Britain’s favourite seaside town 2019

Britain’s favourite seaside town 2019 BLOG 14th June 2019

Britain’s favourite seaside town has just been named

The small village of Bamburgh in Northumberland has been revealed as the UK’s favourite seaside town in Which?’s annual travel report.

The small village of Bamburgh in Northumberland has been revealed as the UK’s favourite seaside town in Which?’s annual travel report.

Loved for its untouched shores and historical castle, it’s no surprise the picture-perfect coastal town topped the list. It was rated as the overall winner for its quality of food, beach, seafront, peacefulness and value for money (the average hotel here costs £92 per night).

For the study, Which? surveyed over 3,000 visitors, asking them about their most recent UK beach trips. Other locations also loved by tourists include Devon, Cornwall, Suffolk and Fife in Scotland.

It’s also great news for Wales, as four Welsh seaside towns made the top 20. From Italian Riviera-inspired Portmeirion to Llandudno and breathtaking beaches in Pembrokeshire, it shows that Wales is also one of the UK’s favourite holiday spots.

Coming in at the bottom of the list is Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, followed by Bognor Regis in West Sussex and Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Visitors felt these destinations were overpriced, too loud and didn’t provide enough attractions.

Did your local seaside town make the top 10? See the full list below.

10 top favourite seaside towns in the UK

  1. Bamburgh, Northumberland
  2. Portmeirion, Wales
  3. Dartmouth, Devon
  4. North Berwick, East Lothian
  5. St Mawes, Cornwall
  6. Beer, Devon
  7. St Andrews, Fife
  8. Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  9. Southwold, Suffolk
  10. Tenby, Pembrokeshire

10 least favourite seaside towns in the UK

  1. Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
  2. Bognor Regis, West Sussex
  3. Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
  4. Skegness, Lincolnshire
  5. Fleetwood, Lancashire
  6. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
  7. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  8. Margate, Kent
  9. Morecambe, Lancashire
  10. Minehead, Somerset

By Lisa Walden

To Me…

But The Rough Guide who I highly respect as a travel guide have a slightly different idea and list Britain’s 30 Best Seaside Towns:

Days out at the seaside, bucket and spade in hand, are a great British tradition. From beach huts and lidos to long piers jutting out into the ocean, Britain’s seaside towns offer everything from traditional fun to tongue-in-cheek kitsch. If you’re planning an escape to the coast, start with our pick of the best seaside towns in Britain.

  1. Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
  2. Southwold, Suffolk
  3. Porthmadog, Gwynedd
  4. Whitstable, Kent
  5. Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  6. Shanklin, the Isle of Wight
  7. Hastings, East Sussex
  8. Pittenweem, Fife
  9. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire
  10. Crosby, Merseyside
  11. Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire
  12. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
  13. Lochinver, Scotland
  14. Folkestone, Kent
  15. New Brighton, Merseyside
  16. Bournemouth, Dorset
  17. Margate, Kent
  18. Portmeirion, Gwynedd
  19. Filey, North Yorkshire
  20. St Ives, Cornwall
  21. Salcombe, Devon
  22. Plockton, Ross and Cromarty
  23. Brighton, Sussex
  24. Stromness, Orkney
  25. Llandudno, Conwy County Borough
  26. Ilfracombe, Devon
  27. Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire
  28. Weymouth, Dorset
  29. Padstow, Cornwall
  30. Portree (Skye), Inner Hebrides



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