The Social History of the British Seaside


Sun worship

Today, we have reservations about spending too much time in the sun. In the 'twenties and 'thirties it was the height of fashion and considered healthy. See Sun worship

Holiday statistics

Is the British seaside holiday dying? Towards the end of the 1930s around 15 million people went to the UK seaside. Find who went on holiday in Britain and where they stayed, from the 20s to the 90s. See UK holiday statistics

The M4, as seen from and Austin 1100

Roads to the coast

The only way to go on holiday was by car in the 60s. Traffic jams were all part of the experience! Read more: Roads to the coast

Sprite 400, 1961

Camping & caravanning

Camping and caravanning boomed in the 60s & 70s.


Seaside history

The British seaside holiday