The ten best seaside resorts in the UK for your next stay
A SMALL village in Northumberland has been crowned the best seaside town in the UK in a public vote.
Bamburgh topped the charts with an overall score of 87% in a poll which ranked each destination’s beaches, value for money, food and drink and tourist attractions.
Which ? the top ten in the study also included tourist destinations such as Llandudno, St Andrews, Dartmouth and Tenby.
Surprisingly, Cornwall missed out on the top 10, with the tourist hotspot’s highest entry being St Mawes in 15th.
Here are the top 10 coastal towns and villages in the UK, based on a survey of over 4,000 Which one? members.
1. Bamburgh, Northumberland
Bamburgh was once the royal capital of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria.
Bamburgh Castle has been a popular tourist attraction, standing 150 feet above the coast for over 1,400 years.
2. Llandudno, Conwy
Llandudno is Wales’ largest seaside resort and its famous pier offers rides, arcades, shops and restaurants.
Every year over the May bank holiday weekend, Llandudno hosts a three-day Victorian Carnival with vintage fairground rides.
3. St. Andrews, Fife
Located on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, St Andrews is famous for its architecture and attractions.
Tourists can visit St Andrews Botanical Garden with over 8,000 native and exotic plant species.
4. Dartmouth, Devon
An idyllic town, Dartmouth is famous for its many independent shops and fine cuisine.
A popular choice for adrenaline seekers, Devon is one of the best places for rock climbing, horseback riding and rafting.
5. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby has been a must-visit leisure destination for over 200 years.
Steeped in ancient history, the city offers attractions such as wildlife parks, golf courses, and hiking trails that offer stunning views of the coastline.
6. St. Davids, Pembrokeshire
Ranked as Britain’s smallest town, St Davids is located on the west coast of Wales.
Boat trips are available to wild offshore islands where animal lovers can spot puffins, dolphins and whales.
7. Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Aldeburgh is known for its fantastic gastronomic offer, with many restaurants serving fish caught on the shingle beaches.
The town is an old Tudor port and its shipbuilders were responsible for many famous ships such as Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind.
8. Filey, North Yorkshire
With its long stretch of golden sand and picturesque views, Filey in North Yorkshire has become a popular tourist destination.
Quieter than other nearby resorts, Filey is the perfect escape from city life.
9. Conwy, Conwy
Conwy is located on the North Wales coast, the town being a World Heritage Site with its imposing castle and 13th century walls.
Conwy Town is also home to Britain’s smallest house, a popular tourist photo opportunity.
10. Lyme Regis, Dorset
Located along the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis hosts the annual Fossil Festival.
The city is the richest source of marine reptile, fish and insect fossils in the world.