Bournemouth tops list of UK's most loved beaches

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Bournemouth has been named the UK's best beach [Photo: Getty]

Holidaymakers take note, Bournemouth has been named the UK’s best beach.

According to a new study conducted by Day Out With the Kids, the southern hotspot ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a summer getaway.

Nearby Brighton came in second place with Torquay and Weymouth following closely behind.

While Blackpool represented the north at number five courtesy of the famous Pleasure Beach, array of moreish chippies and a plethora of old school penny slots.

But what else are people looking for in a seaside break?

Blackpool also made the list courtesy of its plethora of old fashioned arcades and family entertainment [Photo: Getty]

Beaches are unsurprisingly the most important factor to consider when it comes to booking a long weekend with 85% of us on the lookout for a clean, sandy place to (hopefully) sunbathe.

Of course, fish and chips are also high on the agenda with 70% of holidaymakers considering themselves chippy connaisseurs.

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While child-friendly places are equally as important with a number of families sure to flock to the beach during the school holidays.

Despite the great British weather, a decent amount of sunshine is also crucial for 65% of families with toilets close to the beach also pleasing 63% of us.

Other factors that need to be taken into consideration include amusement arcades (48%), a pier (48%), a Mr Whippy ice cream (40%) and sticks of pastel-hued rock to take home (15%).

Brighton in Sussex also made the cut at number two [Photo: Getty]

Interestingly, the study also revealed that 76% of Brits believe a day trip to the seaside is one of the best things you can do as a family with a number of parents hoping to recreate their childhood (25% of us hold fond memories of the beach).

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But we’re no longer heading overseas on the hunt for sea air, as 42% of Brits would actually prefer to stay home over summer instead of heading abroad.

Whitby flew the Yorkshire flag in the line-up [Photo: Getty]

While a further 88% of us would even consider moving to the seaside.

So without further ado, these are the top 25 UK seaside destinations:

  1. Bournemouth, Dorset

  2. Brighton, Sussex

  3. Torquay, Devon

  4. Weymouth, Dorset

  5. Blackpool, Lancashire

  6. St Ives, Cornwall

  7. Newquay, Cornwall

  8. Paignton, Devon

  9. Whitby, North Yorkshire

  10. Bognor Regis, West Sussex

  11. Weston Super Mare, Somerset and Bristol

  12. Bude, Cornwall

  13. Southend-on-Sea, Essex

  14. Skegness, Lincolnshire

  15. Hastings, East Sussex

  16. Tenby, Pembrokshire

  17. Llandudno, Conwy

  18. Padstow, Cornwall

  19. Woolacombe, Devon

  20. Exmouth, Devon

  21. Shanklin, The Isle of Wight

  22. Dawlish, Devon

  23. Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

  24. Margate, Kent

  25. Southwold, Suffolk

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