18 Jun The Great British Staycation Index

It’s official. Staycations are on the rise with an increasing number of Brits choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays rather than jetting off abroad.

However, where is the best city to head to?

Whether you’re heading away for a long weekend of full week, we’ve studied the stats to bring you The British Staycation Index.

How does your favourite city rank?

The Overall Rankings

We studied every city in the UK and researched the stats behind the maximum average temperature in July, the average rainfall in mm in July (both taken from Met Office data), the average price of a pint, the crime rate (taken from local constabulary data) the choice of restaurants and the choice of family-friendly attractions (both taken from Tripadvisor).

Overall, we can reveal that the best cities for a Staycation in the UK are:

Overall Score
City Avg Max Temp Rainfall Pint Price Restaurants Crime Good For Kids Total: Rank Overall
Exeter 19 10 24 28 21 26 128 1
Bristol 24 25 31 7 34 8 129 2
Chelmsford 3 6 7 31 27 58 132 3
Brighton & Hove 39 9 59 10 16 11 144 4
Oxford 7 15 65 25 31 12 155 5
Cambridge 4 11 62 19 44 16 156 6
Southampton 9 5 55 18 51 24 162 7
Bath 16 31 54 23 26 14 164 8
Coventry 21 30 6 34 38 38 167 9
Sheffield 35 32 11 11 64 15 168 10
York 34 21 38 17 50 9 169 11
Birmingham 28 50 23 6 57 6 170 12
Canterbury 5 3 57 42 33 31 171 13
Hereford 22 8 40 50 9 48 177 14
Wolverhampton 26 29 16 38 14 55 178 15
Portsmouth 27 7 67 29 24 25 179 16
Durham 42 23 1 52 15 47 180 17
Stoke-on-Trent 45 44 29 26 11 28 183 18
Salisbury 13 16 21 51 41 42 184 19=
St Albans 14 14 26 40 36 54 184 19=
Leicester 12 42 52 15 35 29 185 21
Cardiff 17 65 32 12 47 17 190 22
Liverpool 49 40 19 9 68 7 192 23
Nottingham 32 37 30 14 58 23 194 24
St Asaph 46 28 27 58 1 34 194 25=
Worcester 10 18 42 43 32 49 194 25=
Chichester 37 4 58 48 2 46 195 27=
Newport 11 46 14 46 25 53 195 27=
Plymouth 44 45 35 30 29 13 196 29
Norwich 31 27 50 20 49 21 198 30
Winchester 8 13 68 55 13 43 200 31
Salford 41 57 25 2 19 57 201 32
Leeds 59 49 9 8 59 18 202 33=
Lincoln 30 39 44 36 20 33 202 33=
Manchester 40 56 49 3 48 10 206 35
Gloucester 6 55 43 49 17 39 209 36
Preston 38 61 2 35 30 44 210 37=
Swansea 52 60 10 24 37 27 210 37=
Glasgow 56 68 13 5 66 4 212 39=
Wakefield 33 17 5 39 62 56 212 39=
Derby 29 36 47 27 42 32 213 41
Peterborough 20 20 34 37 67 41 219 42
Newcastle upon Tyne 67 12 45 13 63 20 220 43
Bradford 57 48 12 33 39 37 226 44=
Wells 15 22 51 66 4 68 226 44=
Lichfield 25 26 41 59 10 66 227 46
Hull 23 33 61 32 45 36 230 47=
Perth 43 35 4 57 46 45 230 47=
Ripon 36 19 36 65 12 63 231 49
Edinburgh 58 52 60 4 56 2 232 50
Belfast 48 53 46 16 65 5 233 51
Inverness 60 24 8 53 55 35 235 52
Lancaster 54 67 18 47 8 52 246 53
Dundee 55 34 28 41 61 30 249 54
Carlisle 51 62 3 45 40 51 252 55
Aberdeen 65 43 56 22 60 19 265 56
Armagh 47 47 17 68 28 62 269 57=
Bangor 53 38 53 62 3 60 269 57=
Sunderland 68 41 22 44 54 50 279 59
St David’s 66 63 15 67 6 64 281 60
Ely 18 66 63 63 7 65 282 61
Derry 61 54 33 61 52 22 283 62=
Truro 64 58 37 60 5 59 283 62=
Stirling 50 51 39 54 53 40 287 64
Newry 62 64 20 64 18 61 289 65
Lisburn 63 59 48 56 23 67 316 66

What do things look like, however, when we look at the top 12 cities across each of the metrics we studied?

Max Average Temperature

When you’re heading away on a city break, you’re always quietly hoping that the sun will be shining and it’ll be nice and warm. With that in mind, here’s a look at the cities, here’s a look at the cities with the best average temperature in July.

 

City Max Avg Temp ºC Ranking
City of London 23.4 1=
Westminster 23.4 1=
Chelmsford 22.9 3
Cambridge 22.8 4=
Canterbury 22.8 4=
Gloucester 22.8 4=
Oxford 22.7 7=
Winchester 22.7 7=
Southampton 22.4 9=
Worcester 22.4 9=

 

Average Rainfall

No one wants it to rain whilst they’re away on holiday. We’ve pulled down Met Office data to reveal the cities where you’re least likely to get wet; basing the research again on a July trip.

 

City Rainfall (mm) Ranking
City of London 34.6 1=
Westminster 34.6 1=
Canterbury 40.0 3
Chichester 40.9 4
Southampton 42.0 5
Chelmsford 44.3 6
Portsmouth 44.5 7
Hereford 44.9 8
Brighton & Hove 45.1 9
Exeter 45.8 10

 

Average Price Of A Pint

Who doesn’t love to relax with a nice cold pint whilst they’re away? Using data from Pintprice.com, we can reveal the cities where you’ll be able to grab the cheapest pint in the UK.

 

City Price Ranking
Durham £2.10 1
Preston £2.30 2
Carlisle £2.35 3
Perth £2.35 3=
Wakefield £2.40 5
Coventry £2.50 6
Chelmsford £2.60 7=
Inverness £2.60 7=
Leeds £2.60 7=
Swansea £2.60 7=

 

Choice Of Restaurants

When looking at Tripadvisor’s ‘moderately priced restaurants’ which cities in the UK offer the best choice? Don’t forget that these figures include those within the locality; offering you even more choice in some cities with fantastic foodie hubs within the local vicinity.

City # of Restaurants Rank
Manchester 1,096 1
Edinburgh 979 2
Glasgow 898 3
Birmingham 814 4
Bristol 651 5
Leeds 646 6
Liverpool 607 7
Brighton & Hove 579 8
Sheffield 508 9
Cardiff 471 10

 

Crime Rate

When you’re heading off on a city break, just where can you feel the safest, based upon the official crime rate statistics for the area? Here, we reveal the safest cities in the UK for you to consider for your city break…

 

City Crimes Rank
St Asaph 7 1
Chichester 74 2
Bangor 77 3
Wells 92 4
Truro 99 5
St David’s 107 6
Ely 108 7
Lancaster 125 8
Hereford 154 9
Lichfield 161 10

 

Family Friendly Attractions

Lastly, we looked at the choice of family friendly attractions in each city. We’re not surprised that London comes out top, however there’s still so much choice in other cities which you’ve perhaps not considered visiting before.

 

City Family Friendly Attractions Rank
City of London 1828 1
Edinburgh 443 2
Westminster 413 3
Glasgow 339 4
Belfast 326 5
Birmingham 300 6
Liverpool 226 7
Bristol 223 8
York 210 9
Manchester 196 10

James Brockbank

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