Tynemouth has been named the best coastal town in Britain.
The town topped Rough Guides pick of Britain’s best 30 seaside towns.
Authors at the guide said: “Trips to the seaside are a great British tradition, and a coastal escape is top of many.
“Rough Guides is proud to publish its list of Britain’s 30 Best Seaside Towns.
“Topping the list is Tynemouth, a beautiful coastal destination with brilliant beaches and superb seafood.”
They added: “A 25-minute drive or Metro hop from central Newcastle, Tynemouth lies exactly where its name suggests.
“Of its beaches, surf-hub Longsands gets most of the accolades.
“But clamber down the stairs from the clifftop to King Edward’s Bay, and you’re in for a real treat.
“This is where Geordie foodies flock, in fine weather or otherwise, to enjoy superb seafood and real ales at Riley’s Fish Shack, a simple hut-kitchen that is the beach’s lone structure.
“Tynemouth also has a ruined priory and castle to enjoy, plus a Sunday flea market.”
For the full list and breakdown of the 30 towns visit www.roughguides.com/special-features/britains-30-best-seaside-towns/