Whitby takes crown as most popular place in Britain for a staycation

Whitby has taken the crown of the most popular resort for a staycations from the past year, beating off competition from Welsh holiday spots Tenby and Anglesey.

By Duncan Atkins
Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 10:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 10:19 am
Whitby is the most popular holiday destination, according to Snaptrip.
Whitby is the most popular holiday destination, according to Snaptrip.

The seaside town was the most popular destination for British holidaymakers in 2019, according to holiday rental agency Snaptrip, and has an average price of £490 for three nights - 8% less than the UK average.

After analysing annual booking and traffic data, Snaptrip discovered that the south of England is no longer a popular staycation hotspot for British holidaymakers, with parts of Northern England and Wales dominating the top 10 list.

It said: "Whitby has long been a popular tourist destination, due to its close proximity to the North York Moors National Park and its heritage coastline.

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"The once fishing and whaling town has an extensive maritime, mineral and tourist history, with the ruins of Whitby Abbey a famous attraction.

"The average price for a three-night stay in Whitby is £490, 8% less than the UK average of £528."

Here's the full list:

1. Whitby - £490

2. Tenby - £576

3. Anglesey - £495

4. York - £480

5. Dyfed (Pembrokeshire) - £455

6. Keswick - £592

7. St Ives - £596

8. Isle of Wight - £470

9. Newquay - £494

10. Skegness - £341

Matt Fox, CEO and co-founder of Snaptrip, said: “Some might be surprised that Whitby is the most popular staycation destination.

"Many think of the Lake District or Cornwall when they think of ‘British holiday’, but there’s a real emerging trend for holidaying in the North East - it’s got some of the most breathtaking scenery our country has to offer, and it’s quite a bit cheaper!"

Snaptrip is a marketplace for travellers to discover the best last-minute cottage, apartment and lodge holiday deals in the UK, Ireland and other European destinations.

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