The Lancashire town where sunshine costs £10.35 an hour

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With cheap hotels and plenty of sunshine it’s no wonder crowds flock to this area

 

Blackpool's beach is warmed in the sunshine
Blackpool’s beach is warmed in the sunshine (Image: Getty Images)

Summer staycations will be on the calendar for most of us this year but have you ever wondered where you can get the cheapest amount of sun from without having to go abroad?

Out of 63 seaside towns in the UK, Blackpool has been found to have the second cheapest cost per hour of sun at only £10.35, just missing the top spot by 80p according to a survey by vouchercloud.

Felixstowe is the cheapest spot at £9.55, while Fleetwood came in at number seven on the list with the cost per hour of sunshine coming in at £11.96.

Another North West seaside location also made the list, with Southport coming in at number 18 at £13.13 per hour of sun.

vouchercloud used Google Hotels and historic Met Office data to calculate the best value hour of sunshine in the UK.

Research showed that the average price of a hotel in Blackpool for one night is £60.75 – with an average of five hours and 56 minutes of sunshine on a typical summers day – working out at £10.35 an hour.

With fantastic attractions day and night, there may be more chances of visiting this seaside town this year as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

People enjoy the sunshine at Blackpool beach,
People enjoy the sunshine at Blackpool beach (Image: PA)

In Blackpool, there’s a huge variety of things to do to keep all ages entertained.

For family days out, or trips with friends, you can enjoy the Sea Life Centre, the Blackpool Circus and Dungeons of course the Pleasure Beach.

But if you’re sticking to a budget this summer, a day on the beach and a walk up the promenade is more than enough to satisfy your sun needs – just remember your sun cream!

And a trip to the seaside isn’t complete without some traditional food.

Pick up some fish and chips, find a huge range of Blackpool rock stalls, grab some freshly made doughnuts and treat yourself to an ice cream to cool you down. But beware of the notorious seagulls.

Whilst visiting Blackpool, a day of sun might not be enough for you so here are five of the cheapest hotels in Blackpool to extend your stay there:

Las Palmas hotel by the sea

This three and a half star TripAdvisor rated hotel is only a three minute walk away from the main promenade so when you’ve had your fill of sun for the day, it won’t take you long to get back to your hotel.

Rooms here start at £20 per night with free internet and a bar.

Stockton Grange hotel

Rated three stars on TripAdvisor. Pet friendly hotel on a budget that bring the best of Blackpool to your doorstep pets

Rooms at this hotel start at £20 per night.

Peek a Booze hotel

Adult only hotel with a cabaret themed bar and nightclub rated four stars on TripAdvisor.

Rooms here cost between £25-£30 each night.

The Marine Hotel

This three star rated hotel is a family friendly small hotel that provides free breakfast and is only a six minute walk from the beach.

Rooms start at £27 per night.

Travelodge Blackpool South Shore

For a cheap night in Blackpool, this Travelodge is rated four stars and provides a mix of value, comfort and convenience, all within a budget friendly setting.

Rooms here start at £28 per night.