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Liverpool retains the top spot as the favourite UK city of the Irish

submited Mon 20 Oct, 2014

-      Hotel group Jurys Inn ranks the UK destinations most and least visited by the Irish

-      Bradford, Plymouth and Aberdeen not feeling the love from Irish tourists

The Irish are travelling to Liverpool in their droves according to new figures released by Jurys Inn today. The hotel group analysed stays across its UK hotels to find out where, outside of London, Irish visitors are travelling to and the figures reveal that the home of the Beatles is still our favourite destination, followed closely by Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Liverpool remains the top holiday hotspot for the second year in a row, with the city’s numerous attractions and exciting nightlife luring a whopping 15% of Jurys Inn’s Irish guests to the city according to the figures. Birmingham comes in as the second most-visited city by the Irish, followed by the ever-popular cities of Edinburgh (11%), Manchester (10%) and Glasgow (9%).

Jurys Inn, which is based in 20 cities across Britain, analysed stays by Irish guests in its UK hotels for the first half of this year to determine where the Irish are visiting and what undiscovered gems we’re not considering when visiting the UK.

Commenting on the findings, Group Marketing Manager for Jurys Inn Suzanne Cannon said, “Liverpool’s impressive cultural heritage, football legacy and trendy urban areas make the city a great tourist destination. However the city’s Irish roots and proximity to Ireland are also a real selling point so it is no surprise that so many of us are flocking there every year!”

The figures also reveal the least-preferred travel spots among the Irish, and while Scottish cities Edinburgh and Glasgow are two of the most popular destinations, their northern neighbour Aberdeen is being ranked as the third least-visited hotel by the Irish, just behind Plymouth and Bradford.

“Our Edinburgh and Glasgow hotels remain popular city break destinations for the Irish, and we have seen visitor numbers grow further in the past 12 months due in part to big events such as the Commonwealth Games. Nearby Aberdeen however is being seriously underrated by the Irish. As one of Britain’s most liveable cities, it boasts a wealth of wallet-friendly cultural attractions and trendy restaurants and bars and is just an hour and a half from Dublin.” added Cannon.

Plymouth meanwhile, located in the picturesque county of Devon and with stunning views of Plymouth Sound, is being side-lined by the Irish, coming in as the second least favourite location for a city break. Coming in at the bottom of the list is Bradford. Right next to the shopping mecca of Leeds, the area is bulging with approximately 1,000 retail stores and is just an hour from Dublin.

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