While we might not openly be a nation of liberated naturists, the UK isn’t short of nudist beaches where you can bear all.
Holidays that celebrate nakedness are nothing new, but they are on the rise. In fact, Naked the Retreat, a new nudist retreat based in Tuscany, has been predicted to be one of the most popular travel experiences in 2021.
There are actually plenty of nudist beaches around the UK for families and couples to enjoy the freedom they desire, for those who fancy a UK staycation in the nude.
If you’re looking for somewhere you can comfortably strip off without being judged, these are the top nude beaches in Britain.
The best nude beaches for families
Naturism seems to come naturally to the kids, so if you’re seeking somewhere for the family to relax in a safe space by the sea, these are the top nude beaches for you. These beaches are great for all naturists, but we’ve selected them as top family nude beaches because of their busy and safe reputations.
An official nudist beach, Brighton’s big pebbly stretch is incredibly busy, so only come here if you’re willing to bare all in front of hundreds of clothed and non-clothed visitors in summer. The beach has plenty of facilities, with beach bars and public toilets, and the sea is great for swimming. You’ll have views of the new pleasure pier and old burned out pier to the west, and Brighton Marina to the east.
There’s a playground for kids (dress them first, though) and an adventure golf course. The naked section of the beach sits between the playground and the Marina.
With shallow waters and soft golden sands, Druridge Bay is a wonderful spot for naturists on the Northumberland coast. The beach in its entirety yawns across a large crescent from Amble down to Cresswell. It’s clean, wide and has a good-size section for stripping off between the Chevington Burn and Druridge Bay National Trust area.
The beach is popular with dog walkers, so do be aware that you might see curious pooches and fully clothed owners wandering about. There are no facilities, so you’ll need to bring everything you want, and take it home with you too.
This Norfolk beach regularly sits on ‘best beaches’ lists about the UK, and there’s no wonder. The wide, sandy expanse has undulating dunes, swishing grasses, and – when the weather’s on your side – spectacular blue skies. Kids will love the ample wet sand for building castles, and a good gusty wind means flying kites is great fun here.
There have been some incidents of indecent behaviour here which led to naturist bans, but all was resolved in 2015 and naturists are now allowed to bare all on the beach, just not within the sand dunes. There are signs showing where the nudist area begins.
Mainland Scotland’s only officially designated naturist beach is a delight for families, with a campsite nearby for pitching your tent or parking up with the caravan or motorhome. The naturist section runs from the river to Lothbeg Point, and there’s good swimming around the river mouth.
The campsite occasionally runs special naturist weeks in summer, too, so if you’re really keen to keep your kit off, you could plan a trip around that.
The Isle of Wight is a fabulous family destination, with classic seaside vibes at seaside towns like Ventnor and Shanklin, and plenty of child-friendly activities for all ages. On Chale Bay, beneath the cliffs of Blackgang Chine, is a brilliant little section of nudist beach with beautifully clear waters ideal for a swim.
Park up in Old Blackgang Road car park and walk along the footpath to the beach. Be sure to only strip off when you get to the nudist section beneath Blackgang Chine.
One of the UK’s most famous and well-known nudist beaches, Studland Beach in Purbeck is a solid option for families looking for a bit of freedom. The naturist section is well marked with posts and signs, and National Trust wardens on duty here will often move anyone getting naked in the wrong spot. Speaking of those wardens, their presence make this one of the safest and cleanest (behaviour-wise) nude beaches in Britain.
Gorgeous views of the Carmarthenshire coastline will have you mesmerised on Rhossili Bay, where grassy dunes back a wide, three-mile-long sandy beach. The northern end of the bay is for naturists, just south of Spaniards Rocks and Burry Holms Island. On the way to the nude section, kids will love to see the mossy wreck of Helvetia, a Norwegian ship that got caught in a storm in 1887 and whose wooden hull now pokes out of the sand.
The best nude beaches for adults
If you’re travelling without the kids, these beaches are also great options.
Sitting on the south Cornwall coast, not far from Land’s End, Pedn Vounder and Treen is gorgeously remote. It’s so remote, in fact, the sandy, shell-strewn beach is only usable in mid or low tide, so be sure to check timings before you set out.
It’s a great walk along the coastal path from Porthcurno and a bit of a scramble down the rocks to the beach. Note that you’ll likely share the cove with a few ‘textile beach users’ (clothed holidaymakers), but it’s well worth it for the crystal-clear waters and gorgeous craggy cliff views.
A beautiful secluded beach with sandy dunes awaits for discerning nudists on the northern end of Walney Island. A huge sandy expanse looking out across the Atlantic, not only can you soak up the summer sun, but you’ll also spot ringed plover, migratory seabirds and oystercatchers.
A road follows the seafront along Earnse Bay and ends at the sand dunes. Park up and walk 30 minutes or so and you’ll find yourself at the nudist section. Nearby Roanhead has also been tipped as a reliable option for naturists.
If breathtaking scenery is what you’re after, strip off at Newborough Warren. This gorgeous beach in Anglesey sits in the shadow of Snowdonia with views out to the Llyn Peninsula – it’s all particularly magical at sunset.
Another official nudist area, the main beach at Leysdown-on-Sea has a clothes-free stretch at its southeastern end towards Shellness. A prickly combination of sand, shells and shingle underfoot means shoes might well be necessary – especially if you want to swim – and there are no facilities on the beach itself, so you’ll need to pop into Leysdown for essentials.
In Leysdown itself, there’s a lovely bakery, Indian restaurant, a cafe and ample accommodation in numerous caravan and camping sites. Nearby, the The Swale National Nature Reserve is home to waders and wildfowl.
Naturism in the UK: golden rules to follow while naked on the beach
If you’ve never been naked on the beach before, there are a few things you need to know before you get your kit off. Follow this etiquette to ensure you have a stress-free time on the UK’s nudist beaches:
- Stick to the designated areas. While you can technically strip off on any beach in the UK, it’s a safety-in-numbers situation, so stick to the designated naked areas and you’ll be safe (and you won’t shock any unsuspecting holidaymakers in the process).
- Keep your distance. As you would even when clothed, try to pick a spot not too close to another family or couple. While you might all enjoy the freedom of nudity, an element of privacy is still important.
- Don’t stare at others or approach strangers – it’s disconcerting at best. If you need to interact with others, it’s good manners to cover up before you do.
- Don’t take pictures – not even a selfie. You don’t want to be accused of snapping a stranger inadvertently.
- Don’t engage in any ‘adult activity’. While sex outdoors isn’t illegal, it’s unlikely you’re going to have enough privacy on a beach in the UK, so it’s best to avoid it.
- If you’re asked to cover up by a police officer, do so. You don’t want to get yourself arrested or give nudists a bad name.