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Family day out on the beach along the Norfolk Coast | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Coast and beaches

We care for more than 780 miles of coastline. Plan a visit to see the best beaches and islands near you, and embark on a coastal adventure.

Things to do at the coast

A child's hands cup a collection of belemnites, bullet-shaped sandy-coloured fossils
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Best places to find fossils 

Fossils can be found anywhere, but the beach is a great place to start. Discover some of the best coastal spots we look after where you may find a fossil or two.

Common seals and sandwich terns at Blakeney Point, Norfolk
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Where to go seal watching 

Find the best places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to spot seals in the wild. Whether you're on a coastal walk or boat trip, there are plenty of places to see both grey and common seals as they come ashore to give birth.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
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Lighthouses to visit 

Fancy visiting a lighthouse? Find out where to go and get ready to discover some fascinating coastal buildings and their interesting histories.

A visitor walking over the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, with a rocky island visible on the other side of the bridge and the sea behind
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Top islands to visit 

Whether you're looking for a rugged family adventure or a quiet day trip with stunning views, here are your top picks for islands to escape to.

Coast and beaches near you

    Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

    Where will you visit next?

    Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.