Cornwall failed to crack the top ten of one of Britain’s last best seaside towns – and has been called ‘old but outdated’. More than 4,303 Which one? Connect members took part in the survey where they were asked to rate the beach, attractions, scenery, value for money – and more – for nearly 100 seaside towns and villages across the country.
In a statement on their website, a spokesperson for Which? wrote: “15 of nearly 100 UK destinations have been awarded four or five stars for peace and quiet. This will be particularly valuable given that uncertainty over overseas travel in recent years has seen a boom reservations in national stays.
“Perhaps this is one of the reasons why lesser-known spots such as Aldeburgh in Suffolk and Filey in North Yorkshire have moved up our rankings, replacing old but outdated favorites in Cornwall.”
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The tiny Northumberland village of Bamburgh retains the title of Britain’s best beach destination, with a destination score of 87%. The top ten includes other areas including; Dartmouth in Devon, Tenby in Pembrokeshire and Filey in North Yorkshire.
In 15th place is St Mawes in Cornwall with a destination score of 79%. The survey gives St Mawes an average hotel price of £249, five stars for the seafront, three stars for food and drink, two stars for tourist attractions, five stars for scenery, one star for shopping, four stars for peace and quiet and three for value for money.
Bude is also on the list with a destination score of 75%. The survey gives Bude an average hotel price of £112 with five stars for the beaches. Four stars for the waterfront, three stars for food and drink, two for tourist attractions, four for scenery, three for shopping, three for peace and quiet, and three for value for money.
Further down the rankings were some household names from Cornwall. Fowey and Looe were ranked on the list, both with a destination score of 74%. The average hotel price in Looe was £124 and that in Fowey around £178.
Mevigassey in Cornwall was also featured with a destination score of 72% and an average hotel price of 101. Falmouth and St Ives achieved a destination score of 30%.
While Padstow, Penzance and Newquay all made the list with a destination score below 65%.
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 is better to aim for an off-season trip. Head to one of the many bargain 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.
For more information on the rankings, click here.
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