Seasides top league of favourite British ‘staycation’ destinations

Bookings for seaside B&Bs this summer are already up 10.3% year on year

Analysis of long weekend booking patterns, by online booking engine Eviivo, reveals that the seaside is the favourite place for extended weekend stays.  

Seaside locations including Blackpool, Torquay, Scarborough, Weymouth and Brighton figure prominently in Eviivo’s analysis, which is based on aggregate annual booking data from nearly 6,000 bed and breakfasts and small hotels UK-wide.

Eviivo has attributed its findings to the heavy investment in the arts and a flourishing food culture which has created a surge of interest in seaside towns.

Spending a long weekend in London is still a popular choice, and the capital takes second place in the overall list behind Blackpool, but the remainder of the top 20 is largely comprised of seaside resorts.

Forward booking data by Eviivo for this year also points to B&Bs becoming increasingly popular with UK and international guests, with bookings for this summer already up 10.3% year on year.

The renaissance in B&Bs is attributable to the emergent popularity of independent British accommodation providers and the weaker pound, which is acting as both a deterrent for international travel and a magnet for inbound tourist traffic.

Commenting on the findings, Ruth Whitehead, director at Eviivo, said: “Long weekend breaks, romantic or otherwise, provide an all-important punctuation mark for British workers and are a great opportunity to experience some of the UK’s hidden gems.”

Find the full set of rankings below:


Ranking City/town
1. Blackpool
2. London
3. Edinburgh
4. Torquay
5. York
6. Scarborough
7. Weymouth
8. Glasgow
9. Llandudn
10. Great Yarmouth
11. Shanklin
12. Newquay
13. Norwich
14. Bournemouth
15. Keswick
16. Paignton
17. Whitby
18. Canterbury
19. Brighton
20. Windermere


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Lewis Catchpole

Lewis is a multimedia journalist and a alumnus of the University of Sheffield. He is a keen reader, follower of all sports and an avid supporter of Manchester United, for better or for worse. If you have any news or feature ideas please do not hesitate to contact.

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