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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Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

From Cranford to Harry Potter, Lacock has starred in many film classics.

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Literature, film and TV
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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Unique Experiences
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Climb Steep Hill for a unique shopping experience

Climb Steep Hill for a unique shopping experience

As the name suggests, Steep Hill is pretty steep. However, whilst you may be out of breath, it’s definitely a worthwhile climb.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Shopping and fashion
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 Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Historic sites and icons
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See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

City parks
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See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

Explore the world around us, both natural and manmade in this fascinating museum.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

Cycle The Camel Trail to Bodmin Gaol

The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line.

Location: Padstow to Bodmin, Cornwall

Cycling
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Transport yourself to the tropics at Stratford’s Butterfly Farm

Transport yourself to the tropics at Stratford’s Butterfly Farm

Lush landscapes and hundreds of colourful creatures are waiting for you at the UK’s largest butterfly farm.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

City
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Get up close with swans

Get up close with swans

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Beaches
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Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Discover the secrets of the universe and the workings of the Lovell Telescope in the gardens and exhibitions of Jodrell Bank.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Low cost
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Discover the coastal charm of Felixstowe Ferry

Discover the coastal charm of Felixstowe Ferry

This beautiful village at the mouth of the river Debden is an idyllic place to while away the hours.

Location: Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Make a splash at the original North East seaside resort

Make a splash at the original North East seaside resort

Sandcastles, surf and smiles is what you’d expect from any traditional seaside town and South Shields has them all in spades!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Beaches
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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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Escape to Another Place

Escape to Another Place

Forget crumbly sand sculptures; Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' is seaside art on a whole new level.

Location: Crosby Beach, Merseyside

Coast
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Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Historic sites and icons
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Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill and you will be too

Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill and you will be too

Experience The Hobbit’s ‘Shire’ for real or watch bread being made the traditional way, at the idyllic Sarehole Mill.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Budget
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Mersey Tunnel Tour

Mersey Tunnel Tour

Take a look underneath and behind the scenes of this most famous of English rivers.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

Low cost
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Manchester Urban Culture Trails

Manchester Urban Culture Trails

Take an Urban Culture Trail and wander through the city’s past and present at your own pace.

Location: Greater Manchester

City
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Cambridge University

Cambridge University

Take a walking tour through the colleges that make up one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Historic sites and icons

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