In the annual Tripadvisor awards for the UK, the majority of the top 10 destinations were in the northern half of the nation. Although London came first in the rankings for the 2015 awards, the second and third places are north of the Watford Gap and so are the destinations placed between fifth and tenth.
The small valley and the village of Watford have traditionally been regarded as the dividing line between the north and south of England. The Scottish capital of Edinburgh came second in the UK Tripadvisor rankings and was followed by Llandudno, a seaside town on the coast of North Wales.
Fourth place was snapped up Torquay on the Devonshire coast. After that, it was back to Northern England where Liverpool rated fifth and, slightly northwards, Blackpool and its famous tower came in sixth. The UK top 10 holiday hotspots finished off with Belfast in seventh place and was followed by York, Keswick and Glasgow in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.
London scored third in the European top 10 and sixth in the category of global destinations. For the Tripadvisor 2014 awards, London was number three in the global table. The drop in its position as favoured destination for international travellers is alleviated by the fact London holds the rare distinction of a top 10 appearance for five consecutive years.
Tripadvisor is a US-based travel website on which travellers post reviews about hotels, cities and beaches. Tripadvisor bases its annual awards on the reviews and divides the categories up into sub-genres according to criteria such as size and geographical location.