Belfast is UK's fourth most expensive city for an Easter staycation
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A new ranking has named Belfast as one of the most expensive cities for a staycation this Easter, as it’s the UK’s fourth-priciest holiday destination.
The ranking, put together by data analysts at online.casino, utilises new insights provided by AirDNA and found that the average holiday rental is now a fifth more expensive (21%) than it was last year - with some parts of the UK seeing bigger price hikes than others.
Last year, Britons could enjoy a night away for £112 or a week away over Easter, but now they’ll have to shell out at least £136 per-night - equivalent to over £800 for a week-long trip.
This cost only covers accommodation, and not any cleaning, service or additional fees.
This is bad news for the holidaymakers who’ve swapped their trip abroad for a staycation to cut costs - with some popular destinations proving costlier to visit than others.
The city has seen a notable increase in accommodation costs compared to last year on top of its already high prices - with rates jumping 31% (from £121 per-night to £159).
For a weeklong stay, people will need to spend £954 on accommodation - and sadly, the research reveals there’s no UK destination that offers a six-night stay for less than £500.
Those looking to visit Belfast - famed for being the Titanic’s birthplace - should prioritise getting their stay booked sooner rather than later, as the data reveals that Easter prices will peak on April 1 in the city this year, meaning per-night rates will increase to £194.
As well as its impressive naval history, Belfast is known for its stunning landscapes and beautiful historical buildings - including Cave Hill Country Park and Belfast Castle.
On the other end of the scale, the cheapest destination to visit this Easter came out as Leicester, with a one night stay costing just £94 a night - having increased by 33% this year.
People looking to enjoy a week in Leicester will pay just over £565 for a six-night stay - rising to £708 when booked over this year’s peak date (March 31).
Although booked average rates typically decrease as a date gets closer - especially if hosts put on last-minute offers - families planning an Easter getaway will have to compete against others who are also looking to take advantage of the school holidays.
Top 10 most expensive UK destinations to visit this Easter
City of London - £201 a night
Brighton - £172 a night
Oxford - £168 a night
Belfast - £159 a night
Cambridge - £158 a night
York - £155 a night
Bristol - £153 a night
Edinburgh - £149 a night
Cardiff - £141 a night
Manchester - £140 a night
Speaking on the data, Online.Casino said: “It’s shocking to see that a week away this Easter will set you back £800 for accommodation alone - especially given so many of us consider staying in the UK to be cheaper than heading abroad.”