Staycation? These culture-rich cities are 2019's must-see destinations

New research reveals the best cities for culture outside London

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Yesterday we brought you news that the rise in staycations – in other words, holidaymakers sacrificing going abroad to take a break here at home – was leading to a booming buy to let market for property investors.

But if that's left you wondering where to start looking for a staycation destination this summer, why not consider something a bit different? If, say, you're usually into staycation destinations that focus on the adventure and activities, or the natural beauty of the UK – beautiful Cornish beaches, or perhaps boating in the Lake District – why not consider a staycations with a cultural focus? 

If exploring theatres, museums, and galleries sounds like your idea of the perfect holiday, then the top cities to visit (outside London) may surprise you. 

Recent research* into cities with the most cultural attractions per square mile reveals that the best cities for culture are:  

  • Inverness
  • Durham
  • Bath
  • Stirling
  • Chichester
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Bangor

And the city with the fewest concentration of cultural attractions? Sadly, it's Carlisle. 

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*Data compiled by TicketSource