Sheffield Best Value in UK for Bank Holiday City Break

Sheffield Best Value in UK for Bank Holiday City Break

19 August 2014

Sheffield offers the best value city break in the UK, according to an annual cost comparison study released today by TripAdvisor ahead of the August bank holiday.

An evening out and overnight stay in a four star hotel in Sheffield will set you back £153.94, less than half the price of a break in the UK’s most expensive city, Edinburgh, which costs £331.28.

The results were taken from this year’s TripIndex UK Cities, which compares the cost of an evening out in each of the UK’s twenty most popular cities, taking into account typical costs for two people to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at a four star hotel, a meal out, taxis, and an overnight stay for two in a four star hotel during the month of August.

This year’s results reveal a clear north / south divide when it comes to cost - Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester all feature in the top ten best value cities. By contrast, six of the ten most expensive cities are situated in the South of England – Cambridge, London, Oxford, Bath, Brighton and Southampton – with only Edinburgh offering less value for money.

Looking at the basket items separately, Brighton offers the best value for dinner, with a meal for two costing an average of just £54.09. At the other end of the scale is Belfast – at £73.01 the city comes out as most expensive for a bite to eat.

When it comes to hotel prices across the 20 cities, Edinburgh has the most expensive average rate for a four-star hotel room, coming in at £233.47. For the price of one night in a hotel in Edinburgh, travellers can have three nights in a Sheffield hotel. However, while the price of a hotel room in Edinburgh during the month of August is far beyond that of any of the other 19 cities, this is likely to be largely due to hotels in the Scottish capital increasing their August prices for the annual Edinburgh Festival.

For your evening’s transport, Sheffield offers the best value with the average two-mile return journey costing just £7.64 – less than half the price of the same journey in London, which averages at £18.06. The UK’s capital is also an expensive option for drinks as cocktails for two in a four star hotel will knock you back an eye-watering £22.60. Sheffield by comparison, shines again as the best value option, with a tipple for two costing just £13.22.

The title of best value city last year went to Nottingham, which this year falls a sharp seven places to eighth position, while the top three most expensive cities, Edinburgh, Cambridge and London have remained as such for two consecutive years.

Director of Marketing Sheffield, Brendan Moffett said:

“We are delighted that we have been acknowledged as the best value city break in the UK.

“ We have seen significant investment in the hospitality sector in recent years with excellent hotels and a top-class food and drink offer (including many award winning locally produced craft beers).

We are also proud of our excellent cultural assets from the award winning Sheffield Theatres and Museums, to popular attractions such as the iconic Winter Gardens and Botanical Gardens through to the fascinating heritage of Kelham Island, Magna and the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet'

Sheffield is also on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, with many visitors enjoying the climbing, walking and cycling opportunities on offer. The globally renowned Chatsworth is also within easy reach.

“We have an excellent events and festivals programme all year round. Whether it's playing host to World events such as Tour de France or World Snooker or the international creativity of Doc Fest and Tramlines music festival, there's always something happening

"Above all we pride ourselves on a great Yorkshire welcome and look forward to embracing many more visitors in the coming year".

 

Top 10 cities to save

Ranking

City

Hotel

Taxi

Dinner

Dry martini

TOTAL

2013 position

1

Sheffield

£69.35

£7.64

£63.73

£13.22

£153.94

3rd

2

Birmingham

£75.49

£10.00

£64.01

£16.56

£166.06

6th

3

Cardiff

£86.99

£12.00

£58.65

£15.60

£173.24

2nd

4

Newcastle

£88.24

£12.00

£59.94

£16.08

£176.26

8th

5

Bristol

£91.55

£14.42

£58.48

£15.98

£180.43

5th

6

Leeds

£87.33

£10.40

£68.08

£18.52

£184.33

4th

7

Liverpool

£100.42

£11.81

£61.86

£15.68

£189.77

Same position

8

Nottingham

£102.99

£11.60

£69.91

£14.68

£199.18

1st

9

Manchester

£100.26

£12.94

£69.36

£17.08

£199.64

11th

10

Belfast

£105.39

£11.40

£73.01

£14.56

£204.36

12th

Top 10 cities to splurge

Ranking

City

Hotel

Taxi

Dinner

Dry martini

TOTAL

2013 position

1

Edinburgh

£233.47

£12.14

£69.89

£15.78

£331.28

1st

2

Cambridge

£179.51

£13.15

£67.39

£17.50

£277.55

Same position

3

London

£167.70

£18.06

£59.26

£22.60

£267.62

Same position

4

Oxford

£158.00

£14.45

£67.27

£16.40

£256.12

6th

5

Bath

£147.61

£13.24

£64.35

£15.08

£240.28

Same position

6

York

£145.64

£13.44

£62.33

£16.36

£237.77

11th

7

Brighton

£151.76

£14.20

£54.09

£17.40

£237.45

4th

8

Glasgow

£133.34

£9.20

£59.51

£16.18

£218.23

12th

9

Chester

£117.01

£12.65

£58.75

£16.74

£205.15

8th

10

Southampton

£111.98

£14.06

£61.77

£17.00

£204.81

Not included last year


About TripIndex UK Cities

TripIndex prices out the following items in each destination:

  • · Per night cost a four-star hotel (between 1 August and 31 August 2014)
  • · Cost of two two-mile taxi journeys
  • · Cost of an alcoholic cocktail (dry martini) – for two
  • · Cost of a meal for two (starter and main – salad and steak and chips with a bottle of house wine

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below. The ‘basket’ of items – one night’s accommodation, two two-mile taxi journeys; salad starter and steak and chips two course meal with a bottle of house wine and a dry martini – are representative of the items many travellers will purchase while on holiday.

Hotels: Hotel prices shown specify the average cost of a four and 4.5 star hotel found on TripAdvisor (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the period of 1 August – 31 August 2014). On average, 22 hotels were price-checked to identify the average cost of one night’s accommodation in each city.

Dry Martini: Dry Martini prices shown specify the cost of a traditional dry martini in the main/largest bar in a top-rated four-star hotel on TripAdvisor in each destination.

Dinner for two: Dinner prices shown specify the cost of a two course meal of a salad and steak and chips with a house bottle of wine in a mid-range restaurant in each destination.

Taxi: Taxi prices shown specify the cost of a two-mile taxi journey (return) in each destination. Data was obtained from the local council or a large taxi company operating in the area. Please note taxi prices will vary according to a number of factors, including number of passengers, pick-up/drop-off points, traffic, time of day, method of booking, luggage, etc.