Britain's best seaside towns
Britain's best seaside towns
We asked Which? members to rate the beach, attractions, seafront and scenery for nearly 100 seaside towns and villages in the UK, to find out which is best for a beach break or a day out.
Nearly 3,000 visitors told us about recent UK trips to seaside towns, villages and resorts, rating Bamburgh in Northumberland top of the table.
Wales did well overall, with 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.
Worried about the Welsh weather? Then head to East Anglia. The wrap of wild sandy beaches that surround its coastline means both Suffolk and Norfolk have two places each in the top 20.
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Bamburgh: Britain's best seaside town
You only need look at the picture above to see why: what a beach. It's wild and unspoilt with views to the Farne Islands in one direction and imposing Bamburgh Castle dominating the other.
If you're the kind of person who thinks a good walk by the sea blows away all manner of cobwebs, then this is the perfect spot for you to wrap up and stride forth, with its long, dramatic sweep of sand.
There's been a castle here in one form or another since the 6th century. The current one dates mostly from the end of the 1800s when it was rebuilt by Lord Armstrong, whose descendents own it today. Don't miss the impressive armoury and medieval kitchen.
UK's best and worst seaside towns: the full list
Find out how your favourite coastal town fared in our table below. Click on the link at the bottom to see even more ratings, including food and drink, seafront, attractions and entertainment.
|The best and worst British seaside towns, as rated by you|
|Destination||Avg hotel rate||Beach||Accommodation||Attractions||Scenery||Peace and quiet||Value for money||Town score|
|North Berwick, East Lothian||£143||83%|
|St Mawes, Cornwall||£105||83%|
|St Andrews, Fife||£129||82%|
|Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire||£101||78%|
|Saint Davids, Pembrokeshire||£96||78%|
|Rye, East Sussex||£120||77%|
|St Ives, Cornwall||£160||77%|
|Whitby, North Yorkshire||£101||76%|
|Lyme Regis, Dorset||£121||75%|
|Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire||£94||75%|
|Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear||£64||75%|
|Lytham St Annes, Lancashire||£99||73%|
|Filey, North Yorkshire||£73||72%|
|Oban, Argyll and Bute||£109||na||72%|
|Scarborough, North Yorkshire||£75||72%|
|Brighton, East Sussex||£116||69%|
|Eastbourne, East Sussex||£64||68%|
|Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear||£61||66%|
|Shanklin, Isle of Wight||£76||64%|
|Ayr, South Ayrshire||£76||63%|
|New Brighton, Merseyside||£83||63%|
|Ventnor, Isle of Wight||£107||63%|
|Hastings, East Sussex||£87||62%|
|Worthing, West Sussex||£81||60%|
|Herne Bay, Kent||£121||58%|
|Littlehampton, West Sussex||£138||57%|
|Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire||£65||56%|
|Great Yarmouth, Norfolk||£69||53%|
|Bognor Regis, West Sussex||£96||47%|
Using the table: Star ratings range from one to five. A dash (–) indicates we didn’t receive enough responses to provide a rating.
Town score Based on a combination of overall satisfaction and how likely people are to recommend the city as a holiday destination.