York rated as Britain’s tenth-best Christmas shopping city

Christmas shoppers on Parliament Street, York
4 Dec 2019 @ 8.49 pm
| Shopping

A new rating of the best seasonal shopping cities sees York ranked at number ten.

Researchers studied British cities taking into account factors such as how busy each place is, how many shops there are to explore, the size and rating of the Christmas market, traffic, parking “and that all important chance of snow”.


Taking these factors into account Edinburgh was ranked number one for Christmas shopping.

The research was carried out by hotel chain Premier Inn, which created a unique algorithm to see which cities offer the most ‘festively stress-free shopping experience in the UK’.

Best UK cities for Christmas shopping

1. Edinburgh

2. Glasgow

3. Oxford

4. Newcastle

5. Belfast

6. Bournemouth

7. Southampton

8. Manchester

9. Brighton

10. York

11. Nottingham

12. Bristol

13. Cardiff

14. Birmingham

15. Liverpool

16. London

17. Swansea

18. Leicester

19. Leeds

20. Sheffield


As for York at number ten, the researchers said:

  • Yet another city that has a quaint beauty that perfectly matches Christmas time.

    With its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, York is an ideal place for a festive shopping trip.

In its guide to shopping in York the hotel chain picks out Shambles, the St Nicholas Fair and York Designer Outlet.