UK beachesHoliday Which?'s top beaches

09 May 2006

Holiday Which? has published its UK top ten favourite beaches in this month's issue, published today.

In England, our researchers praised the historic port of Whitby, north Yorkshire, while Wells-next-the-Sea won out for its 'wide open skies, salt marshes and miles of golden sand' on the Norfolk coastline. Frinton-on-Sea, in Essex, is a 'clean, safe and quiet' resort that harks back to the fifties.

The Holiday Which? team found Swanage in Dorset to be a 'laid back resort' with a gently shelving beach and stunning coastal walks.

Next up were Sidmouth in Devon, an 'elegant Regency town, flanked by glorious coastal cliff scenery', and St Ives in Cornwall, with beaches that are 'perfect for surfers', while Tate St Ives provided diversion for non-surfers.

Visitors to South Wales can enjoy Tenby's 'medieval town centre and three gorgeous Blue Flag beaches', or, in North Wales, the walks and beaches beneath Snowdonia's peaks at Abersoch.

Rothesay on Scotland's Isle of Bute is a 'splendid Victorian island resort' with fine scenery and deserted beaches, while Portrush in Northern Ireland offers 'safe bathing, clean white sand and stylish dining'.