Manchester revealed as the most relaxed UK city during lockdown


Now that everyone has stopped tearing toilet roll off supermarket shelves, we’re beginning to see who’s adjusted best to life under lock and key.

According to statistics, Manchester has actually taken lockdown in its stride better than any other region in the country.

A new study conducted by spa booking service, SpaSeekers, has revealed Manchester as the calmest location during the pandemic – with high resident participation in home workouts, yoga sessions, at-home spa treatments, meditation practices and skincare routines.

Manchester scored high across all “zen factors” and finished top of the chart by five clear points – with Newcastle-upon-Tyne not too far behind.

SpaSeekers said: “Thanks to high scores across the board, it’s the city where people are searching for the best ways to look after themselves at home, with at home meditation and skincare as the city’s top priority with scores of 15. Manchester’s inhabitants clearly want to clear their minds as much as their skin.”


Other cities that have kept a cool head include Liverpool, Southampton and Norwich.

The top ten calmest cities overall were found to be:

  1. Manchester
  2. Newcastle
  3. Liverpool
  4. Southampton
  5. Norwich
  6. Bristol
  7. Glasgow
  8. Nottingham
  9. Leeds
  10. Birmingham

Other regions have not adapted quite so well to the current climate, however.

It’s probably not too much of a surprise to see the consistently-chaotic capital of London revealed as one of the least calm places in the UK – but it didn’t score lowest.

That honour went to South Wales – with Cardiff scoring a dismal six points and showing very little engagement with any sort of relaxation treatments or exercise.

Looks like they need to take a leaf out of Mancunians’ books.

Keep calm, Manchester. We’re doing alright.

Check out the full results here.

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