Britain’s best seaside towns are revealed as holidaymakers praise Top Spot’s ‘spectacular’ beach

The UK’s best seaside cities for 2022 have been revealed in a new which survey, with top spots in Northumberland, Conwy, Fife, Devon, Cornwall and more hotspots to stay in

A view of Bamburgh Beach and Castle from a distant hilltop with a bench
Bamburgh has been voted Britain’s Best Seaside Town

Among other things, Bamburgh has been voted the best seaside town in Great Britain visit in 2022, as seen by holidaymakers in a new which? Opinion poll.

The study, which included 4,303 respondents, ranked coastal locations based on a range of factors including hotel prices, beaches, food and drink options, boardwalk, tourist attractions, shopping, scenery and value, with Bamburgh scoring an impressive 87%. .

Not surprisingly, the Northumberland town has proved so popular. It actually held the title in which 2021 rankings and recently became known as one of Europe’s top 10 beaches. Oh, and not to mention it’s one of our top picks The most beautiful seaside towns in Great Britain on your Staycation radar.

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Bamburgh Beach has a pristine stretch of golden sand that attracts sun-seekers in the summer months, which respondents described as “spectacular” and “imposing”, all enhanced by the fact that the shore looks onto historic Bamburgh Castle on a nearby cliff.

(The region is popular with hikers).

In the winter months it has even been called one of the best Best Places in the UK to See the Northern Lights.

Of course, not only Bamburgh was a hit.

Bamburgh Castle and Beach in Northumberland


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Welsh seaside towns were also popular with holidaymakers, with three of the top six most popular seaside towns in Wales.

Llandudno took the silver medal with a score of 86% and was praised by holidaymakers for the “unmatched” views of the Great Orme, a limestone tongue that rises to nearly 700 feet (you can either walk or take a cable car to the top) as well as the budget-friendly offer in terms of hotel, gastronomy and gastronomy.

St Andrews in Scotland took third place on the podium with a score of 84% and was one of three places to achieve five stars for food and drink thanks to the multitude of cafes and restaurants across the city.

Top 25 Best British Seaside Cities

  1. Hamburg, Northumberland
  2. Llandudno, Conwy
  3. St Andrews, Fife
  4. Dartmouth, Devon
  5. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
  6. St Davids, Pembrokeshire
  7. Aldeburg, Suffolk
  8. Filey, North Yorkshire
  9. Conwy, Conwy
  10. Lyme Regis, Dorset
  11. Lynmouth, Devon
  12. Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  13. Robin Hood’s Bay, Nottinghamshire
  14. Southwold, Suffolk
  15. St Mawes, Cornwall
  16. Lymington, Hampshire
  17. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  18. Whitby, North Yorkshire
  19. Beaumaris, Anglesey
  20. North Berwick, East Lothian
  21. Sidmouth, Devon
  22. Rye, East Sussex
  23. Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
  24. Blakeney, Norfolk
  25. Bude, Cornwall

Rory Boland, editor of which? Travel, said: “The British coast hasn’t boomed like this since the 1960s. Holidaymakers have had such a fantastic time in their caravans, tents and beach huts over the last two years that a seaside holiday on their home shore is on the horizon for many even as restrictions on international travel have been lifted.

“Prices to stay in the UK have gone up, but there is no need to overpay. For a vacation on a budget, it’s best to aim for an off-season trip. Head down to one of the many budget resorts with a bucket and spade, an empty stomach for the cotton candy and a stack of 2p coins and make your fortune on the slot machines.”

For more information and the full lists, see The results are based on a survey of 4,303 people. Connect members conducted in January 2022.

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