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Sheffield: The UK’s cheapest city for a weekend away

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Sheffield topped the list, performing well across all areas, particularly for average cost of a meal and average hotel star rating Along with Sheffield, Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent made up the top UK cities for a cheap weekend away.

According to new research, Sheffield is the cheapest city in the UK for a weekend away, new research has revealed. The study, conducted by online car hire excess insurance specialist insurance4carhire, analysed 20 major UK cities against four factors to determine the best major city hotspots for a weekend staycation that won’t break the bank.

These factors were: hotel metrics (average price of a weekend hotel stay) food and drink metrics (average cost of a meal and average cost of a pint of beer) and attraction metrics (number of free attractions).

Overall, the top ten major cities were revealed as:

  • Sheffield
  • Bradford
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sunderland
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry

Sheffield performed well across all four categories, laying claim to the top spot in the UK overall. The South Yorkshire city performed especially well for both average cost of a meal and average price of a weekend hotel stay of all 20 cities analysed.

Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent made up the rest of the top three staycation major cities in the UK, coming in second and third place respectively in the overall index ranking. Sunderland and Kingston-Upon-Hull followed close behind, ranking at fourth and fifth respectively.

Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Coventry made up the remainder of the top 10. Newport came in last place of all 20 cities analysed.

Winners per category:

Top 3 cities for most affordable average cost of a meal

  • Sheffield
  • Birmingham
  • Nottingham

Top 3 cities for most affordable average price of a weekend hotel stay

  • Leicester
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sheffield

Top 3 cities for most affordable average cost of a pint of beer

  • Bradford
  • Preston
  • Sunderland

Top 3 cities for number of free attractions

  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool

When it came to places to stay, Leicester had the most affordable weekend hotel stay. Based on food and drink metrics, Sheffield had the most affordable average cost of a meal. For beer lovers, Bradford offered the most affordable pint of all cities analysed, with the average costing just £3.05.

When looking at free attractions, Manchester has 199, and Liverpool has 188, while the capital London has just 175.

Adam Summersby from insurance4carhire, commented on the findings: “When it comes to looking for an affordable weekend away in the UK, our research found that  Sheffield was the cheapest UK major city for a staycation weekend.

“With the most affordable average cost of a meal, and one of the best average hotel star rating, the Yorkshire city pips the other major cities to the post”.

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