York beats Bath and Edinburgh to be named safest city in the world

Three UK cities make top ten in tourist poll - but where is the most dangerous?

Lucy Clarke-Billings
Monday 09 March 2015 15:48 GMT
York City Walls
York City Walls (Getty )

Holidaymakers have voted the historic walled city of York the safest place to visit in the world.

The survey, by Post Office Travel insurance, found only one per cent of British travellers considered the city to be ‘risky’.

And it revealed tourists - considering the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to be the most dangerous - placed three other British cities in the top ten.

The survey of 2,075 UK adults showed that 72 per cent felt the traditional country town of Yorkshire was safe, compared to one per cent considering it risky, and 26 per cent having no view.

In contrast, only seven per cent thought Cairo was safe - and 56 per cent felt it was dangerous to visit.

But London did not even make the top ten - with 58 per cent deeming the capital safe and 16 per cent risky.

A stolen wallet (24 per cent) was the most common occurrence for those who had had problems in cities.

Bangkok, Istanbul and Marrakech were also deemed most risky to visit on a short break.

Of the eight UK and Ireland destinations in the survey, the least-safe was Belfast with only 37 per cent deeming it a sensible destination choice.

But although 53 per cent reckoned Manchester was safe, 20 per cent thought the city was risky - a higher figure than that for Belfast (19 per cent).

Top ten safest cities in the world -

1. York

2. Bath

3. Edinburgh

4. Brighton

5. Venice

6. Vienna

7. Dublin

8. Florence

9. Stockholm

10. Copenhagen

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