Bamburgh in Northumberland has come top in a survey of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations, with Which? members voting it the best from a list of nearly 100 seaside towns and villages.
The annual survey has become a ruler by which the merits of the UK’s coastal resorts can be measured, and those looking for a beautiful getaway can get some handy hints from the results. After all, as an island nation, we have plenty of seaside destinations to choose from!
So, which towns and villages made the top echelons – and where is best for peace and quiet, or scenery and views.
1. Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Overlooked by Bamburgh Castle, the pristine sands of Bamburgh beach stretch for three miles, and a bracing North Sea wind runs into the bank of dunes that run along the shoreline.
It’s easy to see why this would be a favourite destination – the beach is big enough that even in the height of summer, it’s unlikely to be too crowded.
For history lovers, these ancient shores and the Celtic origins of Bamburgh Castle offer plenty of interest. The castle has featured on screen a good number of times, including two film adaptations of the Scottish play, in 1971 and 2015 respectively.
The memorial of Grace Darling, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter who saved survivors from a shipwreck in 1838, sits in the churchyard of St Aidan’s Church within Bamburgh village.