September 13, 2023

By Josh Baker

England’s coastline is remarkably unique. In fact, English beaches have doubled for a host of destinations and time periods, such as Europe, America and even the mythical world of Westeros in House of the Dragon.

Read on to discover the beaches across England and the international locations they resemble…

Botany Bay in Kent doubling for 18th Century Russia in The Great © Hulu

Chesil Beach, Dorset

Chesil Beach as an iconic 18-mile long shingle beach, which could double for European coasts, such as the scenic pebbled coastlines found on the French Riviera.

Botany Bay, Kent

The white cliffs and sandy beach of Botany Bay can create a setting reminiscent of some North American or European coastal locations.

Durdle Door, Dorset

With its iconic natural limestone arch and stunning cliffs, Durdle Door resembles coastal landscapes found in Mediterranean regions.

Hollywell Bay, Cornwall

Known for its white sands and turquoise waters, Hollywell Bay could easily stand in for a tropical beach setting.

© National Trust

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

With its long stretch of sandy shoreline and rolling waves, Woolacombe Beach could pass for a beach in California or Australia.

Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

This vast and picturesque beach, with the stunning Bamburgh Castle in the backdrop, could stand in for some Northern European coastlines.

Camber Sands, East Sussex

The wide, sandy expanse of Camber Sands has been used in films to mimic various international beach locations.

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

The unspoiled beauty of Holkham Beach, with its vast space and soft dunes, could serve as a backdrop for various coastal regions worldwide.

Tynemouth Longsands, Tyne and Wear

The rugged charm of Tynemouth Longsands could be utilized to replicate certain European beach destinations.

Whitby, Yorkshire

Nestled along Yorkshire’s rugged coast, Whitby Beach’s dramatic cliffs, sweeping vistas, and North Sea backdrop offer an uncanny resemblance to the coastal allure of Scandinavia.

To view more beaches across the English regions, browse our Coastal Locations Gallery or Coastlines Location Portfolio.

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