UK’s most walkable city has ‘magnificent’ attractions

Travel chaos defined the summer with cancelled flights, train strikes and traffic jams dominating the headlines.

It’s no surprise that more and more British holidaymakers are attracted to walkable destinations where there’s no need to rely on public transport.

New research from the team at Preply has found the most walkable city in the UK and luckily for staycationing Britons, it’s packed with incredible attractions.

The team analysed the walking distance and number of steps between each city’s top five attractions to find the easiest to explore on foot.

But where was the most pedestrian friendly city in the UK?

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Oxford topped the rankings and was named the UK’s most walkable city and it takes just 2,310 steps to explore the top attractions.

Famed for its university, Oxford was nicknamed the “City of Dreaming Spires” due to its medieval architecture.

A Tripadvisor spokesperson said: “In the city of dreaming spires, academia takes centre stage. Gaze out at Oxford’s world-famous colleges from the top of St Mary’s Church Tower before heading into the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets.”

The city’s top attraction is the Bodleian Library, one of Europe’s oldest libraries with over 13 million printed items.

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A tourist ‘Janet M’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “Really interesting tour and I learned a lot about the history of the building from our guide Anne, who was very knowledgeable. The library is magnificent and well worth seeing.”

Other top city attractions include the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the University Museum of Natural History.

As the majority of Oxford’s top attractions are centred around the University, it’s easy to walk between the sights.

However, the UK isn’t particularly pedestrian friendly when compared to other European destinations. Seville was the continent’s most walkable city.

The UK failed to make the top 20 ranking, losing out to Venice, Porto, Florence and Athens among others.

Brighton and York took second and third spot for walkability while Bath was named the UK’s least walkable city.

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