If you have ever wondered how reliable those ‘studies’ are that claim to know the best places to visit, you’ll want to read this!

“With the Easter holidays just around the corner, many people across the UK are likely to be planning a short break or day trip,” says the press release. “In 2023, an estimated 2.7 million ‘getaway’ trips took place on Good Friday, making it a very busy day to hit the road.

“When choosing the perfect coastal trip, there are several factors to bear in mind, from warm climate and affordable parking to beautiful scenery and good seafood restaurants.

“So, if you’re thinking about a trip to the seaside, where should you head to in your used BMW or VW? cinch, the faff-free way to buy a car online, has listed the best UK beaches worth visiting this Easter.”

And in a surprising twist, Barafundle Beach, which ranks in the study as the second best in the UK, has been judged best for fish and chips, despite it being only accessible using a stretch of the coast path!

Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch, said: “To determine the best UK beach locations for your Easter staycation, we analysed the top 20 traveller-favourite beaches from TripAdvisor, ranking them on average March temperature, Instagram popularity, parking prices and the number of fish and chips shops in the area.

“According to data from Parkopedia, parking spaces around Barafundle Beach (Wales) are free of charge,” he added.

Eating fish and chips on Good Friday is a tradition for many people across the country.

“If you’re set on eating some battered cod or fried scampi during your Easter trip by the sea, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Barafundle and nearby locations,” claims cinch. With 116 [!!!] restaurants in the area [including Swansea?] serving this British staple, Barafundle Beach is the ultimate destination for lovers of fish and chips.”

While Barafundle Beach is indeed a rare patch of unspoilt beauty, for your Good Friday fish and chips by the sea the Tenby Observer advises heading to Tenby or Saundersfoot. Both towns offer a choice of highly recommended takeaways and, with beaches right on the doorstep, the food should still be lovely and warm when you sit down to eat it. Watch out for the seagulls though!

According to the study, the top 10 beaches to visit over the Easter weekend are: 

  1. Camber Sands (East Sussex)
  2. Barafundle Beach (Pembrokeshire)
  3. Bournemouth Beach (Bournemouth)
  4. Brighton Beach (Brighton)
  5. Scarborough Beach (North Yorkshire)
  6. Sandbanks Beach (Dorset)
  7. Fistral Beach (Newquay)
  8. Woolacombe Beach (North Devon)
  9. Hengistbury Head Beach (Bournemouth)
  10. Weymouth Beach (Dorset)