Manchester named in the UK’s top ten destinations - MIDAS

Manchester named in the UK’s top ten destinations

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announces the results of its 2012 Travellers’ Choice® Destinations Awards, honouring the top destinations in the world, Europe and the UK as decided by millions of travellers. 

It’s good news for Manchester, which was named the UK’s seventh best destination. London dominated the awards and was named the world’s, Europe’s and the UK’s best destination – with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games fast approaching, it’s a well-timed triumph for the capital.

Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson, commented: “The UK is a wonderful place for travellers.  With so many beautiful towns, villages, sites, cities and more on offer, it’s a tremendous honour for Manchester to be named amongst the UK’s best destinations.”

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that Manchester has been recognised in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

“The city is known around the world for its sport and musical exports – and these will be on show all the more in 2012 thanks to the opening of the National Football Museum in July, Olympic Football fixtures at Old Trafford and the return of ‘Madchester’ favourites New Order, The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses all playing in the city.

“The international connectivity offered by Manchester Airport and the speed and frequency of rail services from London has made the city more accessible than ever before. In 2011, Greater Manchester welcomed over 1.1m international visitors and we’re hopeful we can top that in 2012.”

European category: London comes out ahead of arch rivals

London’s arch rivals on the tourist trail, Rome and Paris, trailed after the UK capital in second and third places respectively in the European category.

The only other UK city to rank in this list was Edinburgh, which took 13th place.

UK category: Spotlight off the south

Following London as runner-up in the UK category was Edinburgh, with Liverpool claiming third place.

While London may have reigned supreme, the south – well-known for its many famous sites and cities – only had one other destination in the list alongside the capital: Torquay in fourth place.  The north was well-represented with Liverpool, Manchester and Blackpool ranking third, seventh and eighth respectively. 

Scotland had two top ten finishers in this year’s list (Edinburgh in second and Glasgow in fifth) while both Wales and Northern Ireland claimed one destination each (Belfast in sixth place and Llandudno in tenth).

The 2012 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners







1 London   1 London   1 London
2 NYC   2 Rome   2 Edinburgh
3 Rome   3 Paris   3 Liverpool
4 Paris   4 Istanbul   4 Torquay
5 San Francisco   5 Barcelona   5 Glasgow
6 Marrakech   6 Berlin   6 Belfast
7 Istanbul   7 Florence   7 Manchester
8 Barcelona   8 Prague   8 Blackpool
9 Siem Reap   9 Dublin   9 Birmingham
10 Berlin   10 Amsterdam     10 Llandudno

The Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.  Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favorites and most highly rated places. 

For the complete 2012 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, go to (please note this link will be live from 00:01 Tuesday 1st May).

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