Manchester is the BEST City in the UK for a Summer Break in 2021

New research has crowned Manchester as the best city to staycation in this summer.

By Alex Watson | 20 April 2021

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2021 is the year of the staycation and it turns out our humble city is the best place in the UK for a summer vacay.

Despite the lack of beaches or 99p ice creams, Manchester has come out on top on newly-conducted research as the best city for a summer break.


Courtesy of Staybridge Suites, cities up and down the country were scored out of 10 on a range of summer amenities, including rooftop bars, percentage of green spaces, riverside activities and lidos, outdoor pools, open water swimming areas.

With 7.5, Manchester came out on top way ahead of the rest…

  1. Manchester – 7.52
  2. Newcastle & Bristol
  3. Liverpool – 6.5
  4. Nottingham – 5.5
  5. Belfast & Glasgow – 5
  6. Leicester, Edinburgh & Southampton – 4.5
  7. Birmingham, Sheffield & Dundee – 4
  8. Leeds & London – 3


It was Manchester’s vast collection of bars and restaurants lining the River Irwell and the Bridgewater Canal as well as being home to the most rooftop bars outside of the capital that stood out to Staybridge Suites.

“Once restrictions are lifted, it is likely that holidays will be restricted to the UK this summer [and] whilst the coast and countryside are the usual option in the British summer, our research shows that there are lots of amazing activities to enjoy in the UK”.

“Cities like Newcastle have perfect summer settings and breathtaking countryside a short drive away, offering the best of both.

“Post lockdown, we are anticipating a big increase in people choosing self-catering accommodation options and the flexibility to feel safe in a home away from home”. – Lisa Crocker – Regional General Manager, Staybridge Suites

If you’re thinking of making the most of the city this year, there are plenty of options for a mint staycation.

From April 12th, Native apart-hotels at Ducie Street Warehouse is welcoming guests into their self-contained apartments as per Boris’ roadmap out of lockdown rules.

Currently, you can work, play and stay including tucking into some delicious grub on their covered and heated terrace or grab a coffee from The Counter.

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