Bamburgh has topped our Travel survey of British seaside towns, but do you agree with the results? What’s your favourite UK coastal destination?
Bamburgh was rated the best seaside destination in the UK, and one glance at the landscape reveals why: what a beach!
It’s wild and unspoilt, with views to the Farne Islands in one direction and imposing Banburgh Castle dominating the other.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks a good walk by the sea will blow away all manner of cobwebs, then this is the perfect spot for you to wrap up and stride forth.
‘Head to Wales’
Elsewhere in our survey, Wales had four seaside towns in the top 20, from the Italian Riviera-inspired Portmeirion and reassuring seaside tradition of Llandudno to beaches in Pembrokeshire that rival anywhere in the world.
🏴 📌 Llandudno, Conwy.
This grand Victorian town is the traditional British seaside experience at its best.
Stay in locally run B&Bs, visit the family-owned pubs and stroll the handsome promenade and historic wooden pier. pic.twitter.com/zCny7FVZjI
— Which? Travel (@WhichTravel) May 1, 2019
Price pays a part as well; all four Welsh destinations got four or more starts for value for money. That’s no surprise when the average cost of a hotel room is around £100 in every one of them.
To put that in perspective, members told us they paid around £160 in Cornwall’s St Ives.
If you’re worried about the Welsh weather, East Anglia is another good bet. The wrap of wild sandy beaches that surround its coastline means Norfolk has three entires in the top 20 and Suffolk has two.
In some of them, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
🇬🇧 📌 Sheringham, Norfolk.
Pleasantly frozen in a bygone age, it's hard to resist a ride on the North Norfolk Railway.
The steam train runs from Victorian Sheringham to the Georgian town of Holt. pic.twitter.com/lPaogzLeuM
— Which? Travel (@WhichTravel) April 30, 2019
Where are your favourites?
Nearly 3,000 people in our survey rated 10 categories, such as the quality of the beach, attractions, scenery, food and drink and peace and quiet.
Does your favourite destination feature in the full results? You can take a look at them here.
Do you agree with Bamburgh coming out on top? If not, where would you rate as the UK’s number one seaside town? Have we missed any hidden gems?
Let us know in the comments here and we’ll take a look. We’ll also be continuing to share photos of the top 20 destinations on our Twitter account – so keep an eye out, and let us know any suggestions for places to feature!