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New Report Reveals the Best UK Cities for a Low-Cost Staycation

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While a far-flung trip might be the ideal holiday for some, the cost of living means that people are considering the price of a holiday more than ever. But if Brits know where to go, a UK staycation can offer just as much culture, greenery, and adventure for a budget-friendly price.

Looking into various cost-related metrics such as meal prices and entertainment expenses, as well as cultural and recreational amenities like museums, theatres, and green spaces, SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for a budget-friendly staycation.

Top 10 cities in the UK for a staycation

RankCity

Total Score 

1

Derry

17.205

2

Kingston upon Hull

12.615

3

Newport

12.542

4

Preston

11.362

5

Edinburgh

11.192

6

Cardiff

10.649

7

Stoke-on-Trent

10.381

8

Belfast

9.917

9

Liverpool

9.692

10

Sunderland

9.611

Derry, Northern Ireland, emerges as the top destination in the UK for a budget-friendly staycation, earning a high score of 17.205. With the cheapest coffee prices in the UK, averaging at £2.53, 32 landmarks to discover, and 11.76 art galleries per 100,000 people,.

Derry promises visitors an affordable yet cultural experience

With a score of 12.615, Kingston upon Hull lands in second place. The city could be a particularly good spot to choose for its retail scene. Home to 10 vintage shops and a whopping 24 fashion designer stores per 100,000 people. The city’s fashion scene will also provide Brits with some of the best bargains, with the combined price of a pair of Levi’s and a summer dress costing £88.

Newport, Wales, claims third spot on the list, with a score of 12.542. Boasting 45% of its land officially defined as green space, Newport offers a blend of nature and affordability, with an average meal cost of £11 and a three-course meal for two priced at £50.

Other cities to highlight include Edinburgh, which, although in fifth place, boasts 11 art galleries for visitors to roam through, as well as being the safest city to visit among the top 10 according to crowd-sourced data.

Unsurprisingly, cities that failed to make the top 10 ranking for a low-budget staycation include Manchester in 20th place with the least amount of culture to explore, home to 0.5 museums per 100,000 people. London placed 21st, with the most expensive prices for coffee (£3.55), beer (£6.35) and a cinema ticket (£15).

Corin Camenisch, product marketing lead at SumUp, said: “With an increased focus on domestic travel, as well as the cost-of-living crisis still being prevalent, we wanted to highlight the most cost-effective cities for a staycation in the UK. Not only does this encourage budget friendly travel, but it also encourages local spending and supports local businesses due to extra traffic and tourism.

“While some of the cities in our report are popular hotspots among tourists, we hope to shed insight on budget-friendly locations that can also provide memorable experiences that are rich in culture without breaking the bank.”

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