A CITY in the UK has been named one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world.

Time Out has revealed the 15 destinations that should be on your list this year that aren't the usual tourist spots.

Beating places in Greece and Indonesia, the city of Plymouth was voted the most underrated in the UK.

Coming in 7th place for most underrated in the world, the Devon city was praised for its art scene and coastal location.

This includes the new free art gallery The Box and the renovated Market Hall.

It is home to the Grade II Art Deco Tinside Lido, which first opened in 1935 and overlooks the ocean.

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Boozers can visit the Plymouth Gin factory too, which is the oldest distillery in England.

If you fancy a stay, the new £9million Moxy hotel is set to open this year, while the restaurant Ocean View at The Dome was recently voted as one of the UK's most romantic places to eat.

Time Out’s Deputy Travel Editor, Grace Beard explained that destinations on the list were chosen for offering a "local, authentic vibe" and are "often overlooked by travellers focusing on the usual tick-list destinations."

She added: "Not only do lesser-visited destinations mean fewer crowds and the opportunity to feel that you are discovering somewhere off the beaten track – they can sometimes be more affordable for eating, drinking and doing activities compared with their well-worn counterparts.  

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Time Out’s UK Editor, Huw Oliver, explained why Plymouth was added to the list, saying: "Plymouth doesn’t cross a lot of people’s minds when it comes to planning a seaside getaway or a city break, but it should.

"It offers an idyllic weekend away, right on the stunning Devon coast, and best of all, you’ll likely have a lot of it to yourself.”

There are even hopes that Plymouth Airport could reopen, having been closed for a decade.

Plymouth City Council leader Richard Bingley told local media: "It’s almost disrespectful to not offer an airport to people who want to come here to trade or visit.”

“Plymouth as a city needs an airport and no stone will be left unturned until that happens.”

Plymouth also wants to become a major cruise port with major cruise lines such as P&O, Saga, Cunard, and Ambassador looking into launching from the port.

And a tiny island off the coast of Plymouth has confirmed plans to build two hotels, a museum and a well-being centre on the island.

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