue Anchor Bay is also great for fossil hunting with alabaster rocks sprinkled across its shore, keeping kids (and adults!) amused for hours. Our 3 bed holiday cottages in Somerset are ideal for large families and friends and are located within easy distance of Blue Anchor Bay.

4. Berrow Beach

Berrow beach is a six-mile stretch of sand and mudflats next to a magnificent dune nature reserve. Care should be taken while visiting Berrow beach and the wet mudflats should be avoided, but the spot is tranquil and well-worth visiting. Frequently used by walkers, horse riders, fishermen and beach sports enthusiasts, Berrow beach is only a 40-minute drive from our holiday cottages in Somerset. And, when the tide is out, the wreck of a Norwegian Barque, the MV Nornen, which ran aground in 1897 is visible! See more unmissable places to visit in Somerset.

5. Kilve Beach

Unlike Blue Anchor Bay, Kilve Beach isn’t somewhere where you can go for a swim or get an ice cream, but it’s still an excellent place to visit! Kilve Beach is a treasure-trove of amazing geology, captivating rock pools and a mass of fossils waiting to be discovered. After a morning spent beachcombing, the large grassy area situated behind Kilve Beach is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a family picnic. Another dog and family-friendly beach that simply has to be explored on your staycation in Somerset!

Like Berrow beach, Kilve Beach is within a 40-minute drive of our Somerset holiday cottages and will not disappoint. Read our 15 ideas for an unforgettable family staycation in Somerset.

Whether you’re planning to visit all five beaches or just one or two, we offer a variety of self-catering holiday cottages that give you the freedom and flexibility to do as you please on your Somerset staycation. Get in touch with us today by emailing our team at Or give us a call on 01278 661 584 to book your holiday getaway.

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