Budget days out
A fun day out without the price tag
ho says you need to break the bank to have a great day out? Whatever you’re into, England has tons of exciting things to do that won’t require you to empty the contents of your wallet.
Take the hundreds of museums scattered all over the country, for example; whether you like vintage cars (try the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire), archaeology (visit London’s British Museum ), or even lawnmowers (yes, there is actually a museum in Newquay), you’ll find penny-friendly entrance fees and priceless exhibits.
What’s more, you can always do things under your own steam. If you’re planning a day out in London , why not ask at the tourist office for a walking map and try strolling (rather than a pricey black cab) to see the main attractions of the Houses of Parliament , Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace ? You’ll be amazed how close to each other they are.
And if you’re visiting Oxford , then how about taking a leaf out of the students’ book (let’s face it, they sure know how to save money) and hiring a bike to cycle along the river and between the historical colleges?
If it’s fresh air you’re after then grab a picnic and head to one of the beautiful green spaces. We’re not talking fussy, Champagne-and-olives affair, just rustle up a few cheese sarnies, find an old (but clean) blanket Bob’s your uncle.
You don’t even necessarily need to venture into the countryside (nice as that is); there are numerous parks and picnic hot spots within England’s towns and city centres.
Psst... Handy hints
Purchase an annual pass. Many of the country's top attractions offer yearly tickets which are worth investing in if you plan to go several times.
Many restaurants regularly run 2 for 1 deals on main meals. Visit www.vouchercodes.co.uk for printable vouchers on cut-price pizza, pasta and more.
Look out for train ticket promotions when you travel as a family or in a group of three or more. See National Rail for the discounts available
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