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£3m for 'tatty' car park with world class views

Rhossili Bay Credit: ITV Wales

The National Trust has spent £3million on a so-called 'tatty' car park overlooking Rhossili Bay.

Bought from private landowners, the National Trust Manager Paul Boland, defended the cost saying: "We want to ensure that we provide Gower with a first-class car park for a first-class destination."

The destination is popular with tourists Credit: ITV Wales
New facilities may be opened too Credit: ITV Wales

Rhossili Bay is a popular destination for tourists. In the past it's been voted the UK's number one beach, third best in Europe and 9th best in the world, by Travel Review website, TripAdvisor.

The National Trust are now considering whether to add extra facilities to the car park, providing they're "harmonious with the outstanding beauty of this unique part of the world."


Rhossili Bay tops TripAdvisor UK top ten beaches list

Judges praised Rhossili Bay for its "vast stretch of sand" and "towering cliffs", and stressed its popularity with "surfers, paragliders and ramblers".

Here is the top ten of UK beaches, in descending order:

  • Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
  • Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
  • Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  • Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
  • Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, North Tyneside
  • Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset
  • Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
  • Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset
  • Nairn Beach, Nairn, Scotland

Rhossili Bay named one of the world's top beaches

Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been named as the best beach in the UK, the third best in Europe and the ninth in the world by travel site TripAdvisor.

Along the way it's beaten beaches from the Seychelles to South Africa. Here's a look at the global competition it's beaten off:

Playa Norte Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Credit: TripAdvisor
Elafonissi Beach, Greece. Credit: TripAdvisor
Cala Mariolu Baunei, Italy. Credit: TripAdvisor

Rhossili Bay 'best beach in the UK'

Rhossili Bay's vast stretch of sand and towering cliffs make it popular. Credit: ITV News

Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been named as the best beach in the UK and one of the best beaches in the world, according to travel site TripAdvisor.

It also beat beaches in Spain, Greece and Italy to be named the third best beach in Europe.

Rhossili Bay is the largest expanse of white sand on the Gower Peninsula, stretching for three miles which makes it popular with surfers and ramblers alike.

Rhossili Bay:"UK's Best Beach": Twitter reaction


Rhossili Bay named 'Best UK Beach'

We are delighted, but not surprised, that Rhossili Bay has been acknowledged by the world's leading consumer travel website. We hope that many more visitors continue to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty.

– Councillor David Phillips, Leader of the City and County of Swansea

Here are the top 10 beaches in the UK as named in the 'TripAdvisor's Traveller Choice' awards:

  • Rhossili Bay - Swansea
  • Woolacombe Beach - Devon
  • Porthminister Beach - Cornwall
  • Longsands Beach - Tyne and Wear
  • Hengistbury Head - Dorset
  • Fistral Beach - Cornwall
  • Weymouth Beach - Dorset
  • Sandbanks - Dorset
  • Filey Beach - Yorkshire
  • St Brelade's Bay - Jersey

The UK's best beach? It's right here in Wales

Rhossili Bay has been voted 'Best UK Beach' by travellers Credit: ITV News Wales

Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been crowned the UK's best beach - according to feedback from travellers.

In the latest 'Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards', Rhossili Bay was chosen as the best beach in the UK and the third best in Europe - beating rivals in Spain, Greece and Italy.

The bay is popular with surfers Credit: ITV News Wales

Rhossili Bay is the largest expanse of white sand on the Gower Peninsula and stretches for three miles. The beach's vast stretch of sand and towering cliffs make it popular with surfers, paragliders and ramblers.

Feedback from millions of travellers helped secure the highest ranking.

The Welsh beach has also been placed in the world's top 10 - above those in Hawaii, the Caribbean and more exotic locations.