British people are more likely to have visited the French capital than Scotland’s Edinburgh, according to a new YouGov poll.
The survey asked 8,000 Brits which of 22 cities in the UK and 11 foreign cities they had ever visited.
Unsurprisingly London topped the list, with 86 per cent of Brits saying they had set foot in the capital at some point. After that came Birmingham and Manchester, two places that could both make viable claims to be Britain’s second city. Edinburgh, at 55 per cent, came in fourth and was the last city on the list that the majority of Brits say they’ve visited.
Paris was the most likely destination of the 11 foreign cities included in the survey, slightly ahead of Edinburgh at 56 per cent. Dutch capital Amsterdam, famous for its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops, is the second most popular destination for Brits abroad, with 42 per cent saying they’ve visited.
That puts Amsterdam above Nottingham, Glasgow and Sheffield on the list of cities Britons have been to.
Dublin, Rome and New York were the next most likely foreign cities to have been frequented of those included in the survey.
The YouGov poll also found that certain groups in society are more likely to have visited some cities than others. Overall, the survey suggests that men, older people and the middle classes were the most likely to travel.
The research found that of those polled, women were less likely to have visited every British city — except London — than men, but more likely to have visited foreign cities like Rome and Paris.
The survey also found that middle class people were more likely to have visited every single city in the poll than their working class counterparts, perhaps because of their greater disposable income or increased likelihood to hold jobs that ask them to travel.