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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New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

A quarter of a century since the last sentence was passed, visitors, not miscreants, now enter the Shirehall Courtroom at Norwich Castle.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Spend the day enjoying the gardens, testing your golf skills and entertaining the kids at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Follow in the footsteps of Romans as you explore the history of the walls that protected the original City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

Archaeological sites
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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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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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Take a bargain break with all the trimmings at Totland

Take a bargain break with all the trimmings at Totland

On the west coast of the Isle of Wight, YHA Totland has the beach, heaps of countryside walks and great local attractions on its doorstep.

Location: Totland, Isle of Wight

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Climb Broadway Tower

Climb Broadway Tower

Have a pre-Raphaelite holiday retreat.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

Historic sites and icons
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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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Enjoy a bike ride along the seafront

Enjoy a bike ride along the seafront

Cycle alongside miles and miles of beautiful pebble beach on this 4.5 mile Seafront Cycle Ride in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Cycling
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Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

City parks
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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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Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East

Relax in the grounds of this historic church, and enjoy the gardens growing through the ruins.

Location: London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Enjoy a walk with donkeys

Enjoy a walk with donkeys

Relax while you wander along the lanes and byways of West Dorset whilst your very own friendly donkey carries your picnic.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

Walking and hiking
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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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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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Go walking with dinosaurs

Go walking with dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk alongside the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Well now you can…

Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

Beaches
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Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Family
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Discover the secrets to Worcester's hidden past

Discover the secrets to Worcester's hidden past

Visit one of the most historic and haunted cities in England and learn about the secrets of the city on a historic walking tour.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals

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