Revealed: the best UK towns for seaside properties

Margate tops the poll followed by Weymouth, a traditional holiday destination for Swindonians.

More than ever people are taking into consideration where their next property is located, and with the weather heating up, searches for properties by the sea have risen 160%. But which UK seaside town makes for the best properties? Interested in finding out, created a points-based system* for 50 UK towns and can now reveal all.

Taking the crown as the best UK town for a seaside property is Margate with a total of 537 points out of a possible 800. With just 107 rainy days each year, it is no wonder why the Kent town came first, scoring 97 points in this department. They also offer three blue flag certified beaches, the third highest of all 50 towns considered, and have an average of 1,871 hours of sunshine each year. It’s not in the survey, but they’ve even got a fabulous art gallery, Turner Contemporary on the seafront.

Following in second place is Weymouth totalling an impressive 528 out of 800. When it comes to air quality, Weymouth is among the best coming in at 16 degrees on the air quality index, contributing 91 points to their total score. However, their average property price of £277,580 is among the factors keeping them from first place, earning them a measly 39 points in this department.

Trailing behind by only four is Torquay with 524 points. The town’s high score is thanks to low average nightly Airbnb prices (£97) which scored them 91 out of 100 - it’s definitely among the more affordable options. The Devon town is also home to three blue flag beaches, so there’s a lot to like.

Dropping down into the 400s, Porthcawl (488 points out of 800) and Southend-on-Sea (482 points out of 800) take fourth and fifth place. Separating them from each other is their air quality. Whilst Southend scores a perfect 100 in this department, Porthcawl scores a lower 67. Another major difference can be seen in how much each destination will set you back, a night in an Airbnb in Southend-on-Sea costs £30 more as well as the average cost of a property costing an extra £28,399 compared to Porthcawl.

Completing the top 10 best UK towns for seaside properties are:

6th: Great Yarmouth – 473 points out of 800

7th: Paignton – 461 points out of 800

8th: Skegness – 427 points out of 800

9th: Blackpool – 424 points out of 800

10th: Tenby – 415 points out of 800

* The factors used to create a point based system to rank which location is best: average property price, average Airbnb price, weather, quality of air, number of blue flag beaches, yearly number of visitors, annual number of rainy days, hours of sunshine, days of air frost, minimum and maximum temperature, as well as monthly mean wind speed at 10m.