Forgotten British seaside town tops Time Out’s list of best places to visit next year

A sleepy coastal town in the south east of England has been crowned the best place for a day out in the UK in 2023.

Time Out has named Eastbourne, East Sussex, as the best place for a day or overnight trip in 2023.

Towner Eastbourne will be the official host of the Turner Prize in 2023


Towner Eastbourne will be the official host of the Turner Prize in 2023Credit: �️ Marc Atkins / Art Fund 2020

A network of local judges ranked the winning destinations based on their food and drink scene, arts activities available, and any new hotels, restaurants and events.

The top ten destinations include Birmingham, Manchester, Cardigan in Wales and Glasgow.

Once one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the English coast, Eastbourne has been eclipsed by the likes of Margate and Whitstable and Padstow, but it is reclaiming its crown.

As a winner, Eastbourne has been dubbed ‘a hub for makers’ as the town’s modern art gallery, Towner Eastbourne, has been named as the official host of the 2023 Turner Prize.

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Located on the eastern edge of the South Downs National Park, this beach escape is a keen walker’s paradise, with popular routes past Beachy Head, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.

Other local attractions include Eastbourne’s Victorian Pier – the seafront landmark with a waterside cafe and games room.

In addition to the town’s shingle beach, there’s a lifeboat museum and a bandstand, which doubles as a live music venue.

England’s second city, Birmingham, was ranked one place below Eastbourne.

Travel experts at Time Out noted that Birmingham had “Britain’s most underrated food scene”.

While the Welsh town of Cardigan came third for its overall beauty and “dazzling creative flair”, the independent businesses, refurbished Cardigan Castle and Guildhall Square were praised by the judges.

Huw Oliver, UK editor of Time Out, said: “Instead of the usual hotspots, we want to highlight places, many of which are ridiculously underrated, that people don’t automatically think to go to.

“In all the places on the list, you’ll find exciting things to see and do, eat and drink day and night, a friendly welcome and a community spirit that allows you to connect with the locals and really get to know a place. .”

Time Out’s 15 best places to visit in 2023

  1. Eastbourne
  2. Birmingham
  3. Blouse
  4. Manchester
  5. Scarborough
  6. Glasgow
  7. Dorset
  8. London
  9. Edinburgh
  10. Liverpool
  11. Padstow
  12. Orkney
  13. Margaret
  14. Sheffield
  15. Cheshire

Earlier, Time Out ranked the world’s top 10 metropolitan areas according to the city’s 20,000 residents and asked them what made their city the best place to visit and live.

The Scottish capital Edinburgh came first, while Chicago in the US took silver and the Colombian city of Medellin came in third.

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