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The seafront of Torquay, a seaside resort in Devon, England.
The seafront of Torquay, a seaside resort in Devon, England.

A seaside resort is a resort located on the coast. Where a beach is the primary focus for tourists, it may be called a beach resort. Part of the seafront at Torquay. ... Part of the seafront at Torquay. ... Statistics Population: 62,963 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SX9165 Administration District: Torbay Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Devon Historic county: Devon Services Police force: Devon and Cornwall Ambulance service: South Western Post office and telephone Post town: TORQUAY Postal... Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Resorts combine a hotel and a variety of recreations, such as swimming pools A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation. ... Rugged coastline of the West Coast of New Zealand The coast is defined as the part of the land adjoining or near the ocean. ... The Beach in Calella, Spain. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ...

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History of the seaside resort

The coast has always been a recreational environment, although until the mid-nineteenth century, such recreation was a luxury only for the wealthy. Even in Roman times, the town of Baiae, by the Tyrrhenian Sea in Italy, was a resort for those who were sufficiently prosperous. During the early nineteenth century, the Prince Regent popularised Brighton, on the south coast of England, as a fashionable alternative to the wealthy spa towns such as Bath. Later, Queen Victoria's long-standing patronage of the Isle of Wight ensured the seaside residence was a highly fashionable possession for those wealthy enough to afford more than one home. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Roman Forum was the central area around which ancient Rome developed. ... Baiae (Italian: Baia), in the Campania region of Italy on the Bay of Naples, today a frazione of the comune of Bacoli, was for several hundred years a fashionable and luxurious coastal resort, especially towards the end of the period of the Roman Republic. ... Tyrrhenian Sea. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Prince Regent (or Prince Regnant, as a direct borrowing from French language) is a prince who rules a country instead of a sovereign, e. ... Statistics Population: 155,919[1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TQ315065 Administration District: Brighton & Hove Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: East Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Ambulance service: South East Coast Post office and telephone Post town... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A spa town is a town frequented, in times past, for health reasons, to take the waters. The name derives from the Belgian town Spa, and in continental Europe, a spa was known as a ville deau (town of water). ... For other uses, see Bath (disambiguation). ... Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India from 1 January 1877, until her death in 1901. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ...


It was in the mid-nineteenth century that it became popular for people from less privileged classes to take holidays at seaside resorts. Improvements in transportation brought about by the industrial revolution enabled people to take holidays away from home, and led to the growth of coastal towns as seaside resorts. This is perhaps most strongly evidenced in England and Wales, country's shaped such that its coast is no more than 180km from any point. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Watt steam engine in Madrid. ... The word holiday has related but different meanings in English-speaking countries. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd in...


British seaside resorts

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The Grand Pier and donkey rides at Weston-super-Mare England
The Grand Pier and donkey rides at Weston-super-Mare England
Llandudno Pier
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Llandudno Pier

As the nineteenth century progressed, British working class day-trippers travelled on organised trips such as railway excursions, or by steamer, for which long piers were erected so that the ships bringing the trade could berth. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 531 KB)The Grand Pier and beach at low tide, Weston-super-Mare, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 531 KB)The Grand Pier and beach at low tide, Weston-super-Mare, England. ... Binomial name Equus asinus Linnaeus, 1758 For other articles with similar names, see Donkey (disambiguation). ... Weston-super-Mare is an English seaside resort town in North Somerset, population 65,000 (1991 estimate). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 649 KB) Summary Llandudno Pier taken by me, Noel Walley on 14/06/2004 Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 649 KB) Summary Llandudno Pier taken by me, Noel Walley on 14/06/2004 Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... Day Tripper is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles as a double A-side single with We Can Work It Out. Under the pressure of needing a new single for the Christmas market, Lennon wrote most of the lyrics and the famous... Look up excursion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland This article is about the water vessel. ... A pier on Lake Mapourika in New Zealand illustrates the simplest form of pier Southend Pier in England is the longest pleasure pier in the world, at 1. ...


The popularisation of the seaside resort during this period was nowhere more pronounced than in Blackpool. Blackpool catered for workers from across industrial Northern England, who packed its beaches and promenade. Other northern towns (for example Scarborough, Bridlington and Skegness) shared in the success of this new concept, which spread rapidly to other British coastal towns including several on the coast of North Wales and notably Llandudno, the largest resort in Wales and known as "The Queen of the Welsh Resorts", a title first implied as early as 1864 [1]. Some resorts, such as Bournemouth, were built as new towns by local landowners to appeal to wealthier holidaymakers. Blackpool is a seaside town in north-western England. ... A sign on the A1 road near London points to The NORTH. Such signs continue for the length of the road. ... This article is on the English seaside resort. ... Bridlington beach, from the North Pier Bridlington is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. ... Skegness is a seaside resort town in Lincolnshire, England, with a permanent population of about 30,000. ... Approximate extent of North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales. ... Llandudno South Parade (on the north shore) viewed from the Great Orme, with the twin mounds of Deganwy Castle in the distance Llandudno Bay and the Little Orme viewed from the Great Orme Llandudno Pier viewed from the Happy Valley gardens A sunny corner in the Happy Valley gardens Llandudno... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd in... Bournemouth is a large resort town on the south coast of England. ...


From the last quarter of the twentieth century, the popularity of the British seaside resort has declined for the same reason that it first flourished: advancements in transportation. The greater accessibility of foreign holiday destinations, through package holidays and, more recently, European low-cost airlines, affords people the freedom to holiday abroad. Despite the loyalty of returning holiday-makers, resorts such as Blackpool have struggled to compete against the favourable weather of Southern European alternatives. Now, many symbols of the traditional British resort (holiday camps, end-of-the-pier shows and saucy postcards) are regarded by some as drab and outdated; the skies are imagined to be overcast (although British summers from the late 1980s onwards have often been warmer and sunnier than at any other time in living memory) and the beach windswept. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... A package holiday or package tour consists of transport and accommodation advertised and sold together by a vendor known as a tour operator. ... Boeing 737-700 of UK low cost carrier easyJet waiting for take off at Bristol A low-cost carrier or low cost airline (also known as a no-frills or discount carrier / airline) is an airline that offers generally low fares in exchange for eliminating many traditional passenger services. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Holiday camp, in Britain, generally refers to a resort with a boundary that includes accommodation, entertainment and other facilities. ... A sample of various postcards. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In contrast, the fortunes of Brighton, which has neither holiday camps nor end-of-the-pier shows, have grown considerably, and, because of this, the resort is repeatedly held up as the model of a modern resort. However, unlike the Golden Miles of other British resorts, the sea is not Brighton's primary attraction: rather it is a backdrop against which is set an attitude of broad-minded cosmopolitan hedonism. The resulting sense of uniqueness has, coupled with the city's proximity to London, led to Brighton's restoration as a fashionable resort and the dwelling-place of the affluent. Look up cosmopolitan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gadabout redirects here. ...


Other English coastal towns have successfully sought to project a sense of their unique character. In particular, Southwold on the Suffolk coast is an active yet peaceful retirement haven with an emphasis on calmness, quiet countryside and jazz. Weymouth in Dorset offers itself as 'the gateway to the Jurassic Coast', Britain's only natural World Heritage Site. Newquay in Cornwall offers itself as the 'surfing capital of Britain', hosting international surfing events on its shores. View of town, pier and beach Southwold is an ancient town in the Waveney district in Suffolk, East Anglia, England, at the mouth of the River Blyth. ... Suffolk (pronounced SUF-fk) is a large traditional and administrative county in the East Anglia region of eastern England. ... Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. ... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... Location within the British Isles An easterly view over Newquay harbour with some of the surfing beaches in the background. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county in South West England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ...


Torbay in South Devon is known is also known as The English Riviera. Consisting of the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, the bay has 20 beaches and coves along its 22 mile coastline, ranging from small secluded coves to the larger promenade style seafronts of Torquay's Torre Abbey Sands and Paignton Sands. Paignton Pier extends into the sea from the popular seafront. Torbay is an east facing bay at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... The standard tourism poster for Torbay. ... Statistics Population: 62,963 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SX9165 Administration District: Torbay Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Devon Historic county: Devon Services Police force: Devon and Cornwall Ambulance service: South Western Post office and telephone Post town: TORQUAY Postal... Location within the British Isles Paignton seafront in the late evening, at high tide Paignton (pronounced Paynton) is an English coastal town on the English Riviera near Torquay, in the county of Devon. ... Location within the British Isles Brixham is a small town in the county of Devon in the southwest of England. ...


Irish seaside resorts

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has a number of seaside resorts. The premier Northern Irish seaside resort is Portrush[citation needed], often considered[Please name specific person or group] as the Northern Ireland's equivalent of Blackpool. Portrush is situated on the north coast of Northern Ireland as has two sandy beaches, a world-famous[citation needed] golf course Royal Portrush Golf Club, amusements, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Newcastle is another seaside resort in Northern Ireland and is located on the east coast at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Motto: [citation needed] (French for God and my right)2 Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (de facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, NI Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland is the only golf club outside of Great Britain which has hosted The Open Championship, the oldest of golfs major championships. ...


Other quieter and more scenic coastal towns[citation needed] are Ballycastle and Portstewart, both on the Northern Irish north coast. Ballycastle (Baile an Chaistil in Irish) is a small town in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 55. ...


Republic of Ireland

Irish Riviera

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The Irish Riviera features the pretty seaside resorts of Youghal, Ardmore, Dungarvan, Cobh and Ballycotton. These are a group of resort towns and villages all set close to the sunny south coast of Ireland. Each town has its own character with its own attractions, places to stay, places to eat, traditional Irish pubs and beauty spots. Youghal has been a favoured holiday destination for over 100 years and is right in the centre of the south coast of Ireland. The town is situated on the banks of the majestic Blackwater river as it reaches the sea. Youghal is well known for its beaches, being the only town in the Republic of Ireland with not one, but two, beaches that have been awarded EU Blue Flag status. Dungarvan is a thriving seaside market town nestled beneath the mountains in the centre of the Irish south coast. Kinsale is often described as a food lovers and yachting town - a great base from which to explore the Irish Riviera. There is a very diverse range of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Kinsale is also home to a large and active creative community and there are numerous art galleries, record and book shops and several excellent delicatessens. Cobh is a perfect base for a wide variety of leisure and sport activities including fishing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, powerboating and of course walking and golf. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... Ardmore is the name of several localities around the world: Canada: Ardmore, Alberta Ardmore, British Columbia Ardmore Beach, Ontario Ardmore, Saskatchewan Ireland: Ardmore in County Waterford, Republic of Ireland New Zealand: Ardmore, New Zealand United States of America: Ardmore, Oklahoma Ardmore, Pennsylvania Ardmore, Tennessee This is a disambiguation page &#8212... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Cathedral of St. ... Ballycotton (Irish: Baile Choitín) is a village in County Cork, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Market Street in Kinsale, one of the towns oldest thoroughfares Kinsale (Cionn tSáile in Irish) is a town in County Cork, Ireland. ... Market Street in Kinsale, one of the towns oldest thoroughfares Kinsale (Cionn tSáile in Irish) is a town in County Cork, Ireland. ... Cathedral of St. ...


County Clare

Lahinch is a bustling seaside resort[citation needed], and is very popular for holidaymakers because of its long beach, golf links, promenade, and Seaworld (a leisure complex). Lahinch is extremely popular with surfers. Lahinch or Lehinch (An Leacht in Irish; meaning Leath Inis, or Half Island) is a village on Liscannor Bay, on the northwest coast of County Clare, Republic of Ireland. ...


Ballyvaughan is a village and small port on the southern shores of Galway Bay and is a convenient centre for exploring the fascinating and scenic surrounding countryside.[citation needed] Ballyvaughan is a small village in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland on the south shores of Galway Bay, north of Burren area. ... Galway Bay (Irish: Loch Lurgain or Cuan na Gaillimhe) is a large bay/sea loch on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the district of Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster to the south. ...


References

  1. ^ Ivor Wynne Jones. Llandudno Queen of Welsh Resorts (chapter 3 page 19) refering to the Liverpool Mercury

Further reading

  • Tom Geoghegan. "Wish you were (back) here?", BBC News, 2006-08-21. — Geoghegan looks at the economy of British seaside resorts and considers a possible resurgence in their popularity.
  • Professor John Walton (2001-03-01). The Victorian Seaside. British History. BBC. — Walton looks at the Victorian traditions that underpin British seaside holidays.

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See also

British seaside donkeys in Skegness, Yorkshire, used for donkey rides on the beach. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A pier on Lake Mapourika in New Zealand illustrates the simplest form of pier Southend Pier in England is the longest pleasure pier in the world, at 1. ... A stained glass illustration of Punch by Professor Ignorant Punch and Judy is a popular glove-puppet show for children (although the earliest shows used marionettes), featuring Punch and his wife Judy. ... The Seaside Postcard, often referred to as the saucy seaside postcard was a 19th and 20th century phenomenon of comedy postcards available in coastal resorts throughout the United Kingdom. ... A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... Tourists at Oahu island, Hawaii Tourism is the act of travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ...

External links

  • Blue Skies Project — mostly in PDF format. Research and conclusions of North Somerset District council, involving the identity crisis and re-branding of Weston-super-Mare. Indicative of the need for English resorts to adapt.
  • UK Coast Guide — the UK's coast and seaside resorts.

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