WEYMOUTH is one of the UK's favourite seaside towns, according to a new survey.

With government data finding that 68 per cent of Brits are not yet comfortable with foreign travel, many are keen to get a taste of the seaside without heading abroad. Online searches for staycations increased by 235 per cent in the 12 months to April 2021 and with the school holidays kicking off, people have been voting on a number of coastal towns to determine the UK’s favourites.

The survey by retirement communities developer McCarthy Stone, saw 2,700 surveyed.

In the list of top 10 resorts, Weymouth came second with 16 per cent of the votes. Weymouth was announced as the number one beach in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, and has also previously been ranked ninth best beach in Europe.

UK’s top 10 seaside destinations according to the survey:

1. Salcombe, Devon - 18.5 per cent

2. Weymouth, Dorset - 16.1 per cent

3. Whitby, North Yorkshire - 12 per cent

4. St. Ives, Cornwall - 11.7 per cent

5. Bamburgh, Northumberland - 10.4 per cent

6. Cromer, Norfolk - 9.1 per cent

7. Shanklin, Isle of Wight - 6.2 per cent

8. Deal, Kent - 5.9 per cent

9. Worthing, West Sussex - 5.7 per cent

10. Hastings, East Sussex - 3.9 per cent