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Bank Holiday Weekend: Most popular destinations and hotel prices

22nd August 2014 Print

London is the most popular destination for UK travellers this bank holiday weekend, according to new data from hotel search website In 12th place is Liverpool, where prices have increased by 57 per cent to an average of £138 for the Summer Jam Festival. Just four of the 20 most popular destinations are located overseas (Barcelona, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam).

20 Most Popular Bank Holiday Destinations:

Popularity Ranking – Destination - Average Price 22 - 25 August

1 London £149
2 Blackpool £65
3 Manchester £119
4 Barcelona £119
5 Paris £128
6 Dublin £96
7 Edinburgh £203
8 York £126
9 Birmingham £67
10 Bournemouth £118
11 Brighton £138
12 Liverpool £138
13 Amsterdam £129
14 Leeds £86
15 Glasgow £115
16 Cardiff £94
17 Chester £95
18 Scarborough £84
19 Bristol £91
20 Bath £142

The popularity ranking is based on hotel searches between 22nd and 25th August on The average price is the price per night for a standard double room.

Rise of the ‘Staycation’: Only Four Destinations Located Overseas

Out of the 20 most popular destinations based on searches between 22nd and 25th August, just four are located overseas: Barcelona, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam. In the UK, the most popular destinations are London, Blackpool and Manchester.

Four of the top 20 are coastal resorts in the UK (Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton and Scarborough), which is unfortunate considering the bad weather forecast for this weekend.

Festival Fringe makes Edinburgh Most Expensive Destination

Based on the 20 most popular destinations, Edinburgh is the most expensive this bank holiday weekend. Due to the final weekend of the Festival Fringe, which runs from 1st to 25th August, one night here will cost an average of £203. This is a 41 per cent increase from July, when one night cost just £144 on average.

Prices have also increased in Liverpool, where the Summer Jam (part of the Liverpool International Music Festival) will take place in Sefton Park this weekend. One night will cost an average of £138, which is a 57 per cent increase from just £88 on average during August. This makes Liverpool the fourth most expensive destination, after Edinburgh, London and Bath.

Denise Bartlett, UK Public Relations: “Edinburgh has come under fire recently for inflated hotel prices during the popular Festival Fringe, so it is a shame to see hotel prices rise in Liverpool for a smaller event. The cheapest hotel prices this bank holiday can be found in Blackpool (average of £65 per night), Birmingham (£67), Scarborough (£84) and Leeds (£86).”

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