LYME Regis has been ranked the 21st top seaside town in the UK, according to a new survey by consumer magazine ‘Which?’
The poll, which surveyed 3,700 people, named St Mawes in Cornwall as the top seaside town with Dartmouth and Southwold in Suffolk in second and third places respectively.
The survey was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic and each town was rated on its beach, attractions, scenery, peace and quiet and value for money.
Lyme Regis was placed 21st out of 105 towns, receiving an overall score of 77% with its statistics listed as follows:
- Average hotel rate £135
- Beach – 4/5
- Attractions – 4/5
- Scenery – 5/5
- Peace and quiet – 3/5
- Value for money 4/5
Lyme Regis was pipped to the post by neighbouring East Devon village Beer, which was placed 10th with a score of 80%, and Sidmouth, which came 18th with a score of 78%.
A spokesperson from consumer watchdog magazine ‘Which?’ said: “A week away in the UK, with warm sun on your back and the splash of the sea at your feet, is just what we need right now to blow away the stuck-inside-for-too-long cobwebs.
“Fortunately this survey, conducted before coronavirus struck, saw you telling us that your favourite seaside destinations were those with a bit of space and some peace and quiet away from the crowds.
“Visitors named St Mawes, in Cornwall, the best place in the UK for a seaside break this year, handing it five stars for peace and quiet. Smaller town, such as Southwold, and less touristy villages, like Tynemouth, were rated better than classic favourites such as St Ives or Salcombe.”
Click here to see the full list of the UK’s best seaside towns.