Durham loses out to Edinburgh in race to be Britain’s best city

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DURHAM has narrowly missed out on the title of the UK’s best city to visit.

 Readers of The Guardian and The Observer were asked to pick their favourite cities, countries, hotels and attractions to visit.

 They voted Durham ahead of Bath, Newcastle and Liverpool in the prestigious awards, but the cathedral city was beaten by Edinburgh which received the most votes.

 However, the vote has seen Durham move up the table from third in last year’s survey, which put it behind Edinburgh and York.

 The accolade comes shortly after Guardian readers voted for Durham Cathedral as Britain’s best building and Durham scooped six gold awards in the North East Tourism Awards last week.

 Visit County Durham hopes the latest title will boost tourism numbers during the traditionally quiet seasons of autumn and winter.

 Events on the calendar which will attract visitors include Durham Book Festival, its first food and drink festival, the 25th anniversary of the inscription of its World Heritage Site and Lumiere light festival. Tourism is worth £650million to the county’s economy, sustains 12,000 jobs and attracts 18million visitors per year.