Bamburgh is once again leading the polls as Britain’s best beach destination.
The tiny Northumberland village, a well-known stunner in terms of beautiful scenery, ranks number one in the new Who? annual survey of Britain’s best beach destinations. And the ‘toast of the coast’ announcement comes just in time for the bank holiday weekend, when many people will be looking for a great place for a family day trip.
Results from the consumer brand’s 2022 survey revealed that Bamburgh – which it described as “a small village” with a population of just over 400 people – retained the winning title for a second year, with a whopping 87% overall destination score, based on the experiences of thousands of holidaymakers.
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The survey asked more than 4,300 visitors to rate the resorts they visited across a range of categories, including quality of beaches, beachfront, tourist attractions, food and drink, scenery, peace and quiet and value for money. He said Bamburgh, which also ranked number one in the 2021 survey, once again proved unbeatable for its beauty, with its wide sandy beach overlooked by a clifftop castle described as “spectacular” and “imposing” by respondents.
Next on the list was Llandudno, just second with a score of 86%, then St Andrews in Scotland in third place with 84%. Joint fourth place, with 83%, was Dartmouth and Tenby. In total, the British coastline stood out with 51 destinations with an impressive score of 70% or more.
Tynemouth got 73%; Seahouses 71% and Whitley Bay 70%. Further down the table, Skegness, Bognor Regis, Southend-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth and Burnham-on-Sea made up the bottom five, with destination scores no higher than 51%.
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: ‘The UK coastline hasn’t seen such a boom since the 1960s. Holidaymakers have had such a fantastic time in their caravans, tents and beach pavilions over the past two years that a coastal break on the home coasts is on the cards for many, even with the lifting of restrictions on foreign travel.
“Prices for a stay in the UK have gone up, but there’s no need to pay more. For a low-budget vacation, it’s best to aim for an off-season trip.”
He added: “Head to one of the many cheap resorts with your bucket and spade, an empty stomach for cotton candy and a stack of 2p coins and go strike it rich on the slot machines. under.” The findings are based on a January 2022 survey of 4,303 Which? Connect.
In another list of five budget beach destinations with hotels of £100 or less, Tynemouth received an overall score of 73% with an average hotel price per night of £78. On the coast, Berwick-upon-Tweed scored 75% with an average hotel cost per night of £88. For more information see here.