As a nation, we do love to be beside the seaside. Our coastline is packed with natural beauty and acts as a magnet to many investors – whether they want a summer home, a better standard of living or somewhere to retire too.

But, if you’re serious about the seaside and want to make the move, where are the best places to go? You should always ask yourself the question: Why would I sell my house, up sticks and move there? Don’t just be won over by the sunshine and the sea air, pick a place that offers a rich and rewarding living experience.

Here are six great ideas to explore:

A Broadchurch Backdrop

ITV scored a critical and ratings hit with drama series Broadchurch and that success has rubbed off on the Jurassic Coast, the stunning backdrop to the gripping drama. Inquiries in the area have shot up since the first series aired in 2013 and it’s easy to see why. The brooding beauty is just one quality, however. The nearby market town of Bridport has a thriving arts scene, with annual literary and beer festivals.

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There

The Mersey Beat

Fancy all the benefits of living by the sea while still staying within easy reach of a city? You can have your cake and eat it at Southport. As The Telegraph notes, there is a a great variety of properties here that make for a good standard of living, all while being closely connected to the hustle and bustle of Liverpool.

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There

Poole Factor

When it comes to seaside luxury, little can beat properties that have a sea view themselves. Luxury flats and homes overlooking Poole Harbour or in the exclusive Sandbanks are among the most sought-after in the whole of the UK. It’s just around the corner from the digital success story of Bournemouth too, a fast-growing and thriving seaside town in its own right.

Sumptuous Seafood

Oban in Argyll and Bute is known as the ‘seafood capital of Scotland’, making it an ideal destination for those with a desire for culinary quality from their destination. The seafood might be famous, but the scenery is hardly second rate either – with scores of tourists attracted to the Scottish west coast.

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There

Classy and classic

Southwold, on the sunny Suffolk coast, ticks off some of the British seaside’s best bits – the pier and prom, beach huts, fish and chips – but does it all in style. Cream teas and Adnams ales add to its irresistible charm.

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There

Nature’s finest

For some, the attraction of the seaside isn’t just about the landscape, there’s also the thrill of being able to see the birds and marine life that make their home there too. The Mail highlights the East Yorkshire coast as a ‘birdwatchers’ paradise’ with the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs home to about 200,000 birds such as puffins, gannets and guillemots. Those wanting to get closer to nature can tap into this coast’s beauty at nearby Bridlington or Flamborough Head.

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There

6 UK Coastal Towns and why you Want to Live There