Easy on the wallet

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to scrimp and save on fun. We’ve plenty of ideas for cheap weekend breaks to take the pressure off your purse. With such rich landscapes you won’t need to spend much at all, just grab your bike or pull on your hiking boots and explore the countryside before tucking into a picnic hamper in front of a panoramic view that inspired Brontë or Turner. Next, soak up the works of those creative masterminds in any number of free museums and art galleries on cheap holidays in UK cities too. And nothing helps you get under the skin of a place like a free guided tour from a local Greeter.

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Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Museums, galleries and libraries
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Visit St Mary Redcliffe Church

Visit St Mary Redcliffe Church

Having been described by Queen Elizabeth I as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England," St Mary Redcliffe’s certainly has a reputation to live up to.

Location: Bristol

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Climb trees in the Sussex countryside

Climb trees in the Sussex countryside

Forget the 9 to 5; ditch the suit and relive your childhood with Climbing Wild in Ditchling, close to Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Extreme Sports
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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Historic sites and icons
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Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Immortalised by Dame Vera Lynn, take a walk along this impressive stretch of English coastline.

Location: Dover, Kent

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Eden is a place that profoundly influenced Auden’s work and his love for the landscape lasted his entire life and featured constantly in his work.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

Wander about the Welbeck Estate with a picnic basket

The Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire is a beautiful private estate, ideal for a scenic walk and a picnic.

Location: Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

Walking and hiking
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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

Location: London, Greater London

Markets
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Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

firstsite is always free to enter and offers a wealth of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Free
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Eastern art in a Western setting

Eastern art in a Western setting

Visit one of England’s most unusual art collections, in the heart of Georgian Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Budget
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Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Walking and hiking
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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a veritable friend factory.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Operating along the Yorkshire Coast from 1885 until 1965, the old railway line is now a quiet off-road route that is perfect for cyclists.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

From family cycle trails to extreme mountain biking, Sherwood Pines Forest offers the best when it comes to getting active on two wheels.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Cycling
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A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

Stretch your and their legs in the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Free
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Time out in Greenwich

Time out in Greenwich

Journey to the beginning of time... literally.

Location: London, Greater London

Historic sites and icons
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Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb to the summit of Tegg’s Nose, admire the views, cycle the routes and even try your hand at rock climbing.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Walking and hiking
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See inside a military detention cell

See inside a military detention cell

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries

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