We’re right in the middle of holiday season, and while plenty of pale people jet off to sunnier locations to burn by the pool or sizzle by the sea, there is a growing number who are choosing to experience what’s on their own doorstep. And for those canny penny pinchers, the travel website Tripadviser have produced the perfect compendium; their City Cost Comparison.
The index lists cities in order of how expensive it is to spend a night in that city as a tourist using four standardised categories; a one night stay in 4-Star Hotel, a 5-mile taxi ride, a pizza and a dry Martini. You wouldn’t leave anyone at Tripadviser in charge of organizing your stag or hen do if that’s their idea of a good night out.
Of those cities surveyed Manchester came out as the 5th cheapest city in the UK to enjoy a night out, with the damage to your bank balance being £135.89. Belfast was deemed the cheapest city in the UK, costing just £106.54 and London, unsurprisingly, is the most costly at an eye-watering £227.99 for the night.
But what else could you get for £135.89 in Manchester? Here’s my advice:
£3.50 Day-rider Bus Ticket
£10.00 For a Pieminister Pie with mash, gravy and peas at Pi in Chorlton and one of there fine beers from the extensive menu.
£15.00 Pick up a couple of classic Vinyl records from Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street
£7.50 Take a ride on the Manchester Wheel
£10.00 See a film at the independent Cornerhouse and enjoy a drink in the bar
£73.50 Wagyu “KOBE” Fillet at Grill on the Alley: A steak From the Wagyu breed of cow, which is reared on a beer diet and massaged from birth and washed down with a bottle of Pinot Noir.
£0.89 A king size snickers from Aleefs Newsagents
£15:50 A night in an 8-bed dorm at Hatters Hostel in the Hilton Chamber