How to get to Birmingham’s nearest beaches by train – including one of the best in the world

Fancy a day on the beach but finding the cost of fuel too expensive? Or maybe you’d like to relax on the train rather than having the stress of the motorway and finding somewhere to park.

Or perhaps you’ve decided to ditch the car and are going everywhere by public transport instead? There are lots of great reasons to catch the train to the seaside.

You can get some brilliant deals on family railcards and pick up individual off-peak tickets from as little as £ 18 each. And it takes less time than you might think to reach seaside destinations via the railways.

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Lots of fabulous holiday destinations have direct train links from Birmingham New Street, which makes the journey really easy. And most have a train station within an easy walk to the beach so you don’t have to spend additional money on taxi fares.

We’ve taken a look at some of the nearest beaches to Birmingham, the best rail routes to reach them and how long it takes to get there. We’ve even included Holkham Beachwhich has just been rated as one of the best beaches in the world.

All of these train journeys can be booked through Trainline.

Weston-super-Mare

It takes around two hours 15 minutes to reach Weston-super-Mare from Birmingham. Catch the train from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads then change here for a Great Western Railway train to Weston-super-Mare.

The beach is then just a five minute walk through the town.

Rhyl

A trip to Rhyl will take around two hours and 20 minutes on the train. You catch a train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe then switch to an Avanti West Coast train to Rhyl. It’s then around a 13 minute walk from the station to the beach

Borth

You can get to Borth easily from Birmingham New Street without having to make any changes. There are direct trains to the seaside town, which take around two hours and 40 minutes. Borth Station is just a minute’s walk to the beach, literally just over the road.

Barry Island

It will take you just under three hours to reach Barry Island by train. Jump aboard at Birmingham New Street then switch to a Transport for Wales train at Cardiff Central for a 25 minute train straight into Barry. It’s just a six minute walk from the station to Barry Island Beach.

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Aberystwyth

There are direct trains from Birmingham New Street straight into Aberystwyth Station. The journey will take just under three hours. It’s then just a short walk through the town to the beach.

Tywyn

There are direct trains from Birmingham New Street to Tywyn. The journey will take you around three hours. From here, it will take you around 10 minutes to walk to the seaside.

Bournemouth

You can get to Bournemouth in just over three hours on the train as there are direct links available. Hop on a Cross Country train at Birmingham New Street to take you straight into Bournemouth. It’s around a 25 minute walk to the beach from the station, or five minutes in a taxi.

Blackpool

The trip to Blackpool takes just under three hours on the train. You alight at Birmingham New Street then change at Preston (Lancs) to get on a Northern train straight into Blackpool Pleasure Beach Station, which serves the theme park and beach.

Barmouth

You can catch a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Barmouth with no need for any changes. It will take around three hours and 35 minutes. The beach is literally three minutes walk from the station, making it a really easy place to visit.

Southend on Sea

It takes around three hours and 35 minutes to reach Southend-on-Sea via the rail network. Catch a train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston then a tube to London Fenchurch Station. From here, you can catch a train to Southend Central. The beach is around a 13 minute walk away from the station.

Skegness

Trains to Skegness take between three-and-a-half hours to just over four hours, depending which route you take. The quickest is probably to alight at Birmingham New Street then change to an East Midlands Railway train at Nottingham, which will then take you into Skegness. It’s around a 15 minute walk to the beach from the station, passing the clock tower on your way.

Porthmadog

Trains run directly to Porthmadog from Birmingham New Street Station. The journey will take you around four and a half hours, taking you through Aberdovey, Twyn and Fairbourne on the way. It’s then a mile and a half to Borth-Y-Gest Beach, taking around half an hour on foot or five minutes in a taxi.

Holkham

You can catch the train from Birmingham New Street to Norwich, which takes around five hours, changing at Peterborough and Norwich. From there, connecting buses run to Holkham.

Tenby

It’s a five hour and 15 minute train journey to Tenby, and you have to make two changes on route. Traveling from Birmingham New Street, you change at Cardiff Central to get a train to Carmarthen. From Carmarthen, you can then board a train to Tenby. It’s then just a 10 minute walk to Tenby North Beach from the station.

* Journey times may vary depending on routes taken, times traveled and delays on the day.

Book away Trainlinewith lots of Railcard options available for cheaper trips.

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