Beautiful views are one of the best parts of a trip away. It doesn’t get better than sitting out on a balcony and admiring a pristine beach, or just wandering a twisty, intricate, historic city centre. But some places, sadly, just don’t quite have that awe-inspiring look.
This year we surveyed more than 20,000 of our readers about their hometowns (as part of the Time Out Index), quizzing them about stuff like nightlife, culture, food and drink – and also whether they would describe their city as beautiful or not. And where came bottom, you ask? Manchester, which locals apparently think is very ugly indeed. Just 11 percent, in fact, said they would use the word beautiful to describe their city.
We actually think there are some pretty dazzling bits of the UK’s de facto second city, from the John Rylands Library to Bridgewater Hall. The city’s residents have spoken, though, and of all the hundreds of cities where we surveyed people, it came a firm last. Second least beautiful was Berlin, and third was Bangkok. The locals have spoken!
And if you’re wondering about the world’s most beautiful cities? Well, Edinburgh came a deserving top (as well as being named the best city in the world overall), followed by Cape Town and Prague. And can we argue with that? No. No we probably can’t.
Now read our full list of the 53 best cities in the world in 2022.