What’s your favourite seaside destination for a long weekend away? Blackpool, Scarborough and Bournemouth are amongst the most popular in the UK, according to a recent survey.


Over 6,000 UK hotels and B&Bs took part in a recent survey that indicates the nation’s favourite destinations for long weekend getaways. The results show that the quintessential British seaside break is still as popular as ever, with beach resorts taking 12 of the top 20 destinations visited the most by tourists.

In first place was Blackpool, with Torquay taking fourth place, Scarborough sixth and Weymouth seventh.

Llandudno and Great Yarmouth came ninth and tenth respectively, followed by Shanklin in at 11, Newquay at 12, and Bournemouth at 14. Paignton ranked in 16th place, Whitby at 17, and Brighton in at number 19.

Here’s a visual look at the nation’s favourite seaside resorts… which ones take your fancy?

1st place: Views of the iconic tower at Blackpool beach in Lancashire.


4th place: Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon. It’s coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera.

Scarborough Harbour.

6th place: Colourful boats in Scarborough Harbour, Yorkshire.


7th place: Weymouth, a seaside town with a sandy beach in Dorset.

Llandudno Pier

9th place: Llandudno Pier, a Grade II listed pier in the seaside resort of Llandudno, North Wales.
(Photo credit: VisitBritain/Visit Wales Image Centre).


Great Yarmouth

10th place: Great Yarmouth, a coastal town in Norfolk, which has been a seaside resort since 1760.


11th place: Shanklin - a popular seaside resort on the Isle of Wight, located on Sandown Bay.


12th place: Newquay in Cornwall, well known for being a great place for surfing.

Sweep of Bournemouth Bay

14th place: A bird’s eye view of the sandy Bournemouth Bay, Dorset.

paignton pier

16th place: No visit to Paignton in Devon is complete without a stroll along the traditional Paignton Pier.

99 Steps whitby

17th place: Sweeping views of the harbour and town of Whitby in Yorkshire, from the top of ‘199 Steps’.


19th place: Colourful beach huts on the front at Brighton, Sussex.
(Photo credit: Visit England and Andrew Marshall).

Find even more seaside inspiration in the Group Leisure & Travel Summer Planning Guide.

Lead image: Weymouth. (Photo credit: VisitEngland/Weymouth and Portland Borough Council/John Snelling).

This survey was undertaken by online booking specialists eviivo.