The UK’s ‘most underrated’ major city is not what you might expect

Forget Cardiff, Edinburgh or London, Glasgow is the place to go if you’re looking for the UK’s most “underrated” major city.

The Scottish city, which boasts world class museums, galleries and historical sites, came in third in a list of hidden gem staycation destinations.

According to the research, traditional places such as Cornwall, Devon and the Lake District were out, with “bored” UK residents wanting somewhere “fresh”.

Glasgow – which is home to breweries, distilleries and around 400 pubs – received 12 percent of the vote of 2,000 Brits surveyed for the poll.

Blackpool topped the list, followed by the cathedral city of Carlisle.

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A spokesman for Dacia, which compiled the list, said many people now want to go against the “norm”.

He said: “A total of 64 percent said they yearned for fresh ideas on where to visit.

“Over one-third said they had visited the same staycation spot with friends or family up to four times in their lifetime, with Cornwall, Lake District and Devon topping the list of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.”

But more than half (54 percent) were bored of seeing the same places, he said.

“Our study found that Blackpool and Glasgow were among the most underrated staycation destinations this year.”

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Glasgow’s high position may come as a surprise to some, but not to many people who have recently visited the city, which is home to just over 630,000 people.

According to travel site TripAdvisor it has many charms.

It said: “As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is famed for its culture, shopping and people.

“Spend your day exploring a wide range of fascinating free museums and galleries, enjoying the UK’s best shopping outside of London.”

It added: “Glasgow is also the perfect base for exploring more of Scotland, with great connections to the Highlands and the islands.”

It’s not the first time the city has been listed as the place to go. In 2022, Glasgow was named one of the top five city breaks in the world by Time Out.

It said: “[It’s] the perfect time to visit and explore the place and meet the locals in this city that excels at being outgoing and at going out.”

The full Dacia list was:

1 – Blackpool – 16 percent

2 – Carlisle – 14 percent

3 – Glasgow – 12 percent

4 – Chester – 12 percent

5 – Skegness – 12 percent

6 – Plymouth – 11 percent

7 – Portsmouth – 11 percent

8 – Aberystwyth – 10 percent

9 – Eastbourne – 9 percent

10 – Norwich – 8 percent

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