TripIndex UK Cities compared the cost of a three-night break over the August bank holiday weekend in the 20 most popular UK cities taking into account typical costs for two people. These include; a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to four attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.
The study found that a three night (four day) trip for two in Sheffield will set you back an average of £706, almost two thirds less than the price of a break in the UK’s most expensive destination which is, unsurprisingly, London. An average weekend break in the capital comes in at a wallet-busting average of £1,190 – that’s almost £350 per day.
North offers best destinations for bagging a bargain
The north has a lot to celebrate as Sheffield is named the best value city for the second year in a row and as the 2016 TripIndex UK Cities results show, the north generally offers better value than the south of the UK when comparing overall costs. Six of the ten best value destinations are located north of the UK; Sheffield, Leeds, Blackpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Liverpool and Glasgow finish first, second, third, fourth, fifth and ninth respectively.
UK cities offer great value for things to do
While the cost of visiting UK cities can vary greatly, one thing that remains fairly consistent is the value that UK cities offer when it comes to attractions. Many of the most popular attractions city to city are free to enter. In Glasgow, the cheapest destination for attractions, the five most highly rated attractions are all free.
Travellers could expect to pay the most for attractions in Birmingham, but even then it comes out at an average of just £10 per person.
London most expensive across the board – almost
Unsurprisingly London comes out as the most expensive UK destination overall for a city break and when it comes to individual basket items, the capital also tops the list in every category except attractions.
London is the most expensive destination for a hotel stay at £205 per night, lunch at £32 for two, a return taxi of two miles each way which comes in at £23 and dinner for two at £80.
However, London’s many free attractions mean the average price for visiting an attraction is just £4.62 per person, putting it in the top ten cheapest destinations for visiting attractions.
“For Brits planning a UK break over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, heading north will generally offer the best value for a three-night break. However, as our research of booking rates on TripAdvisor shows, visiting some of the more expensive destinations doesn’t have to be off the cards. Travellers can still find hotels with availability over the weekend for at least £30 less than the city average hotel price,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.