Tynemouth named best in Britain

Tyneouth Longsands beach. Picture Jane Coltman
Tyneouth Longsands beach. Picture Jane Coltman

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/