This is the most affordable destination for a UK city break this summer

2020 is officially the summer of the staycation, and with hotels and Airbnbs set to reopen their doors from 4 July, you may be wondering where to head for a change of scene over the next few months. A UK city break can be just as exciting as a jaunt aboard, and it turns out you don’t have to break the bank to take one, either.

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New research from insurance4carhire has taken a lot of guesswork out of the decision for you, analysing the affordability of 20 major UK cities to decipher the cheapest option for your next trip. The survey took into account factors including the average cost of a hotel, food and drink, pint of beer and the number of free attractions in the vicinity to find the most purse-friendly option in the country.

And the winner is (drumroll please…) – Sheffield! Yes, the South Yorkshire city came out on top for budget-conscious travellers, performing well across all of the categories that were taken into consideration. This was closely followed by Bradford, and Stoke-on-Trent in third place.

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Sheffield Town Hall. Image: Getty Images

The cheapest destinations for a UK city break for summer 2020

1. Sheffield
2. Bradford
3. Stoke-on-Trent
4. Sunderland
5. Kingston upon Hull
6. Leeds
7. Leicester
8. Liverpool
9. Cardiff
10. Coventry

From a stroll around the Millennium Art Gallery (entrance to which is free, we might add) to exploring the local Botanical Gardens or nearby Peak District, there’s plenty to see and do in Sheffield, whether you’re visiting as a couple, with the whole family or on a solo break by yourself.

Accommodation is affordable and the food and drink scene won’t disappoint either, with everything from wood-fired pizza to street food like tacos on the menu in the city centre, and a number of fine dining options in the vicinity too.

The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield
The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. Image: Getty Images

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.’