Margate’s internet hosting the Turner Prize, Brighton’s getting a Soho Home and Exmouth will quickly be house to a brand new restaurant based by award-winning chef Michael Caines. Seaside cities have come a great distance since kiss-me-quick hats and donkey rides reigned supreme: listed below are among the capitals of coastal cool.

Margate

Margate is internet hosting the Turner prize (Getty/iStock)

The arrival of the Turner Prize at Margate’s Turner Modern Gallery isn’t the one factor placing Margate on the map in 2019. We’re simply as excited concerning the reopening of the Albion Rooms, a lodge and studio, this summer season. The seafront property – a five-storey Victorian constructing – is owned by rock band The Libertines, who’ll be performing there on the lodge’s opening evening. And rock followers of a special sort can be excited to be taught that Margate Caves will reopen later this yr, following a prolonged battle to save lots of the positioning from improvement. The caves, which first welcomed guests in 1863, have been closed to the general public since 2004, and the revamped web site could have a restaurant, store and customer centre. 

Bournemouth 

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1/12 Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

the Minack Theatre might have been hewn by historic civilisations however in actuality was constructed by a neighborhood theatre-loving lady, Rowena Cade, within the 1930s.

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2/12 Pedn Vounder Seaside, Cornwall

This sweeping seaside with its turquoise water and white sand could possibly be a Greek or Caribbean island, however is definitely on the very tip of Cornwall.

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3/12 Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge is a pure rock formation within the Mendip Hills and is Britain’s highest inland limestone cliffs, rising 450ft.

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4/12 Rathfinny Wines, Alfriston, Sussex

Sussex is maybe not the primary place you’ll affiliate with wine manufacturing, however this winery within the South Downs produces exemplary English glowing wines because of a fortunate mixture of chalk soil, temperate local weather and south going through slopes.

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5/12 Wastwater, Lake District, Cumbria

This spectacular lake is half a mile vast and 260 toes deep, the deepest of all of the lakes within the space.

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6/12 St Ives harbour, Cornwall

Though this will look someplace within the Mediterranean, it is truly in Cornwall’s inventive hub, St Ives.

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7/12 The Roman Baths, Bathtub, Somerset

Set alongside a temple devoted to the therapeutic goddess Sulis-Minerva, the baths now type one of many world’s best-preserved historic Roman spas, and are encircled by lovely 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

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8/12 The Painted Corridor, Greenwich, London

The Painted Corridor on the Previous Royal Naval Faculty in Greenwich reopened in March after a two yr conservation mission to convey its magnificent ceiling again to life. The room has been known as the Sistine Chapel of the UK.

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9/12 Lavender fields, Gloucestershire

It would appear like the rolling hills of Provence, however these lavender fields are literally in Gloucestershire.

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10/12 Bowfell mountain, Lake District, Cumbria

An informal observer might mistake the snowy peaks of Bowfell mountain for someplace within the Alps.

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11/12 Cliftonwood, Bristol, North Somerset

Simply outdoors the centre of Bristol is Cliftonwood, an up-market enclave the place most of the homes are painted in vivid colors.

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12/12 Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Sussex

This constructing wouldn’t look misplaced in India, however was truly constructed as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, within the late 18th and early 19th century.

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1/12 Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

the Minack Theatre might have been hewn by historic civilisations however in actuality was constructed by a neighborhood theatre-loving lady, Rowena Cade, within the 1930s.

Go to Britain

2/12 Pedn Vounder Seaside, Cornwall

This sweeping seaside with its turquoise water and white sand could possibly be a Greek or Caribbean island, however is definitely on the very tip of Cornwall.

Go to Britain

3/12 Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge is a pure rock formation within the Mendip Hills and is Britain’s highest inland limestone cliffs, rising 450ft.

Go to Britain

4/12 Rathfinny Wines, Alfriston, Sussex

Sussex is maybe not the primary place you’ll affiliate with wine manufacturing, however this winery within the South Downs produces exemplary English glowing wines because of a fortunate mixture of chalk soil, temperate local weather and south going through slopes.

Go to Britain

5/12 Wastwater, Lake District, Cumbria

This spectacular lake is half a mile vast and 260 toes deep, the deepest of all of the lakes within the space.

Go to Britain

6/12 St Ives harbour, Cornwall

Though this will look someplace within the Mediterranean, it is truly in Cornwall’s inventive hub, St Ives.

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7/12 The Roman Baths, Bathtub, Somerset

Set alongside a temple devoted to the therapeutic goddess Sulis-Minerva, the baths now type one of many world’s best-preserved historic Roman spas, and are encircled by lovely 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

Go to Britain

8/12 The Painted Corridor, Greenwich, London

The Painted Corridor on the Previous Royal Naval Faculty in Greenwich reopened in March after a two yr conservation mission to convey its magnificent ceiling again to life. The room has been known as the Sistine Chapel of the UK.

Go to Britain

9/12 Lavender fields, Gloucestershire

It would appear like the rolling hills of Provence, however these lavender fields are literally in Gloucestershire.

Go to Britain

10/12 Bowfell mountain, Lake District, Cumbria

An informal observer might mistake the snowy peaks of Bowfell mountain for someplace within the Alps.

Go to Britain

11/12 Cliftonwood, Bristol, North Somerset

Simply outdoors the centre of Bristol is Cliftonwood, an up-market enclave the place most of the homes are painted in vivid colors.

Go to Britain

12/12 Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Sussex

This constructing wouldn’t look misplaced in India, however was truly constructed as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, within the late 18th and early 19th century.

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To place it merely, Bournemouth rocks proper now. Begin any go to with a wander by means of the hip Triangle space, the place the newest addition is the Upside Down Home. This two-storey artwork set up, described as a zero-gravity phantasm expertise, can be in situ till June. We gained’t spoil the shock, so test it out your self – simply search for the intense pink home (the one which’s the other way up). For those who’re spending the evening, head to the Boscombe space – the previous few months have seen a variety of uber-cool lodge openings right here. Our favorite is City Seaside, with its 12 superbly designed bedrooms and beautiful cocktail lounge. Equally hip is the Westbourne space, with its delicatessens, cafes and unbiased boutiques, lots of which you’ll discover inside a splendidly gothic procuring arcade constructed by Henry Pleasure in 1884.

Plymouth 

Ginophiles ought to head to Plymouth (Getty/iStock)

Plymouth’s the place to be proper now. Foodies can fulfill starvation pangs at a just lately opened Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill or pattern the most effective of the southwest’s delicacies on the annual Flavour Fest, which takes place from 31 Could to 2 June. Throughout the occasion the town centre Piazza is taken over by native and superstar cooks, and there’s an actual ale and wine bar. One other implausible summer season occasion is Plymouth’s Summer time of Out of doors Cinema, from July till September. Head to lovely waterfront places such because the grade II-listed Tinside Lido for a packed schedule of movies chosen by Plymouth Arts Centre. Lastly, gin lovers are extremely effectively catered for right here – the Plymouth Gin distillery is the oldest within the UK, though a newer opening assured to enchantment to gin followers is the model new Barbican Botanics Gin Room inside a grade II-listed constructing on New Road. Head right here to pattern 98 totally different gins, or ebook out the 40-person tasting room for particular occasions.

Hastings 

Hastings is the most recent ‘Shoreditch-on-sea‘ (Getty/iStock)

There’s a purpose super-cool Hastings is now known as Shoreditch-on-sea. It’s cheaper and fewer busy than each Brighton and London, and considerably much less crowded – however not for lengthy. The city is more and more well-liked with tradition vultures, who flock to Kino-Teatr, a just lately restored arthouse cinema on Norman Street – our favorite bit is the unique Victorian ticket sales space. One other hot-spot is the Jerwood Gallery, a smooth, black-brick modern artwork museum designed by architects from HAT Initiatives. The previous city is a good place for some retail remedy – head to Roberts Rummage for an exquisite assortment of classic treasures, earlier than having fun with a caffeine repair on the waterfront Love Cafe, with its monumental mural. For in a single day stays, test into the Previous Rectory, which has a Decleor spa. The lodge has common collaborations with native artists and designers, too.

Exmouth 

Exmouth is getting a revamped waterfront (Getty)

Subsequent yr will see the completion of an unlimited mission which is able to remodel Exmouth’s waterfront. The Exmouth Waterfront mission includes occasion area and eating places, together with a brand new bar and cafe from award-winning chef Michael Caines. However then once more, Exmouth has all the time been a success with foodies, because of locations just like the River Exe Café, which opens between April till September and could be discovered on a custom-built barge floating simply off the Exe Estuary. The city even has its personal (free) pageant. In 2019 the Exmouth Pageant will happen between 25 Could and three June, with an enormous vary of leisure on provide, from jazz acts and rock bands to workshops and stand-up comedy.

Whitby

Whitby’s Dracula associations make it a draw for the ‘velvet pound’ (Getty/iStock)

The rising variety of award-winning eating places opening right here has led meals critics to dub Whitby “Padstow of the North”. Most just lately, Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern selected Whitby for his newest enterprise – The Star Inn the Harbour, inside the previous vacationer data centre. Bookworms will know that Bram Stoker set a part of his well-known novel Dracula right here. 1000’s flock right here for the twice-yearly Whitby Goth Pageant, and the so-called “velvet pound” is vastly appreciated by companies. This contains the Bats & Broomsticks guesthouse, the place friends eat breakfast by candlelight to a soundtrack of the Damned. But it surely’s not all doom and gloom – spring will see the reopening of Whitby Abbey following a serious refurbishment (new additions embrace a sensory path and a espresso store) and the opening of the Museum of Whitby Jet, devoted to this well-known Yorkshire gemstone.