Coastal getaways at Seaham Hall - The perfect break from London
Beautiful beach breaks on the North East Coast
Calling all Londoners: If you’re planning a weekend escape to the English seaside, it’s time to discover the delights of the beaches and 5 star hotels in north east England. Small wonder that savvy travellers are heading north rather than flocking to the crowded sands of Devon, Cornwall or the hotspots on the south coast. Quite simply, the North East offers a quieter alternative with equally spectacular beaches, and easy access from London, making it a fabulous weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
England's north eastern beaches have a beauty and allure all of their own with Durham’s Heritage Coast, which stretches from Sunderland to Hartlepool, arguably the most glorious outdoor playground begging to be explored. Prepare to be wowed: the region has shaken off its industrial past and emerged as one the finest coastlines in England — home to thriving wildlife and nature reserves, as well as some truly gorgeous beaches.
Seaham Beach highlights
The lively North East Coastal town of Seaham is the jewel of Durham’s Heritage Coast and a top choice for a luxurious beach break in Northeast England. Thanks to its glorious soft sands, as well as rocky sections, Seaham Beach attracts beachcombers in search of a more laid-back holiday vibe. The beach is backed by a pretty promenade and you can bring your four-legged friend as the entire beach is dog-friendly.
It’s also a great option for a family break: kids will love playing in the rock pools and the beach is protected from the powerful gusts of the North Sea by a sea wall. Grab an ice cream, visit Seaham Harbour Marina and don’t miss the photo opportunity with "Tommy" the WWI statue.
You’ll also discover an impressive choice of bars, cafés and restaurants clustered along the seafront.
Walk the Durham Coastal Path
Dedicated hikers will find numerous walking routes of varying length and level of challenge along the coastline as well as inland but if you don't do anything else, be sure to experience the wonderful Durham Coastal Path. This 11-mile walking route from Seaham in the north to Crimdon in the south, will lead you around rocky headlands with stunning clifftop views, through sheltered bays and meadows filled with wild-flowers, woodlands, valleys and charming villages. This is a great way to get your bearings and explore the beaches along the way.
The best beach hotel in Northeast England
Seaham Hall Hotel is widely recognised as one of the very best hotels in north east England, and its location mere moments from the sand makes it an ideal choice for sophisticated travellers who long for fresh air and gentle strolls on tranquil beaches.
Getting to Seaham from London
It’s quicker and easier to get to Seaham Hall Hotel from London than you might think. Regular train services run from London’s King’s Cross with an average journey time of four hours and ten minutes. If you prefer to travel by car, Seaham is a five-hour drive from London.