Forget kiss-me-quick hats, boulders and fairs – Britain’s most popular seaside spots now offer space, tranquility and pristine beaches.
Bamburgh in Northumberland, with its expansive views of the sandy beach and castle, has been named the country’s most popular coastal destination.
It is one of several smaller, less crowded vacation spots listed as the nation’s favorites to stay in a country.
Bamburgh in Northumberland pictured became the country’s most popular coastal destination in a Which? Precedence
Tables of which? this shows the ranking of nearly 100 coastal towns and villages across the UK
The survey of the members of Which? is bad news for louder and more traditional destinations, particularly Skegness, Weston-super-Mare, Ilfracombe, and Margate.
The survey of more than 4,000 people rated nearly 100 towns and villages and placed Bamburgh at the top with a customer rating of 85 percent, with five stars for its beaches, tourist attractions and scenery.
And it got an additional five stars for value for money, with accommodation prices half the price of some popular Cornish spots.
Visitors were particularly fond of the castle, and despite the small size of the village of Bamburgh, the vastness of its beach earned it four stars for peace and quiet, making it easy for visitors to distance themselves and avoid the busy crowds.
Other answers suggest that Bamburgh’s attraction has gotten around. Some encourage visitors to reserve tables in the restaurants in advance, as seats are often full, and arrive at the castle early to secure parking.
Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear (picture) took second place in the ranking. The visitors praised the selection and quality of the restaurants and restaurants on offer
Dartmouth, pictured, was runner-up together. Those who had been recommended to take a boat trip along the River Dart or the steam train from Paignton to get there
Visitors rated nearly 60 UK seaside destinations at 70 percent or more, while 30 were rated four or five stars for peace and quiet.
Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear took second place with Dartmouth in Devon. Both received an 84 percent visitor rating and five stars for their coastline, while Tynemouth received five stars for its beach and coastline and four stars for the scenery.
Visitors to Tynemouth praised the variety and quality of the restaurants and eateries on offer, as well as the market at the underground station on the weekend.
While those who had been in Dartmouth recommended taking a boat trip along the River Dart or the steam train from Paignton to get there.
St. Andrews has been named Scotland’s Best Beach Town. The “home of golf,” busier than some of the other destinations at the top of the table, has gained prominence thanks to its five-star tourist attractions.
St Andrews pictured was third in the ranking and was named Scotland’s Best Beach Town. It has been awarded four stars for its shopping, beaches, and value for money
The quiet port town of Aberaeron was named the best seaside town in Wales with an 82 percent customer rating
It has been awarded four stars for its shopping, beaches, and value for money. Those who wanted to beat the crowds were instructed by respondents to visit outside of semester time, when fewer students from the famous university are around.
Aberaeron was named the best seaside town in Wales with an 82 percent customer rating. The quiet port city received five stars for its landscape, with visitors lovingly commenting on the painted houses in pastel colors.
Skegness, who was at the bottom of the table for the second straight year, was stuck in the past. It received one low star for its tourist attractions and scenery, and its beach received three.
However, visitors noticed an improvement due to investments and renovations in the city center, as well as increased visitor numbers as more people vacationed in the UK.
At the bottom of the seaside resort ranking, Skegness was at the bottom for the second year in a row
Other destinations at the bottom of the table were Weston-super-Mare (pictured), Ilfracombe, and Margate
Respondents recognized the family-friendly appeal of Skegness and its amusements. One commenter described it as “unpretentious and a very pleasant place” and encouraged visitors to “soak up the old-fashioned 1950s vibe of a traditional English seaside town”.
Other targets at the bottom of the table were Weston-super-Mare (55 percent), Ilfracombe (56 percent), and Margate (57 percent).
The editor of Which? Travel, Rory Boland, said, “Many of us have discovered the joy of a UK summer vacation over the past year and the trend should continue well into this summer. The results of our survey show that bigger is rarely better, with smaller and less crowded resorts taking the lead ahead of more well-known destinations.
‘Given the crowds and prices at some of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations, the best news from the survey is how many highly rated destinations to choose.
“Whether you want a village with a beach or a big town with all the fish and chips you can eat, there is a fantastic place by the sea for you.”