This quiet seaside town has been voted the best UK summer destination

As we still wait for news on whether international travel is a go or not this summer, many of us have turned our attention to the holiday wonders of the UK, planning staycation trips across the country with friends and family. If that’s you and you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got just the place.

Britain is full of lovely seaside towns to enjoy no matter the weather (though the sun does make a huge difference), but which one is considered the best? According to a new reader survey by Which?, one particular destination outshines them all and honestly, the result may very well surprise you.

Bamburgh
Bamburgh. Image: Getty Images

After asking readers to rate the beach, attractions, scenery and value for money for nearly 100 seaside towns and villages across the UK, Bamburgh in Northumberland was named as the best English seaside town to visit this summer. Described as ‘the British seaside at its low-key best’, Which? said of Bamburg: ‘[There’s] nothing to do here except walk, run, let the dog off the lead, or sit behind a windbreak with a Thermos and watch the waves roll in.’

Bamburgh
Bamburgh. Image: Getty Images

The town is known for its famous castle and walking trails but is also loved for its soft sandy beach. It was closely followed on the top ten list by Dartmouth in Devon and Tyne and Wear’s Tynemouth as the second and third best seaside towns, according to the survey.

Here’s the complete top ten list:

  1. Bamburgh, Northumberland

  2. Dartmouth, Devon

  3. Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

  4. St Andrews, Fife

  5. Aberaeon, Ceredigon

  6. North Berwick, East Lothian

  7. Rye, East Sussex

  8. Filey, North Yorkshire

  9. Southwold, Suffolk

  10. St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Bamburgh
Bamburgh. Image: Getty Images

Discussing the survey results of the best seaside town in the UK, Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: ‘Many of us discovered the joy of a British summer holiday last year and the trend looks set to continue well into this summer. The results of our survey show that bigger is rarely better, with smaller and less crowded resorts taking the top spots over better-known destinations.’

Right, we’re off to look at Airbnbs to rent in Bamburgh!