YORK has been named as the most popular destination for city breaks in the UK.

Research by short break specialist Superbreak puts the city in the top spot for 2013, ahead of long-standing number one destination Edinburgh, which is now second.

The findings, revealed as part of the company’s annual booking trends report, put Manchester at third, Windermere and South Lakes fourth, and Stratford-upon-Avon at fifth.

Yorkshire fared well in the top ten, with Leeds placing seventh, and Harrogate ninth.

Reviewing figures from the last three years, Superbreak also found that the favourite destination of people living in Yorkshire, for a few days away, is in fact Yorkshire.

Jane Atkins at York-based Superbreak said: “Those of us in the region know that Yorkshire has so much to offer, whether it’s exploring the stunning landscapes, discovering the historical towns, or getting involved in the masses of cultural activities on offer.”