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Best UK city/large town by the sea?

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pepperontoast Sun 25-Oct-20 14:21:51

Looking for recommendations please as to the best affordable area in uk, near the sea with lots to do, plenty of shops, good schools, transport links and not too far to spend time in lovely countryside? Bonus if it's warmer....

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BrieAndChilli Sun 25-Oct-20 14:25:17

Cardiff - for a small city it has plenty of culture de to being capital of wales, good transport links, couple of hours to london, beaches not to far, Brecon Beacons and lots of countryside also not too far.
Plymouth - affordable, less connected transport wise (as in takes a lot longer to get ‘up country’ lots of beaches and Dartmoor nearby.
Bristol - not affordable but lots going on, crazy reach of beaches and wye valley. Choice of schools
Exeter - closer to civilisation than plymouth but same access to beaches/Dartmoor. More expensive though.

FlibbertyGiblets Sun 25-Oct-20 14:27:02

Do you need large employers too, or is your job transferable?

And when you say affordable, do remember that that might mean Port Talbot not Mumbles. (No offence to PT)

pepperontoast Sun 25-Oct-20 14:40:11

Thanks both! Affordable meaning up to around £300k but less if possible. We only need a two bed...

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sueelleker Sun 25-Oct-20 15:29:28

Brighton! (Born, bred and lived here all my life) You've got the sea, South Downs, plenty to do; good transport links to London and along the coast. Don't know about schools, as I don't have kids.

ODFOx Sun 25-Oct-20 15:31:01

Bournemouth is lovely

Janaih Sun 25-Oct-20 15:37:31

I live in Portsmouth and I like it. I would also look at Brighton and Bournemouth. Bournemouth has a sandy beach.

Cactuslockdown Sun 25-Oct-20 15:38:30

Brighton smile

Foxyloxy1plus1 Sun 25-Oct-20 15:41:26

One of the villages near Chichester. Festival theatre in the town, near the sea and the South Downs for walking etc, good transport links to Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth and up to London. Regarded as having a micro climate, although can be breezy. State and independent schools, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth and you can get over to the Isle of Wight.

maldivemoment Sun 25-Oct-20 15:47:11

Helensburgh, Scotland. 40 mins by train to Glasgow. 10 mins and you’re at Loch Lomond national park. Can swim in the loch every day! Lovely coffee shops, restaurants & great schools.

However it also rains 361 days a year! 😆

Vinorosso74 Sun 25-Oct-20 15:47:21

Newcastle area. I realise north east England isn't famous for a warmer climate.
Places like Whitley Bay are by the sea, good schools and easy to get to city centre by metro plus not far from the Northumberland countryside. Morpeth either has good schools, train or bus to Newcastle. Close to countryside and not too far from the seaside.

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midsomermurderess Sun 25-Oct-20 15:54:53

Edinburgh. Some areas are close to the Firth of Forth, eg Portobello, rapidly gentrifying, and Cramond, and not at all far from the beaches in East Lothian. It has a wealth of good schools, eg Mary Erskine, Heriots, Watsons,; good shopping, and of course the arts.

Letsallscreamatthesistene Sun 25-Oct-20 15:55:02

Another vote for Portsmouth. I live here and love it.

nosswith Sun 25-Oct-20 15:57:37

I would choose Brighton of those mentioned. Though you might consider somewhere else depending on where other family members are (unless you want to avoid them).

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 25-Oct-20 16:00:24

@maldivemoment, plus we've recently had whales in the Loch grin

WotsitWiggle Sun 25-Oct-20 16:00:52

Brighton meets your criteria except for affordability. For that, you'd need to look further along the south coast eg towards Lancing, but then you lose a bit of the convenience of transport links.

maldivemoment Sun 25-Oct-20 16:53:45

IHaveBrilloHair I know! How lucky we are (in amongst all this current shit!) 😊

Watercoloursky Sun 25-Oct-20 16:54:07

One of the towns between Brighton and Worthing might float your boat? I'm in Shoreham-by-Sea, which is pretty much in the middle of them - lovely little town with beach/the Downs, lots of pubs and choice of supermarkets (big Tesco, big Lidl, big Co-op), farmer's market twice a month. It has lots of nice independent shops and cafes/restaurants, but if you need bigger/high street brands, it's easy to get to Brighton by car or train! Plus a direct train into London Victoria in about 1hr 20 mins. Or you could try Hove, Southwick, Goring, Lancing, etc - anywhere along the train line between Brighton and Worthing.

MirandaMarple Sun 25-Oct-20 16:56:59

Wirral. West coast - Hoylake, Heswall, Caldy.

Messagetoyoucassie Sun 25-Oct-20 17:01:19

Portsmouth! Brighton is not affordable at all! The house prices are crazy!

pepperontoast Mon 26-Oct-20 15:18:35

Lots of places mentioned, thanks! I'm going to look at them all, exciting! We currently live in a small remote village with absolutely nothing apart from one tiny shop.

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lurker101 Mon 26-Oct-20 15:21:21

Bournemouth - especially near Southbourne area - BH6 or BH5 (beachside) postcodes.
Lovely beaches - the whole coastline has quiet beaches which the locals use rather than “Bournemouth beach” which is always pictured in the papers on a hot day. Great independent restaurant and coffee shop scene

Letsallscreamatthesistene Mon 26-Oct-20 15:26:25

I should say im moving from Portsmouth to Bournemouth though 😂

Bournemouths got a bit more going on I think, also a bit more expensive though.

tigerbear Mon 26-Oct-20 15:28:16

I second Newcastle.
Biased, as I’m from there (and would love to move back!)
Very affordable, close to incredible countryside, lots to do, amazing restaurants and culture.

Property porn:
Windsor Gardens, Whitley Bay

Cheviot View, Whitley Bay

Bournemouth Gardens, Whitley Bay

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