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St Mawes is named as the UK's best seaside resort

St Mawes is named as the UK's best seaside resort

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:34am 20th July 2020.

The village of St Mawes in Cornwall has been named as the UK's best seaside resort.

Almost 4,000 people rated coastal destinations on factors including the beach, attractions, scenery and value for money in a Which? survey.

The consumer organisation says St Mawes is not a typical example of the British seaside, because it does not have a sandy beach, pier or arcade.

But with a population of under 1,000, it was awarded a maximum five stars for peace and quiet and an overall score of 85%.

Nowhere else in Cornwall made the top 10 on the list.

Dartmouth in Devon was second, while two Suffolk destinations were third and fourth - Southwold and Aldeburgh.

Bamburgh in Northumberland was fifth, followed by Blakeney in Norfolk.

St Andrews was in seventh place, and St Davids eighth.

Skegness was bottom - scoring just a single star in all categories but one - with Great Yarmouth and Clacton-on-Sea just above it.

The survey was carried out before the coronavirus pandemic, meaning social distancing was not a factor in the results.

Some favourite hotspots, such as St Ives (79%) and Salcombe (71%), were beaten by often overlooked villages such as Tynemouth (81%), near Newcastle upon Tyne, which got five stars for its sandy beach, seafront and scenery.

Average hotel rates were also noted, with Dartmouth coming in at £150 a night, St Ives £164, Whitby £84 and Skegness just £65.


Top 10 destinations:

  1. St Mawes, Cornwall
  2. Dartmouth, Devon
  3. Southwold, Suffolk
  4. Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  5. Bamburgh, Northumberland
  6. Blakeney, Norfolk
  7. St Andrews, Fife
  8. St Davids, Pembrokeshire
  9. Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
  10. Beer, Devon


Bottom 10 destinations:

  1. Skegness, Lincolnshire
  2. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  3. Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
  4. Bognor Regis, West Sussex
  5. Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
  6. Blackpool, Lancashire
  7. Littlehampton, West Sussex
  8. Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
  9. Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
  10. Morecambe, Lancashire

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