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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Revisit a famous murder plot at Canterbury Cathedral

Revisit a famous murder plot at Canterbury Cathedral

Visit the place where one of England’s most infamous murders took place.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

Don’t miss Turner Contemporary, Margate’s world-class gallery, stacked high with cutting-edge art.

Location: Margate, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Learn about the lace industry at Framework Knitters Museum

Learn about the lace industry at Framework Knitters Museum

See the history of the lace industry come to life at the Framework Knitters Museum.

Location: Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Camp at Corfe Castle

Camp at Corfe Castle

A ruined fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow Portland’s Tout Quarry Sculpture Trail

Follow Portland’s Tout Quarry Sculpture Trail

Portland’s rugged landscape is home to breathtaking views, as well as some history and heritage surprises.

Location: Portland, Dorset

Budget
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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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Greensand Ridge Walk

Greensand Ridge Walk

Follows a ridge of greensand through on a green path through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

Location: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Low cost
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Find Byron's Nottinghamshire on the Byron Trail

Find Byron's Nottinghamshire on the Byron Trail

Lord Byron was famous during his lifetime as a figure who could inspire love, romance, political change and liberation through his powerful works.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a classic holiday by the seaside

Enjoy a classic holiday by the seaside

When the sun shines there is only one place to be – beside the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Beaches
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Experience the view from Cabot Tower

Experience the view from Cabot Tower

The greatest view of Bristol is like all best things in life, free. Head to Cabot Tower for an unforgettable panorama.

Location: Bristol

Walking and hiking
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Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Hull’s annual festival, Freedom, features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Free
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Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

For 300 years Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Take a tour of the iconic building for an unforgettable experience.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers, in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Culture
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Fish N chips in Aldeburgh

Fish N chips in Aldeburgh

Crisp golden batter, flaky white fish and fresh chunky chips doused in salt and vinegar.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Low cost
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Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take the rural path along the Peddars Way, and on to the tranquil Nar Valley Way to witness the spectacular 12th century Castle Acre Priory ruins on foot.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy a day out in Dalby Forest

Enjoy a day out in Dalby Forest

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands

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