Most luxurious destinations to visit on a UK getaway named – which came top?

Lucy Alexander and Ruth Langsford enjoy luxury hotel lunch

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Which UK cities have the most luxurious places to eat, shop and sleep? This is the question a new study by money.co.uk tried to answer.

The most luxurious UK destinations have been named.

The most luxurious cities ranked by number of luxury venues had little surprises in store.

London took the first spot by an amazingly big margin, with 628 luxury venues to the 29 in Manchester, which took the second spot.

But luxury venues were not the only way to rank UK cities.

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And surprisingly, London came fifth in another ranking.

Looking at the most luxurious cities per square kilometre, it was Padstow that took the first spot.

Even more incredibly, three Cornish spots were listed in the top 10.

Alongside Padstow, St Ives and Newquay also ranked well when it came to the most luxurious shops, restaurants and hotels in the UK.

The study looked at five-star hotel, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer stores (luxury venues) and then divided the number by the cities’ sizes.

While London has the most number of luxury venues in the UK, its size worked against it and it only made fifth.

After Plastow was Bath, which took second place.

The Somerset spa town has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times, and it has attracted luxury-lovers for centuries.

Visitors can visit the only British natural thermal hot spring they can bathe in at Thermae Bath Spa.

In third place was the Cornish town of Newquay.

Lichfield, in Staffordshire, came fourth.

One of the biggest attractions of the city is the cathedral, the only medieval three-spired cathedral in the UK.

In sixth place after London was Oxford and in seventh place was the last Cornish town of St Ives.

Manchester came eighth, ahead of Brighton and Cambridge.

Top 10 most luxurious UK cities per square kilometre
1. Padstow
2. Bath
3. Newquay
4. Lichfield
5. London
6. Oxford
7. St Ives
8. Manchester
9. Brighton
10. Cambridge

Top 10 most luxurious UK cities by number of luxury venues
1. London 
2. Manchester 
3. Birmingham 
4. Glasgow 
5. Bristol 
6. Oxford 
7. Brighton 
8. Bath 
9. Cardiff 
10. Leeds 
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