UK City Breaks Without the Price Tag

If you need a little holiday, but don’t have the funds for a flight then it’s definitely worth booking a city break in the UK. Here are a few of our favourite cities, and some tips on keeping costs down.


Manchester is a great city to visit on a weekend break, there are lots of things to do, places to see, and you won’t find it even nearly as expensive as visiting London. If you want to stray from the beaten path then visit the John Rylands library for example. Or if you’re on a family break then stop by the Museum of Science and Industry (top tip – you can see Coronation Street from the top floor). You’ll also find a fantastic choice of theatres and art galleries if you fancy a bit of culture, plus a wide range of different shopping areas including the Trafford Centre, the Arndale or for the more bohemian customer the Northern Quarter.


York is an amazing city to visit because you can practically see history right in front of you. With all the historic architecture and cobbled streets it’s like being transported back, and that’s not all it has to offer!
If you like things that are a bit spooky why not take in one of the city’s famous ghost walks? There are also tons of museums to choose from and even a recreated Viking town. If you fancy something a bit different then why not hop on the York Boat and see the sights from the water?


Even though it can be on the pricey side there’s a lot to be said for a weekend break to London. From the West End to Westminster Abbey and Harrods to Covent Garden you’ll never struggle for things to do and see. Plus you’ll find excellent quality restaurants, stunning cocktails and just so much to do. If you want to see a slightly more relaxed side of London and prices to match then drop by Camden market and pick up a few homemade trinkets. If you’re more into luxury then there’s a wide range of spas to choose from, and of course amazing shops to visit.

Keep Costs Down

Even if you’re visiting one of the more expensive UK destinations there are always ways to cut costs. Compare train fares in advance, this can often be easier, quicker and cheaper than driving. Do some research ahead of time and you’ll also be able to pick and choose cheap or free attractions, or find vouchers and special offers like 2 for 1. If you want to take advantage of the pricier activities then your accommodation is a wonderful way to save. Consider staying in a YHA Youth Hostel for example to cut the cost and free up funds. You don’t tend to spend too much time in your room anyway when you’re away for the weekend as you should be out and about and they offer great quality rooms and private rooms too. City breaks by the YHA are well worth a look.

So consider a UK weekend break for the perfect getaway without having to break the bank.

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