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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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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Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

It’s a rare opportunity to get invited into an artist’s creative space, but in July they fling open their doors for you to come and take a look.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

City
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Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall took on a very special role in when it appeared as ‘Wayne Manor’ in the blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Marvel at the view of Margate’s Turner sunsets

Marvel at the view of Margate’s Turner sunsets

Big skies, broad seas and fantastical cloud formations mean dusk in Margate is an artistic, technicolour delight.

Location: Margate, Kent

Picturesque places
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Tuck into famous fish ‘n’ chips

Tuck into famous fish ‘n’ chips

All that sea air definitely works up an appetite and what better place for a seaside treat than Colmans Fish & Chip Restaurant in South Shields.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Eating out
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Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

Watersports
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Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Put on your hiking boots and join in with one of a hundred themed events and walks happening across the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Countryside
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Rock Climb in the Peak District

Rock Climb in the Peak District

With 10,000 recorded climbs the Peak District is widely recognised as having some of the best climbing in the country.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Low cost
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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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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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Experience life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Experience life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Discover how over 2,000 years of history made Whitby Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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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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Enjoy live music at Band on the Wall

Enjoy live music at Band on the Wall

Watch an intimate gig at this iconic Manchester venue which has been restored to its former glory, regularly hosting everything from reggae to jazz.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Experience the countryside like never before as you cycle or walk within the heart of the spectacular Peak District National Park.

Location: Hassop, Derbyshire

Walking and hiking
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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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Thornton Le Dale

Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Low cost
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Pick your own at Parkside Farm

Pick your own at Parkside Farm

Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries... time to get picking and fill those baskets at Parkside Farm.

Location: Enfield, London

Low cost
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Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Enjoy retro sweets that evoke childhood memories at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Budget
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost

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