Seven Cornish towns ranked among UK’s best seaside resorts

Turns out we really love being by the sea, especially in Cornwall.

In total, seven of the county’s seaside resorts have been named in a list of the UK’s best beach towns for families.

Researchers at used a variety of factors including number of beaches, average temperature, family friendliness, cost of an ice cream, and number of Instagram hashtags to rank the best resorts in Grande- Brittany – with St Ives, Newquay and Bude among the highest. class.

The list was dominated by Bournemouth, Brighton, Torquay, Weymouth and Blackpool in the top five. St Ives and Newquay finished sixth and seventh, while Paignton, Whitby and Bognor Regis completed the top ten.

Bude was ranked 12th, Padstow 18th, Falmouth 30th, Perranporth 33rd and Polperro 39th, as the full list of 50 was revealed.

In addition to revealing the best beach destinations in the country, the study also revealed the key elements that make up the ideal seaside vacation, with a survey of more than 2,000 people.

Bella retrieving a tennis ball from the sea at Bamaluz beach, St Ives

Beaches were the most important, with 85% of the nation saying clean sandy beaches are the key to an ideal unforgettable beach holiday in the UK.

Kid-friendly places to grab a bite to eat and excellent fish and chips were both seen as equally important (70%), all of which are synonymous with a Cornish seaside break.

There are plenty of activities to keep us busy by the sea too, with sandcastle building topping the list of best seaside pastimes (78%), followed by fish and chip mockery (75%). ) and collecting shells and stones (73%).

Having an ice cream on the beach (72%), picnicking (65%) and just listening to the sound of the sea (65%) were also on the list of favorite seaside activities in the country.

Beach huts on Summerleaze Beach in Bude

Lisa O’Keeffe, Senior Brand & Content Manager at, said: “Going to sea is a big part of British childhood, and as research shows, it’s still a family favorite. British seaside resorts have benefited tremendously from the increase in stays over the past few years, and as the trend continues to grow, it is really exciting to see all of the towns on this list truly welcoming family visitors and improving their offerings.

“Cornwall is one of the first counties you think of when considering a seaside holiday, so we are delighted to name so many Cornish seaside resorts on our list of the best seaside towns.”

Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall, said: “Cornwall has been a favorite destination for families on vacation for decades, it is safe, beautiful, friendly and where lifelong family memories are created. We are delighted that so many towns in Cornwall are included on this list and look forward to welcoming even more families in the future.

The best seaside towns in the country – general ranking

  1. Bournemouth – Dorset
  2. Brighton – Sussex
  3. Torquay – Devon
  4. Weymouth – Dorset
  5. Blackpool – Lancashire
  6. St Ives – Cornwall
  7. Newquay – Cornwall
  8. Paignton – Devon
  9. Whitby – North Yorkshire
  10. Bognor Regis – West Sussex
  11. Weston Super Mare – Somerset and Bristol
  12. Bude – Cornwall
  13. Southend-on-Sea – Essex
  14. Skegness – Lincolnshire
  15. Hastings – East Sussex
  16. Tenby – Pembrokeshire
  17. Llandudno – Conwy
  18. Padstow – Cornwall
  19. Woolacombe – Devon
  20. Exmouth – Devon
  21. Shanklin – Isle of Wight
  22. Dawlish – Devon
  23. Robin Hood Bay – Yorkshire
  24. Margate – Kent
  25. Southwold – Suffolk

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