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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Be crowned king of the castle in glorious Skipton

Be crowned king of the castle in glorious Skipton

Exercise your princely skills at North Yorkshire’s marvelous Norman keep.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Explore the fusion of historical and modern architecture in the ever-evolving City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Cheap eats at Pani's Restaurant

Searching for a cheap eat in NewcastleGateshead but overwhelmed by the breadth of choice available in the city centre? Look no further than Pani’s.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Eating out
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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Pedal along 100 miles of off-road cycling tracks

Pedal along 100 miles of off-road cycling tracks

Pedal the extensive, year-round network of cycling routes criss-crossing the woodland, heathland and quiet country roads of the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Cycling
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Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

See live archaeological excavations before your eyes at the ancient fort of Vindolanda.

Location: Vindolanda, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Join thousands of spectators in watching kites of every shape and size take to the air.

Location: Southsea, Hampshire

Free
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Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Take in the best of north Nottinghamshire on this 20-mile cycle route, which explores the extensive area covered by Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Cycling
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Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Unique Experiences
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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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The National Stud

The National Stud

Spot future thoroughbred champions at The National Stud.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

Low cost
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Robin Hood Rhyme

Robin Hood Rhyme

Check out the earliest surviving rhyme about Robin Hood.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Experience superb views across the Durham Dales as you ride the red cycle route at Durham's biggest forest.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Swim with panache at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Swim with panache at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance

With views from St Michael’s Mount to the picturesque fishing village of Newlyn, the Jubilee Pool is one of the best places to swim in the open air.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Discover West Bay and soak up the setting that helped inspire TV’s Broadchurch.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

Free
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Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Eat your way around this flavoursome festival, celebrating one of the UK’s most distinctive foods.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Budget
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Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

Location: Thurlestone, Devon

Coast
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Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Visit the part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Location: Bude, Cornwall

Beaches
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Indulge your inner petrol head at Wheels Festival

Indulge your inner petrol head at Wheels Festival

Bournemouth is transformed for one weekend as classic cars, BMX bikes and even F1 bring the zoom to this seaside town.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Budget

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