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Don't change the channel—breathtaking beaches and more

Separating Great Britain from northern France, the English Channel is a bustling waterway, home to everything from cargo ships to leisure travelers in search of adventure. Stretching approximately 350 miles long, and connecting the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, the channel measures more than 150 miles at its widest point. The coastline is dotted with everything from sleepy villages with pristine beaches, to bustling resort towns with kitschy theme parks and renowned museums. Whether you settle along the English or French coast, an English Channel vacation rental offers a host of attractions and activities to keep you entertained.

Things to do

What a ride—brighten your day in Brighton

If you booked an English Channel vacation rental with kids, a trip to Brighton, England is an absolute must. Let the good times roll in the popular resort town whose famed Brighton Pier features an amusement park with carnival rides. Children can learn about marine life at Nausicaa, National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, home to 36,000 aquatic creatures. Marvel at the beauty of Mont Saint-Michel, the famed French rock island topped with an 8th-century monastery and accessible by foot at low tide. Finally, pay your respects to fallen World War II heroes at the Normandy war cemeteries.


Island hopping—fun for the whole family and more

Coastal towns on both sides of the channel offer a variety of family-friendly activities, including horseback riding, cycling, and miniature golf. OpalAventure in Camiers, France, lets you soar across zipline and treetop obstacle courses. Your English Channel vacation rental also places you near an array of water-based adventures, including swimming, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, waterskiing, and deep-sea fishing. The Channel Islands, five British islands located off the coast of France, feature extensive beachfront walking trails. From April through May, the region also hosts the Channel Islands Heritage Festival, when historical sites on the islands provide extensive guided tours.


Channeling cool temperatures throughout the year

The weather along the English Channel is often gloomy, cloudy, and damp, particularly from October to April. Daytime highs in the winter typically top out at around mid-50s, with lows dropping into the low 20s. The cool period may also bring strong winds and dense fog. Summers sees warmer weather and sunny skies, but even then, daytime highs rarely exceed the high 60s. You should always keep an umbrella handy as rain falls steadily throughout the year, averaging anywhere from 30 to 40 inches annually.

Natural features

Coast, coves, and cliffs cling to the Channel

Numerous bodies of water jet off the English Channel, including various bays, straits, coves, harbors, and gulfs. Paris' famed Seine river also flows into the Channel. In addition to such major islands as the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, the Channel is home to several small islets set just off France's shoreline. On both sides of the channel, the diverse coast features a variety of landscapes, including rocky outcrops, pebble beaches, sandy shores, and the world-famous chalky White Cliffs of Dover. The channel waters play host to such wildlife as seals, whales, dolphins, and terns.

Where to stay around English Channel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,214 vacation rentals near English Channel. From 2,970 Houses to 118 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near English Channel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in English Channel?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in English Channel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • France: 228,664 vacation rentals
  • United Kingdom: 93,670 vacation rentals
  • England: 71,981 vacation rentals
  • Cornwall: 10,425 vacation rentals
  • Normandy: 8,741 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in English Channel! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in English Channel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in English Channel:

  • Bath: 891 rentals
  • Bayeux: 582 rentals
  • Brighton: 792 rentals
  • Saint Ives: 2,069 rentals
  • Jersey: 15 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to English Channel?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in English Channel are:

  • Gatwick Airport (LGW): 633 vacation rentals
  • Winchester (WNC-Winchester Bus Station): 498 vacation rentals
  • Le Touquet Paris Plage Airport (LTQ): 1,468 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in English Channel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in English Channel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Claude Monet's Garden: 185 rentals
  • Omaha Beach: 996 rentals
  • Dartmoor National Park: 2,623 rentals
  • Highclere Castle: 250 rentals
  • Stonehenge: 393 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around English Channel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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