'Bamburgh is the best seaside destination to visit all year round': Delight after coastal gem voted best in Britain
It’s no surprise to those who live there, but it now seems the rest of the country has cottoned on to the beauty of Bamburgh.
lt has topped a poll by Which? Travel to find the nation’s favourite coastal spot.
The picturesque village, with its beaches and castle, netted an overall score of 89 per cent, with five stars for its beach, scenery, peace and quiet, and value for money, and four stars for accommodation and attractions.
The news has been welcomed by local businesses.
Bamburgh Castle owner William Watson Armstrong said: “What a fantastic accolade for Bamburgh, being crowned best seaside town in the country above famous destinations such as St Ives, Whitstable and Aldeburgh.
“Bamburgh really does have it all – the history, the beaches, the scenery, the attractions and, of course, the people.
“Topping such an illustrious list is proof that beneath our very special village lies a community that takes such pride in what we offer, both to residents and those coming to visit us.
“While we're proud to win this title, what is fundamentally important is the fantastic publicity winning it brings – that Bamburgh is the best seaside destination to visit all year round.”
Harvest Harris-Jones, chairman of the North Northumberland Tourism Association, said: “I am delighted that Bamburgh has been recognised as Britain’s best coastal destination, another accolade to add to North Northumberland’s visitor offer, what with the stunning castle, clean beaches, range of high quality places to sample the taste of North Northumberland and quality places to stay, this is well deserved by all the people that work so hard to achieve this.”
Cris Brown, business and marketing manager at Northumberland Tourism, added: “We were delighted, but not at all surprised to hear that Bamburgh has come out on top of a Which? Travel survey to find Britain’s best seaside destination.”
The survey ranked 96 resorts across 10 categories. Bamburgh was awarded only one star for its shopping choices and entertainment, but scored the highest overall.