These Are Officially the 10 Sunniest Places in England

Written by Rebecca Mathews
Updated: September 4, 2023
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England is known for its variable weather. You can start the day in shorts but require a raincoat just a few hours later! These changeable conditions are why it’s such a common conversation subject. If you’re ever lost for words in England, just ask for tomorrow’s weather forecast. It guarantees enthusiastic conversation. However, if it’s the English sun you’re looking for, we have you covered. These are officially the ten sunniest places in England — just be sure to pack a raincoat alongside the sunblock!

Infographic for the 10 Sunniest Places in England
Now you know where all those people in English novels go when they take a holiday!

Why Is England’s Weather so Changeable?

Sun one minute, then rain the next. Why?

It’s because England is situated on the Atlantic Ocean’s westerly wind belt, but it’s also close to mainland Europe. England’s topography is regionally varied, and its land use changes from mile to mile. On top of this, England’s long coastline throws in fast changes. This means England gets its fair share of sun, wind, rain, and cloud, sometimes all in one day.

Double Rainbow Over Residential Area: Double Rainbow over residential area after a light rain in Montgomery, Alabama.

England’s weather is changeable due to its long coastline and the Atlantic Ocean wind belt.


According to the Met Office, the sunniest places in England lie on the south coast. Let’s take a look.

1. Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is officially the sunniest place in England, according to the Met Office. Shanklin and Ventor towns are two of the sunniest spots situated on its sheltered south coast. They’re seaside towns full of thatched cottages and a popular holiday destination due to their beautiful sunshine. This pretty town receives an average of 1,923 hours of sunshine every year.

The Isle of Wight is an English island destination that lies just a few miles off the coast of Hampshire, just across the Solent. Although it’s only 20 miles wide, it’s England’s largest island with 100 feet high cliffs, golden sandy bays, and 57 miles of coastline. Queen Victoria moved here when Prince Albert died, and visitors can walk around her Italian-style villa.

Lighthouse isle of wight the needles

The Isle of Wight is one of the sunniest places in England according to the Met Office.

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2. Bognor Regis

Bognor Regis in West Sussex receives over 1,920 hours of sunshine every year along its miles of shingle beach. Situated on England’s south coast and just 56 miles southwest of London, this is another popular holiday resort. Its coastal position maintains plenty of sunshine and also prevents extreme freezing temperatures. According to the Met Office, the temperature hasn’t fallen below minus 9.4 degrees centigrade since 1960.

Did you know the suffix Regis means ‘of the King’? It was added to plain old Bognor when King George V (King Charles III’s great-grandad) chose it to recover from lung surgery in 1929.  

Panoramic aerial done view of Bognor Regis beach, West Sussex, England UK

Bognor gets the suffix “Regis,” which means “of the king,” from hosting convalescing King George V in 1929.

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3. Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a lively tourist destination that’s 94 miles south of London. It’s one of the sunniest places in England, with numerous beaches covered in golden sand and clean, life-guarded water in the summer months.

Over 200 years ago, Bournemouth Beach had barely any infrastructure, just a lone summerhouse an army officer called Louis Tregonwell had constructed. In 1800 the train line arrived in sunny Bournemouth, and it became an official town. The sunny seafront became fortified against invasion in WW2, but nowadays, you spot sunbathers, surfers, and university students enjoying the sun.

Its sunny skies are due to the temperate oceanic climate there. As with most of England, the warmest months are July and August. Bournemouth has good news for winter visitors too. Its average rainfall is 34.4 inches, below the 45.8-inch national average.

Bournemouth pier in Dorset, UK with Bournemouth city skyline in background at night with beautiful sunset - buildings have warm evening light - HDR

Bournemouth is home to miles of golden beaches and lively nightlife.

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4. Eastbourne

The coastal town of Eastbourne in East Sussex boasts not only 1,892 hours of sunshine but epic sandy beaches and a view of the Seven Sisters cliff formation to die for. The highest chalk cliff in England lies just to the west. No, it’s not the white cliffs of Dover, but Beachy Head. Constant cliff erosion keeps the cliffs pearly white.

Eastbourne lies 54 miles south of London, and Victorian-era hotels line the seafront, but humans have taken advantage of Eastbourne’s warm summers and mild winters since the Stone Age. During July, the temperature hasn’t fallen below zero degrees centigrade since records began.

The Coast Guard Cottages and Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs at sunrise in Sussex, England, UK

Seven Sisters cliff formation in Eastbourne remains white due to constant erosion.

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5. Brighton

Brighton, the most famous of all English holiday resorts, is one of the sunniest spots in England. It’s considered a hipster getaway now, but back in the Victorian era, sun-seeking tourists all but overwhelmed it in July and August.

Evidence of Victorian holidaymakers lies with the derelict west pier and art deco-style facades. Just 47 miles south of London, and just one hour on the train, makes Brighton a trendy extension of the capital.

Its temperate oceanic climate creates sunny summers and mild winters. Snow in any southern England seaside resort is almost unheard of, and because Brighton lies on the coast, it receives less rainfall than most of central and northern England. Just 29 inches a year on the seafront, and most of that falls in winter.

Brighton Pier, UK during sunset England

Trendy Brighton on England’s south coast is famous for its hipster crowd.

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6. Camber Sands

One of England’s largest sandy beaches is Camber Sands in East Sussex’s Camber Village near Rye. It’s a creamy-gold sandy beach with a harbor and nature reserve perfectly positioned to spot kingfishers, herons, and tufted ducks.

The hottest month is July, but August is the sunniest. November is the rainy period, and the beaches get extremely gusty. Strong winds are the reason this area is so popular with kite surfers and kite buggies. Not only is the beach huge, flat, and sandy the wind is powerful. The beach’s eastern end is designated to harness Camber Sands’ sun and forceful winds. Hold on tight!

Camber Sands, sandy beach at the village of Camber, East Sussex near Rye, England, the only sand dune system in East Sussex. View of the dunes, grass, sea, selective focus

Camber Sands near Rye is popular with kite surfers and kite buggies.

©Lilly Trott/

7. Margate

Margate in north Kent lies on England’s southeast coast and receives an average of 7.3 hours of sunlight a day. It enjoys the name “Sunny Margate” as a result of its sunny disposition. Like nearly all the sunny places in England, its climate is mild, and the town receives little rainfall compared to the rest of England. It’s reportedly the driest town in Kent.

It’s one of England’s sunniest places and full of history. The town was a major Middle Ages port. In the Victorian era, the city enjoyed a huge influx of holidaymakers traveling from London’s Thames River to enjoy the pleasant climate.

The beach at low tide with mooring boats and Margate Harbor Arm in the background, Margate, Kent, UK

Margate in Kent, UK, was a major port during the Middle Ages.

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8. Salcombe

Salcombe is a small, beautiful, and sunny town in southwest England’s glorious Devon County. The town sits on the edge of an estuary and welcomes thousands of holidaymakers in summer because it’s so sunny and warm. June is the sunniest month to enjoy Salcombe’s sheltered water and golden sandy beaches.

Several shipwrecks lie off the coast. The very oldest is the Bronze Age, plus one that sank in the 17th century full of gold coins. These days, Salcombe lifeboat station volunteers patrol the water. Salcombe’s had an incredible lifeboat presence here since 1869.

SALCOMBE and Kingsbridge Estuary from a drone, South Hams, Devon, England

Salcombe in Devon sits on an estuary’s edge. Several ancient shipwrecks lie beneath its waters.

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9. Torquay

Devon’s finest and one of the sunniest places in England, this Cornish seaside town is mild for most of the year. Its temperate oceanic climate means plenty of sunshine and warmer winters than most of England. It even boasts palm trees!

Torquay (pronounced “Tor-key”) is a gastronomic paradise for seafood lovers and a surfer’s dream. Historians love 1189 C.E. Torre Abbey, and picnickers enjoy space on Meadfoot, Babbacombe, and Watcombe’s rich golden beaches.

Gardens at Torquay, South Devon, UK

Devon’s Torquay is so sunny palm trees thrive there.


10. Scilly Isles

The Isles of Scilly (pronounced “silly”) is an archipelago off Cornwall County. It sits on the southwestern tip of the mainland. St Agnes Isle is Britain’s most southerly point.

The Scilly Isles enjoy mild temperatures and lots of sun. It’s a tempting place to visit, but it’s a journey because you have to take a series of small ferries between the five inhabited islands. The powder-soft beaches and bone-warming sun are worth it.

These gorgeous isles are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Animals you’ll see on these sunny isles include cute Atlantic seals and adorable puffins.

Pathway to Great Bay on the Island of St Martin's. Part of the Isles Of Scilly, the most south westerly part of England. August 2019.

Puffins and Atlantic seals live around the five inhabited Scilly Isles.

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Where Are the Sunniest Places in England?

Most of England’s climate is temperate oceanic, but England’s sunniest places generally sit on the south or southeastern coast.

All of the above-listed sunny spots were popular tourist destinations in Victorian times due to their sunny reputation, and their mild temperatures continue to draw modern crowds throughout the year.

Summary of the 10 Sunniest Places in England

Isle of WightOff the coast of HampshireThe sunniest place in England.
Bognor RegisWest SussexShingle beach.
Bournemouth94 miles south of LondonGolden sands and little rain.
EastbourneEast SussexView of the Seven Sisters cliff formation.
Brighton1 hour from London by trainMost famous.
Camber SandsEast SussexOne of the largest beaches.
MargateSoutheast CoastOne of the sunniest and driest places.
SalcombeDevon County, Southwest EnglandSeveral shipwrecks lie off the coast.
TorquayDevon County
Scilly IslesArchipelago off Cornwall County at the southwestern tip of the mainland.Powder-soft beaches; ferries between the 5 inhabited islands.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Lilly Trott/

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About the Author

Rebecca is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on plants and geography. Rebecca has been writing and researching the environment for over 10 years and holds a Master’s Degree from Reading University in Archaeology, which she earned in 2005. A resident of England’s south coast, Rebecca enjoys rehabilitating injured wildlife and visiting Greek islands to support the stray cat population.

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