Sheffield remains Best Value in UK for Bank Holiday City Break

Sheffield remains Best Value in UK for Bank Holiday City Break

18 August 2015

Sheffield offers the best value UK city break over the August bank holiday weekend, according to TripIndex UK Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study.

TripIndex UK Cities compares the cost of a three-night break over the August bank holiday weekend in the 20 most popular UK cities[i], taking into account typical costs for two people. These include; a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to four highly rated attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself[ii].

This is the second consecutive year that Sheffield has come top as the best value destintaion in the UK.

The study found that a three night (four day) trip for two in Sheffield will only set you back an average of £614, less than half the price of a break in the UK’s most expensive destination which will come as no surprise, is London. An average weekend break in the capital comes in at an eye-watering average of £1,331 – that’s almost £380 per day.

Ian Slater, chairman of Hospitality Sheffield and manager of the Metropolitan Hotel, said visitors came for a combination of reasons, from visiting Chatsworth to taking part in sporting competitions.

He said: “I think Sheffield is still good value, the room rate is very competitive in Sheffield compared to somewhere like Manchester but you still need to have the content.

“If there is not something to do it doesn’t matter what the rate is, people won’t come if you don’t have the likes of the Peak District on your doorstep, things to do in the city and a good night time economy.

“Sheffield is still a very popular place for a night out and many visitors go to the Peak District, we have a Chatsworth House package which has been more popular this year than ever before.”

Sheffield’s value for money dinners and inexpensive hotels drew in the tourists, while London was the most expensive because of its expensive taxis, meals and attractions.

Sheffield’s value for money dinners and inexpensive hotels drew in the tourists, while London was the most expensive because of its expensive taxis, meals and attractions.

TripIndex at a glance

From the least expensive to the most expensive (green and orange indicate least and most expensive destinations for each item respectively):

Cheapest:

Rank

Destination

Hotel

Lunch

Taxi

Dinner

Attraction

TOTAL for weekend

TOTAL per day

1

Sheffield

£82.08

£18.62

£12.30

£49.97

£11.00

£613.80

£173.97

2

Liverpool

£113.30

£22.06

£9.90

£59.96

£11.00

£751.59

£216.22

3

Newcastle Upon Tyne

£107.44

£22.48

£8.20

£66.40

£12.00

£758.63

£216.52

4

Birmingham

£89.64

£20.30

£11.96

£62.16

£36.40

£792.20

£220.46

5

Cardiff

£105.39

£21.16

£11.30

£65.85

£21.00

£793.42

£224.70

6

Leeds

£100.11

£22.44

£9.32

£67.90

£30.00

£818.96

£229.77

7

Chester

£125.33

£25.40

£10.60

£55.19

£22.00

£828.76

£238.52

8

Glasgow

£120.01

£21.10

£11.74

£67.61

£19.50

£839.83

£239.96

9

Nottingham

£105.38

£20.38

£11.20

£54.24

£49.90

£859.00

£241.10

10

Oxford

£172.19

£23.56

£12.60

£62.33

£0.00

£910.54

£270.68

 

Most expensive:

Rank

Destination

Hotel

Lunch

Taxi

Dinner

Attraction

TOTAL for weekend

TOTAL per day

1

London

£180.98

£17.58

£23.00

£71.38

£85.00

£1,330.78

£377.94

2

Edinburgh

£231.50

£22.68

£12.15

£66.75

£41.90

£1,268.42

£374.98

3

Cambridge

£199.12

£25.34

£14.50

£67.75

£30.00

£1,147.69

£336.70

4

Bath

£157.06

£22.10

£13.80

£64.79

£58.00

£1,105.93

£315.75

5

Brighton

£166.80

£23.86

£14.60

£62.45

£47.00

£1,092.04

£314.71

6

Manchester

£128.56

£17.90

£12.94

£66.80

£68.00

£1,048.23

£294.20

7

Belfast

£112.98

£19.92

£11.00

£66.29

£62.00

£975.77

£272.19

8

Bristol

£107.67

£23.18

£21.04

£59.20

£53.20

£949.48

£264.29

9

Aberdeen

£111.65

£20.66

£10.48

£66.84

£51.30

£932.06

£260.93

10

York

£152.83

£21.78

£13.46

£62.29

£18.18

£921.33

£268.54

Methodology

The TripIndex Cities 2015 destination list is comprised of the 20 most searched for UK cities by TripAdvisor users over the past 12 months.

TripIndex Cities prices out the daily cost for the following items in each destination, multiplied by four to represent the cost of a four-day city break for two people (hotel prices are multiplied by three to demonstrate three nights). Within each establishment selected for the study and where the item was available, the prices of the following were identified by telephoning the establishment and asking for prices of:

  • Lunch:             Meal and soft drink (burger and chips)
  • Dinner:             Starter, main meal and bottle of wine to share (salad, steak and chips)
  • Taxi:                 Return taxi journey of two miles each way
  • Attraction:       Cost of visiting an attraction each day
  • Hotel:               Accommodation in a 4-4.5 star hotel

Lunch for two: Prices specify the average cost of a burger and chips with a cola. Five restaurants with mid-range prices were contacted via telephone and/or email in each city.

Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a two-course meal (starter - salad and main – steak and chips) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine. Five restaurants with mid-range prices were contacted via telephone and/or email in each city.

 Return taxi journey: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi journeys of two miles each (representing an evening’s return transportation).  Data was taken from local authorities and recognised taxi companies in the area. Taxi companies were identified using web search and contacted via telephone in each city.

Attractions for two: Prices specify the total cost for two people visiting the four best rated attractions on TripAdvisor (two museums and two sights & landmarks) in each destination (representing visiting one attraction per day).

Hotel room rates: Room rates specify the average cost of one night’s stay in 4 and 4.5 star hotels in each destination between 28th August – 31st August 2015, aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.

Research was conducted by TripAdvisor and prices were collected through telephone and web search.  Prices were collected between 8 July 2015 and 31 July 2015.