The 5 most popular coastal towns in the UK, according to Instagram

The UK has been blessed with a strong heatwave this summer and with the weather so good at home, there’s no need to travel far for a bit of vitamin D – especially with the amount of gorgeous coastal towns on our doorsteps.

To help you decide where to spend your next staycation, Premier Inn has announced the most popular seaside destinations in the country, so grab a pen and take notes.

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Whether you’re after a laid-back weekend away by the beach, or a classic English seaside experience with nostalgic piers and arcades, there is something for everyone. But with so much choice, it can be hard to narrow down the best. Luckily, Premier Inn has analysed social media data to reveal the most Instagrammed coastal towns in the UK.

After looking at the number of hashtags used for every coastal town since the beginning of the year, the hotel chain found the top 30 destinations, with the top five made up of Brighton, East Sussex (250,035 posts), Bournemouth, Dorset (62,960 posts), Newquay, Cornwall  (27,480 posts), Southsea, Hampshire (26,420 posts) and Blackpool, Lancashire (26,250 posts).

Here’s what you can expect from each town…

  1. Brighton, East Sussex

As a mix between a classic seaside and a vibrant town, Brighton can be enjoyed both by day and night. Not only is it filled with award-winning restaurants, historic landmarks and lively bars, but the town is known for its electric nightlife. After you’ve visited the famous pebble beach and Brighton’s two piers (the Palace and West Pier), take a stroll round the colourful North Laine for a mix of independent shops and cool cafes.

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2. Bournemouth, Dorset

Bournemouth is among England’s most popular seaside resorts, with many families visiting the town during the summer months. Thanks to its seven miles of sandy beaches, it’s easy to imagine that you’re abroad when you’re there. And with the wealth of activities along the coastline such as crazy golf, zip lines and arcades to enjoy, there’s never a dull moment.

3. Newquay, Cornwall

Anyone who has been to Newquay will know that it is a surfer’s paradise – and with its beaches regularly voted as the best in the UK, it’s no wonder why this coastal town has made the top five. Whether you’re a surfing pro or a complete virgin to the sport, Newquay is the best place to pick up the skill with both excellent waves for those who know what they’re doing and a number of surf schools that can teach you the basics for those who don’t.

4. Southsea, Hampshire

As well as a beautiful shoreline, the historic town of Southsea boasts a wonderful mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Albert Road is a great place to head to for a lovely spot of antiques and vintage shopping.

5. Blackpool, Lancashire

Despite what we’re told on Strictly Come Dancing, Blackpool is a lot more than a prime location for ballroom dancing. The northern town is full of charm and activity opportunities as well as a popular beach – Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Pleasure Beach are two of the most famous attractions that bring in thousands of tourists a year.

See the full list of the 30 most popular coastal towns in the UK below…

  1. Brighton, East Sussex – 250,035 posts
  2. Bournemouth, Dorset – 62,960 posts
  3. Newquay, Cornwall – 27,480 posts
  4. Southsea, Hampshire – 26,420 posts
  5. Blackpool, Lancashire – 26,250 posts
  6. Eastbourne, East Sussex – 23,250 posts
  7. Hastings, East Sussex – 22,130 posts
  8. Margate, Kent – 21,540 posts
  9. Falmouth, Cornwall – 18,950 posts
  10. Poole, Dorset – 17,650 posts
  11. Worthing, West Sussex – 17,220 posts
  12. Torquay, Devon – 15,440 posts
  13. Whitstable, Kent – 13,590 posts
  14. Whitby, North Yorkshire – 13,430 posts
  15. Weymouth, Dorset – 11,020 posts
  16. Llandudno, North Wales – 10,580 posts
  17. Folkestone, Kent – 10,110 posts
  18. Tenby, South Wales – 9,310 posts
  19. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – 7,890 posts
  20. Padstow Cornwall – 7,600 posts
  21. Oban, Scotland – 7,480 posts
  22. Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear – 7,410 posts
  23. Aberystwyth, West Wales – 6,610 posts
  24. Sandbanks, Dorset – 6,440 posts
  25. Exmouth, Devon – 6,430 posts
  26. Portrush, Northern Ireland – 5,940 posts
  27. Dartmouth, Devon – 5,310 posts
  28. Herne Bay, Kent – 4,790 posts
  29. Seaford, East Sussex – 3,890 posts
  30. Skegness, Lincolnshire – 3,170 posts