Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield

Looking for a beach close to Sheffield? Here’s Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield from busy seaside resorts to quiet, unspoilt beaches in North Yorkshire. All of them you can get to by public transport and they’re all under 3 hours away by train. Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield

I used to be all about the countryside, and though I still very much am… I’m going more and more to love the seaside. It’s no secret we love a seaside break; Haven is our go-to and just this year we’ve been to Filey and Cleethorpes. In May, we went to Blackpool for the first time. Can you tell how much we’re starting to love the seaside?! I think with Eric’s age… the beach is just such an easy and free thing to do. Here’s a list of my favourite top 4 beaches near Sheffield.

Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield


1hr 45 by train

Cleethorpes is my favourite closest beach to sheffield. Either for a day trip, but for a longer stay we like Thorpe Park Haven.

Cleethorpes is a small seaside town wth arcades, shops and busy seafront. The reason why I like cleethorpes so much is because it’s easy to get to from sheffield and the train station is right on the beach. But mostly because of the nature reserve and beach close to Haven Thorpe Park.

A public footpath, bus or short drive for 1 and a half miles along the beach and nature reserve from Cleethorpes will take you all the way to the beach at Haven. It is a public beach and has a free car park. Cleethorpes Light Railway stops close by, there is disabled ramp access, an ice cream van and (good) coffee kart. No arcades, not very busy and the sea is always close. Our most recent visit was in July 2018 and the sea was incredibly warm! 🙂

At the “main beach” in Cleethorpes is where you’ll find all the arcades, lollipop land train, pier with fish & chips and train station. There’s a few funfair rides on the beach opposite the station.

Find our more things to do in Cleethorpes hereTop 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield


Just over 2 hours & 30 mins from Sheffield

I went to Blackpool for the first time a few months ago and the beach there is pretty amazing. And it’s absolutely huge, so even on busy days you won’t find it hard to bag a spot. There is miles and miles of sandy beach and 3 piers. You’ll be spoilt for choice what to do in Blackpool; it’s attraction central!

The “Blackpool Big ticket” with Merlin Entertainment gets you into 7 attractions (but it’s £45 an adult)… yikes, you’d need more than a day for that! We did madame Tussauds and Blackpol Tower eye over 2 days (read review here). There’s a lovely park nearby, the big theme park Pleasure Beach and enough arcades to give you a headache 😉

Blackpool itself is a little rough around the edges but everything is along the seafront and on the piers, so pretty central. For an overnight stay or longer, b&b’s are aplenty all very close to the front, and there’s 2 Haven parks nearby.

Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield


With 3 changes via Doncaster & York, 2hr 30min from Sheffield

haven reighton sands Scarborough Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield

Scarborough is my least favourite but, it does have a very nice beach and lots to do in the area. It’s less about the beach, for me, and more about everything else there is to do there in combination with the beach making it a good day out or weekend break which is why it’s in the top 4!

The little funicular train up and down the cliffs is a must, so retro and vintage. Scarborough Castle is up on the cliffs, too, and the beach is lovely and clean. Sealife centre is just a short bus/drive away and the North Bay Railway is a popular attraction with Skytrail, water chute and boating lake. There’s plenty of arcades, cafes, places to eat and drink, transport and museums nearby.

The beach is very central to all amenities and although small is very well connected to cafes and arcades. It is very easy to find.

We liked the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery (both annual passes, so free return visit if you go again) just a short walk from the beach.


Approx 2 hours & 30 mins

The North Yorkshire coast is a beautiful place to be all year round. Unique cove beaches, pebble beaches and sand beaches… so there’s a lot of variety. We stay at Haven when we go to Filey and have stayed at Primrose Valley, Blue Dolphin & Reighton Sands.

Filey is a quiet small town between Scarborough and Bridlington, the beaches here are unspoilt and quiet. From small cove beaches to big open sands with rocks and pebbles, walks along the coast and trails. The beaches in Filey are so lovely, a real treat and getaway from the hustle and bustle of a seaside resort.

You won’t find strips of arcades and loud noises, instead the beaches in Filey are very quiet and romantic. In Filey town itself; the beach has a few boats, coffee shops, cafes and 1 or 2 arcades. Popular with locals and families & couples who are wanting a quiet seaside getaway. If beach walks are for you, then you’ll love Filey.

That’s our Top 4 Favourite Beaches near Sheffield

What is your favourite out of these 4 and have you been to them all? We have also been to Skegness (Butlins Just For Tots) and Brighton (summer 2016) which was fantastic but very far away!

I’m desperate to explore the south coast of England – maybe one day.

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