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This seaside town has been voted the best to visit this summer


This spot in Northumberland tops the list (Picture: Getty)

Planning a trip to the beach this summer?

The UK has some brilliant spots to offer, with many boasting picturesque coastal walks and seafood delights. 

So, if you’re struggling with which sunny town to choose, Which?’s latest reader survey might come in handy. 

Ahead of summer holiday season, Which? asked readers to rate the beach, attractions, scenery and value for money for nearly 100 seaside towns and villages across the UK.

And the results are in. 

Of course, favourites Cornwall and Devon did well in the overall rankings – but the one that came in top position is a lesser-known location. 

Bamburgh in Northumberland topped the list – with its historic castle and spacious beach as key selling points.

Several spots on the Welsh coast and Scottish Highlands also made it into the top 10.

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.’

Here’s a round-up of the top coastal towns in the Which? survey…

1. Bamburgh, Northumberland

Bamburgh secured first place (Picture: Getty)

Bamburgh’s famous castle, walking trails and prize-winning sandy beach secured it the top spot with Which? voters. The beach is big, too, so it’s rarely crowded – which will no doubt suit social distancing this summer.

2. Dartmouth, Devon

Could be a postcard (Picture: Getty)

Of course Devon features within the top 10. It might not have a beach but the adorable harbour and lively town centre makes it a popular choice. 

3. Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Lovely stretches of beach (Picture: Getty)

This historical location is home to Priory Castle as well as a lovely selection of restaurants and cafes – there are also three separate beaches to choose from.

4. St Andrews, Fife

A popular choice (Picture: Getty)

This Scottish resort has plenty to explore, with a world-famous university and a buzzy town centre. 

5. Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Venture to Wales (Picture: Getty)

Great for food, natural wonders and stunning landscapes, this seaside town is found on Wales’ west coast.

6. North Berwick, East Lothian

Plenty to do (Picture: Getty)

North Berwick was recently named the best place to live in Scotland by The Sunday Times. So it’s hardly a surprise it makes it onto this list, with its award-winning attractions, amazing wildlife and rich history.

7. Rye, East Sussex

Insta-worthy (Picture: Getty)

This chocolate box town is home to charming pubs and historical streets lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. It’s dripping in appeal.

8. Filey, North Yorkshire

So much beach to choose from (Picture: Getty)

With Edwardian architecture and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see the popularity of this Northern town. 

9. Southwold, Suffolk

A crowd-pleasing spot (Picture: Getty)

This sweet seaside town boasts a famous pier, lighthouse and beach huts – don’t forget to stop off for an afternoon tea, too.

10. St Davids, Pembrokeshire

So picturesque (Picture: Getty)

It might be the smallest city in Britain, but this town packs a punch with an impressive cathedral and an array of quaint shops – not to mention stunning scenery.

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