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Revealed: The UK's favourite seaside destinations

Seaside  View fields and village towards castle, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Seaside destinations: Topping the charts for the third consecutive year is Northumberland’s Bamburgh. Photo: Getty (imageBROKER/Dave Pressland, imageBROKER)

Bamburgh as been named the nation’s favourite seaside destination, with the Northumberland village beating 118 locations for the spot.

It received the maximum of five stars for its beaches, seafront, accommodation, peace and quiet, scenery and value for money – with an overall score of 88% from consumer body Which?.

It also secured five stars for peace and quiet, meaning day trippers never have to jostle for a spot. One beachgoer commented that there is "super-soft sand that stretches as far as the eye can see, and there is plenty of space, so the beach never feels crowded."

It is the third consecutive time that Bamburgh has topped this ranking of UK seaside destinations.


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Devon’s Dartmouth was runner-up with a score of 85%, while in third place was Portstewart in Londonderry, Northern Ireland with 84%.

Dartmouth secured a five-star rating for scenery and accommodation, and was awarded four stars for shopping, its seafront, food and drink options and tourist attractions. It also earned three stars for value for money and peace and quiet.

Portstewart was said to have a wealth of tourist attractions on offer, including a championship golf course, and achieved an overall score of 84%. Visitors praised the "fantastic beach" as well as the selection of cafes “selling home-style baking”.

Tying in fourth place with a score of 83%are Portmeirion in Gwynedd, St Andrews in Fife, and Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear.

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At the other side of the list, Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and Skegness in Lincolnshire were tied for last place (both 48%), closely followed by Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset and Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland (both 49%).

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “Few countries can be home to such a diversity of brilliant seaside breaks.

“Whether you want world-class beaches and utter wilderness, or the bright lights and bucket and spade atmosphere of a resort, the UK has a seaside break made for you.

“What our survey shows is that it’s rarely the most famous destinations that visitors enjoy most.

“Try somewhere new this year and our survey shows you should find fewer crowds and better value.”

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