A study of the costs of taking a mini-break in the larger UK cities has revealed Sheffield is the cheapest for the second year running. TripAdvisor researchers compiled the costs of staying for three nights in a four-star hotel, meals, cab fares and visiting four premium rated tourism draws.
The study found a Sheffield break for two with these criteria cost £614. This was more than 50 per cent cheaper than taking the same holiday in London. A three-night break in London comes with a hefty price tag of £1,331.
When Sheffield snapped up the cheapest TripAdvisor city break award in 2014, travel industry analysts said the recent beautification of the city had played a major part in attracting more tourists. They noted that the opening of the Winter Garden greenhouses and the launch of the Gold Route had added to the attractions.
The Gold Route is a heritage trail from the main train station to the Millennium Gallery. The analysts also said Sheffield’s museum collection was unique and the likes of the Kelham Island Museum and the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet were integral to offering insights into the city’s rich past.
The bulk of the cheapest cities for a break in the 2015 study were in the northern half of England and Scotland. Liverpool took second spot with the price of a three-night holiday averaging £752 and Newcastle Upon Tyne third at £759.
Birmingham and Cardiff took fourth and fifth places and then it was back to the north with Leeds in sixth position. Leeds was followed by Chester, Glasgow, Nottingham and Oxford. The latter scraped into the top 10 cheapest yet, at almost £910 for a break, it costs half as much again as Sheffield.