The best and worst seaside resorts in Britain named with St Mawes in Cornwall at the top and Skegness at the bottom

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A Cornish village with a population of less than 1,000 has triumphed over some of the country’s most famous seaside resorts in the annual Which? One of the best coastal destinations in the UK.

The consumer champion asked thousands of holidaymakers to rate their recent visits to over 100 UK seaside resorts based on a variety of factors including food and drink, the seafront, the beach, value for money and peace and tranquility.

St Mawes, in Cornwall, topped the most popular seaside destinations such as Salcombe or St Ives – earning five stars for its scenery, waterfront and peace and quiet – and an overall score of 85% for customers . At the bottom of the rankings was Skegness, who got an overall score of 44%.

St Mawes, pictured, has triumphed over some of the country’s most famous resorts in the annual Which? Of the UK’s best coastal destinations

A table by which?  showing the full ranking of UK beach destinations.  Ranking was based on factors such as food and drink, waterfront, beach, value for money, and peace and quiet

A table by which? showing the full ranking of UK seaside destinations. Ranking was based on factors such as food and drink, waterfront, beach, value for money, and peace and quiet

Those who visited St Mawes recommended eating crab sticks at Mr Scorse’s grocery store and spotting dolphins on the ferry to Falmouth, but admitted to whom? that avoiding the high season was the best way to dodge the crowds.

Dartmouth, arguably one of the top 10 most famous destinations, and home to Agatha Christie, got 84% and came in second.

Which? said those who visited drew attention to the steam trains and delicious seafood, but advised using the park and ride service as finding a parking space in town is “almost impossible”.

For those looking to avoid already oversubscribed hotspots, especially those in Devon and Cornwall, which ones? says there are many beautiful and peaceful places to choose from, such as Southwold in second common position (84%) and Aldeburgh in fourth common position (83%). They both got top marks for the scenery and the peace and quiet.

Which? According to vacationers, the excellent food and drink on offer at Southwold was highlighted – earning five stars in this category – along with the deliberate lack of ‘kiss me quick’ gimmicks.

Aldeburgh was praised for its peacefulness, with one saying Which ?: “There isn’t the usual seaside entertainment.” Another described it as “away from the crazy crowds of the South East. ‘England”.

Bamburgh in Northumberland (83 percent), which led last year’s rankings, has not fallen out of favor with visitors this year. It was rated five stars in almost every category.

A person summed up Bamburgh to whom? as “one of the most secret places in the UK”, adding that “Northumberland is exceptionally preserved and a British treasure”.

Dartmouth, pictured, came in second with those who visited saying Which?  that they were impressed by the steam trains and the delicious seafood

Dartmouth, pictured, came in second with those who visited saying who? that they were impressed by the steam trains and the delicious seafood

Suffolk seaside resort Southwold, pictured, came second in the rankings.  He was praised for his food and drink offer

The Suffolk resort town of Southwold, pictured, came second overall. He was praised for his offer of food and drink

St Andrews (81%), home to Scotland’s oldest university, was also in the top 10, with five full stars for food and drink, beautiful views and attractions including the world renown.

The Consumer Champion says those who visited praised West Sands Beach, which stretches nearly two miles and was made famous by the opening scene from the movie Chariots of Fire.

Visitors looking for peace and quiet were invited to check the timetables before the trip, as the city is much more lively when the students are there.

For an easier-going Scottish seaside destination, Oban (74%) might be a better option, explains Which?

It is best known as the ‘Gateway to the Islands’, thanks to its role as a hub for tourists to the Inner and Outer Hebridean Islands, but the consumer group says this seaside town has enough charm to justify being a vacation spot. on its own and also gets top marks for breathtaking landscapes.

Bamburgh in Northumberland, which topped last year's ranking, has been described as 'one of the UK's most secret places'

Bamburgh in Northumberland, which topped last year’s rankings, has been described as ‘one of the UK’s top places’

In Wales, St Davids (81%), Llandudno (80%), Tenby (79%) and Conwy (78%) all scored high, with many Welsh destinations scoring high for scenery and value. price quality.

Which? found that crowds can easily be avoided by missing more well-known destinations and heading further down the coast.

For example, instead of Llandudno and Conwy, Which? says fewer people will know about Criccieth, who scored a respectable 74%.

This city also received a full five-star rating for its stunning views, and being a little further away will also mean hotel rooms are a bit cheaper, says Which?

The top ranked Scottish destination was St Andrews, pictured, home to Scotland's oldest university.

The top ranked Scottish destination was St Andrews, pictured, home to Scotland’s oldest university.

Llandudno, one of the top ranked Welsh destinations, has been awarded five stars for its waterfront, value for money, scenery and tourist attractions.

Llandudno, one of the top ranked Welsh destinations, has been awarded five stars for its waterfront, value for money, scenery and tourist attractions.

Tynemouth (81%), 13 km northeast of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is also in the top 10, but often overlooked by holidaymakers.

This coastal town has received five stars almost everywhere, including for its sandy beach, which is popular with walkers and is a nationally recognized water sports center.

Meanwhile, Skegness, the most famous home of the original Butlins, earned a star rating in each category, except for the three stars for its beach.

Skegness, listed at the bottom of the photo, received a rating of one star in each category, with the exception of the `` beach '', for which it obtained three stars

Skegness, listed below, in the photo, received a rating of one star in each category, with the exception of the “beach”, for which it obtained three stars

While some of those who spoke to whom? were scathing in their comments, going as far as to say that the city of Lincolnshire was “to be avoided”, nature lovers emphasized the seal sanctuary and the bird watching in the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve.

Which? said that some spoke fondly of a “typical city for all ages” and a visitor said to the consumer champion: “Don’t be put off by the stereotypical views of Skegness. It is a lively and well maintained area.

Other iconic resorts with Victorian-era piers, game rooms and roller coasters also performed poorly, including Great Yarmouth (48%), Clacton-on-Sea (48%), Bognor Regis ( 49%) and Blackpool (53%).

Which? says the survey of more than 4,000 people – conducted before the coronavirus was locked – shows that British vacationers prefer peace and quiet to crowds, crazy golf and a roller coaster.

Great-Yarmouth, pictured, received a customer satisfaction rating of only 48%.

Great Yarmouth, pictured, finished second at the bottom of the charts, which had a customer satisfaction score of just 48%.

Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, pictured, was the second pool.  He only got one star in four of the categories

Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, pictured, was the second pool. He scored only one star in four of the categories

The consumer champion says it is also highlighting some of the lesser-known resorts that savvy travelers can escape to if they want to avoid busy beaches, bars and restaurants this summer.

Rory Boland, which one? travel editor said: ‘With many people choosing to vacation in the UK this summer, now is a good time to explore parts of the country that you may not have considered before and to extend our sandcastles beyond the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.

“As our survey shows, it’s the small seaside towns and villages with fewer visitors that vacationers love.

“Whether on the waves in Tynemouth or on the campsite in Criccieth, there are good options for those of us who want to stay away from the crowds this year, but still want to combine breathtaking scenery with sumptuous seafood.

“Remember that if you book your hotel or accommodation directly and over the phone, you can even get a discount or a free bottle of champagne. “

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