TWO places in Sussex have been named among the top ten seaside towns in Britain.

Both Hastings and Worthing made the list, with the town's attracting praise for their history and pier respectively.

The list was created by developer McCarthy and Stone, with the company asking more than 2,500 customers to have their say.

And the Sussex coast performed admirably.

Hastings took the number ten spot, with visitors saying they liked the town's "expansive sand and shingle beach backed by grand whitewashed Edwardian hotels, two-layered promenade, and Victorian pier".

hastings seafront file pic taken from east hill cliff .hastings pier after restoration - hastings beach looking west to st leonards , bexhill and distance eastbourne (left of pic).

Hastings seafront

A spokesman for McCarthy and Stone said: "The steep grassy hillside nearby leads to an ancient and ruined castle which was the first in England to be built by William the Conqueror.

"The town itself is steeped in history, and takes pride in its heritage as the location of the famed battle of 1066 which takes its name.

"History lovers will fall head over heels for Hastings. Head to Battle Abbey to hear the story of Hastings’ innumerable historic invasions.

"Visit the Old Town and admire the impressive architecture which ranges from Medieval to Victorian. Wind through the many narrow streets and passages known as ‘twittens’, or spend an afternoon exploring Hastings Museum and Art Gallery."

Worthing fared even better, finishing in sixth on the list of top British seaside towns.

McCarthy and Stone described it as "traditional seaside town with a modern twist" with the option of buying an ice cream and taking a stroll along the promenade being just as prominent as a visit to a number of micro-pubs to beach hut art studios.

Good morning to the starlings under Worthing Pier by Jan Budgen

Good morning to the starlings under Worthing Pier by Jan Budgen

But, the developer said, Worthing's stand-out attraction was its pier, which won the esteemed pier of the year award in 2019.

The McCarthy and Stone spokesman said: "The iconic Worthing Pier makes the focal point of the seafront, with a stunning Art Deco pavilion and all the usual pier-side amusements, like an arcade, café and fairground."

Salcombe in Devon took the top spot in the list of Britain's top seaside towns, with Weymouth in Dorset finishing as the runner-up.

Whitby in North Yorkshire, St Ives in Cornwall and Bamburgh in Northumberland rounded out the top five, with Cromer in Norfolk finishing in seventh, Shanklin on the Isle of Wight taking eighth and Deal in Kent earning a ninth-placed finish.