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What places make you smile?

A survey has discovered the happiest views in Britain – and one of them is right here in York.

While Broadsands beach on Devon’s Exmoor coast has been voted the scene that fills Brits with the most joy, only one street makes the top ten – Shambles.

A special street… Shambles, York. Photograph: YorkMix
It came in ninth in the list, compiled by Best Western Great Britain. The survey asked 2,000 Brits to choose their top five views which most make them smile, before exploring how well these correlate with the locations they’ve actually visited.

And while Shambles was chosen by 14% of those asked, it came top as the most visited in the top ten. Altogether 31% of people had visited the medieval street, more than twice as many as any of the other choices.

The top ten views that make Brits happiest

 ViewChosen by:Visited by:
1Broadsands, Exmoor27%8%
2Iffley Lock, Oxford21%6%
3St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall18%7%
3=Botany Bay, Kent18%5%
5Brownsea Island, Dorset17%11%
5=Portobello, Edinburgh17%15%
5=Stagshaw Gardens, The Lake District17%7%
8The Dales Way, Ilkley15%9%
9The Shambles, York14%31%
9=Walkden Gardens, Manchester14%5%

The research also explored our wider travel habits, revealing that the average number of UK destinations visited in the last five years is five.

Married Brits have visited double the amount of UK destinations as single people.

Rob Paterson, CEO at Best Western Great Britain, said:

  • Our survey highlights some of the best of British places guaranteed to put a smile on people’s faces, perfect for day trippers or holiday makers planning to make the most of the summer over the next few months.

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