The great escape: Britain’s love affair with the seaside holiday

The British were the first to head for the seaside in their thousands. John K Walton reveals how growing prosperity and the birth of the railways brought the delights of donkey rides, peep shows and Punch and Judy within the reach of the masses

A poster produced for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) promoting express rail travel to the Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool, the world’s first working-class seaside resort. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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