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Cardiff ranked the second most beautiful city in the UK to wake up in

02 May 2022 2 minute read

Cardiff is the second most beautiful city in the UK to wake up in, according to new research from the Premier Inn hotel group.

Researchers reviewed Instagram data for #goodmorning{city} to reveal which UK and global destinations have the most Insta-uploads posted by early risers.

London grabs the top spot for the most morning posts on Instagram in the UK, and globally, with over 39,630 posts under the hashtag #goodmorningLondon, while Cardiff is in second place with over 1,850 hashtags under #goodmorningCardiff.

The most popular Cardiff locations for early morning snaps are Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Castle and Llandaff Cathedral.

Manchester ranks in third place with over 1,050 hashtags and Edinburgh and Glasgow round off the top five.

Newport finished just outside the top ten UK destinations in 11th place.

Sunrise in London. Photo by David Mark from Pixabay

London also tops the global list for for the most beautiful morning city.  Dubai and Paris, rank second and third respectively and New York is fourth, with Berlin rounding off the top five.

North America

Elsewhere, New York tops the list of most popular cities in North America, followed by Chicago in second place.

San Diego, Toronto and Washington also make it into the top five.

Paris is the most is the most photogenic European destination for early risers and Berlin, Rome, Vienna and Cologne complete the top five.

Sydney takes top spot in Oceania, ahead of Melbourne and Dubai snatched the crown as most popular Asian city

Rio de Janeiro tops the list in South American and Lagos is the clear winner when it comes to the most beautiful cities to wake up to in Africa.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
8 months ago

Waking up in any city…no thanks! But I’ll tell you what, when Premier Inn open their new hotel astride the Cob in Porthmadog they will have to invent a new category…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
8 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The view from the Premier Inn on the docks at Greenock over the Clyde and the Tail o’ the Bank takes some beating

8 months ago

So the criteria is number of morning insta pics and selfies? 🙄 weird that the most densely populated city comes out top. On that note surprising Cardiff is second and that the castle is one of the most photographed items. Beautiful parks, rivers, lakes and some stunning bits of architecture and people like that Norman carbuncle

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
8 months ago

Nice view if you can afford it. Most wish they could wake up in the very communities they were born in but due to numerous holiday homes can only dream that one day they might do the same.

8 months ago

Surely this is just a count of how many times a hashtag has been used on Instagram, rather than any objective assessment of the aesthetic quality of the city.
If a load of people got up early in Truro and took pictures of the former Carrick District Council offices undergoing demolition and the nearby NCP multistory car-park, which is mostly notable for having CAR PARK in big concrete letters repeated 4 times, and the sunrise reflected in a puddle in one of the many potholes in the roads, and uploaded to Instagram with #goodmorningTruro they could win.

Mandi A
Mandi A
8 months ago

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