After a tough year of lockdowns and tight travel restrictions, many of us are dreaming of a springtime break.
Perhaps Italian city breaks and Mexican beach excursions are off the cards for a while, but there might still be a chance that we’ll be able to enjoy a spring holiday in the UK.
Premier Inn has researched more than 500 global cities on Instragram to see which locations are shared the most in spring.
Amazingly, London is the most Instagrammed city in the world at springtime, ahead of Paris, New York, Moscow and Seattle.
There were more than 73,000 mentions of #SpringinLondon on the site.
A spokesperson from Premier Inn said: “With travel so limited at the moment, we’re busy dreaming about where to go when the sun starts shining again, and Instagram has revealed some lovely ideas for the prettiest cities in spring.
“The UK’s capital comes out top not just nationally but also for the entire world, and our research also highlights some other beautiful cities both in the UK and abroad that would be perfect for a much-needed spring break.”
So which other UK cities are people sharing on Instagram during spring?
There were more than 1,330 mentions of #SpringinEdinburgh on Instagram.
The city boasts beautiful cherry blossoms and Instagram users are snapping pictures of the trees as well as sun-soaked images of The Meadows.
Quaint streets like Circus Lane flooded with morning rays inspired Instagrammers to share too.
There were more than 1,000 mentions of #SpringinGlasgow on Instagram.
The Scottish location is the third most popular British city on the photo sharing site.
Snappers were keen to show off Glasgow’s award-winning Pollock Park, the pretty Queens Park south side of the city, and the Kelvin Walkway, a 10 mile rural-feeling route which takes in the River Clyde.
There were more than 760 mentions of #SpringinOxford on Instagram.
Naturally, there were photos of the river, flanked by meadows of bright yellow buttercups.
The pink petals on the trees by Magdalen Street and the pretty blossoms in the grounds of St John’s College were among the most snapped.
More than 340 photo captions on Instagram mentioned #SpringinBristol.
The pretty Ashton Court Estate, and its deer, were among the most photographed springtime sights.
Also photographed were the babbling streams below the green canopy in Nightingale Valley, Brislington, and the hidden garden on Bishops Knoll.
#SpringinExeter had more than 320 mentions on Instagram.
Cherry blossoms in the grounds of the city’s university were a popular sight, as were daffodils by the water.
Most of the photos were of a bright umbrella installation in 2018, an artwork that unfortunately had to be taken down due to heavy rain!
There were more than 260 mentions of #SpringinLeeds on Instagram.
Users were sharing their alfresco picnic lunches in Park Square, along with the purple crocuses popping up in Potternewton Park.
Blossoms outside the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, the white petals near Kirkstall Abbey and the bright red tulips of Hyde Park were popular.
There wee more than 230 mentions of #SpringinBath on the picture-sharing site.
From hazy sunny dawns to the lilac wisteria in Camden Crescent, Bath visitors and residents loved sharing their snaps.
Spring blossoms in Victoria Park and the view of the green in front of the Royal Crescent were among the truly stunning images of the Somerset city.
#SpringinBrighton had more than 220 mentions on Instagram.
The seaside city showed off its sparkling water and the blooming gardens of Brighton Pavillion.
The flowerbeds lining the old Regency squares were snapped springing into life, as well as blooms in St Ann’s Well Gardens and Queens Park.
There were more than 180 mentions of #SpringinYork on Instagram.
Thousands of daffodils burst into life along York’s city walls, at Beningbrough Hall and Clifford’s Tower.
Pastel-coloured crocuses crop up in the grounds of York Minster, which is a year-round medieval beauty.
-- to www.walesonline.co.uk