1. DEAL, Kent
No amusement arcades here: this is the genuine Georgian article, with blustery promenade and winding streets.
2. GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, Cumbria
This late-Victorian resort was neglected in favour of the Lakes but now its beaches and bustling town are pulling in the punters.
3. COLONSAY, Hebrides
This Scottish island is worth the two-hour ferry trip from Oban for the golden sands, wildflower machair (sandy pasture) and crystal clear sea.
4. VENTNOR, Isle of Wight
Its fashionable moment was the 19th century but this hilly town has the isle's best beaches.
5. DUNGENESS, Kent
Lovers of the otherworldly enjoy the rusted pieces of maritime salvage, Derek Jarman's House, and fish fresh from the smokehouse.
6. LLANDUDNO, Wales
A sandy beach, a Grade II-listed pier and the UK's longest cable car.
7. GREAT YARMOUTH, Norfolk
Its Golden Mile is packed with traditional entertainment.
8. BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, N'thumberl'd
A handsome seafront town boasting many well-preserved Georgian buildings, plus bohemian shops.
9. WHITBY, North Yorkshire
Home to the twice-yearly Gothic Weekend, spooky ruined abbey, and award-winning fish and chips at The Magpie Café.
10. SPURN HEAD, East Yorkshire
For bird-watching and atmosphere, nowhere beats this strange spit of mudflat and sand in the Humber.