UK holidays: Brighton Beach takes the crown as ‘UK’s most popular beach’

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The UK is home to an array of stunning beaches in all corners of the country. With domestic travel rules relaxing from Monday, April 12, many Covid-weary Britons are likely keen for a change of scenery.

However, those who are concerned about crowds may want to avoid some of the more popular areas.

New data compiled by experts at has uncovered which of Britons beaches are most popular with those seeking views of the ocean and the feeling of sand between their toes.

By compiling Instagram hashtag data, the experts found that Brighton Beach comes out on top as the “most popular beach” in the UK based on the number of photographs snapped by visitors.

Brighton Beach is known for its vast pebbled coastline, as well as its colourful beach huts and kitschy selection of local businesses.

The Palace Pier section of the beach has been awarded blue flag status for its standards for quality, safety and environmental education.

The seafront is also home to a number of unique bars and restaurants.

Of the top five “most popular” seaside destinations, four of them were located in the south of England, proving the region to be a beach hotspot.

Brighton Beach was followed by Dorset’s Durdle Door beach, which was found to be the second “most popular beach”.

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Bournemouth Beach, also in Dorset, came in third place and Dungeness Beach in Kent took fifth place.

However, one northern beauty also made its way into the top five.

Squeezing its way into fourth place was is Scarborough Beach, located in Scarborough.

The rest of the top 10 was made up by Fistral Beach in Cornwall, Botany Bay in Kent, Camber Sands in East Sussex, Hengistbury Head Beach in Bournemouth and Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall.

The data compiled a full list of 30 “most popular beaches”.

Among them were a selection of shorefronts in the North of England, Wales and Scotland too.

These include Bamburgh Castle Beach in Northumberland, Blackpool Sands beach in Blackpool, Seacliff Beach in Scotland’s East Lothian, Loch Morlich in Highland Scotland and Tenby in Wales.

The full list of the “most popular beaches in the UK” according to are as follows: 

1.Brighton Beach, Brighton

2.Durdle Door Beach, Dorset

3.Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

4.Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

5.Dungeness Beach, Kent

6.Fistral Beach, Cornwall

7.Botany Bay, Kent

8.Camber Sands, East Sussex

9.Hengistbury Head Beach, Bournemouth

10.Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

11.Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, Cornwall

12.Formby Beach, Liverpool

13.Chesil Beach, Dorset

14.Loch Morlich, Highland, Scotland

15.Saunton Sands, North Devon

16.Sandbanks Beach, Poole

17.Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

18.Holkham Beach, Norfolk

19.Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

20.Whitstable Beach, Kent

21.Tenby North Beach, Tenby, Wales

22.Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales

23.West Wittering Beach, Chichester

24.Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex

25.Woolacombe Sands, Devon

26.Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland

27.Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland

28.Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

29.Beer Beach, South Devon

30.Blackpool Sands, Blackpool

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