Cheap holidays in the UK aren't only for those on a tight budget or schedule: throughout the seasons, the UK's beautiful landscapes offer the perfect setting for families, couples and groups of friends, with sunshine-filled summers and white, snowy winters. If you need some time to relax and unwind, why go abroad and suffer the hassle of flights and expenses? With so many wonderful destinations on our doorstep, there's nothing better than exploring the UK with cheap holidays.
Travel to one of fifteen National Parks, choose from hundreds of seaside towns, or consider taking a tour of the UK's amazing array of historical sites: not only will you enjoy beautiful scenic walks and outdoor activities, but you'll find hundreds of fantastic free attractions too. Choose a cottage in the West Country, rent a house on a Scottish Island, or stay by the seaside in Northern Ireland: here at HomeAway, we have lots of options for you to choose from when looking for affordable accommodation in the UK. So stay at home this year: discover breathtaking Britain.
Top cheap holiday destinations in the UK
From Gloucestershire and Wiltshire to Somerset and Dorset, not forgetting hotspots such as Devon and Cornwall, the West Country is ideal for cheap holidays in the UK. The area is home to some of the UK's most fascinating sites, and no trip's complete without seeing Stone Henge or Land's End at least once! If scenic walks are on your agenda, head for the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, or the picturesque Forest of Dean. With the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan to add to your list of must-see sites, the West Country's a great destination when in search of affordable activities.
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Vibrant, expansive and brimming with things to do, London is a great choice for cheap holidays in the UK. The capital's awash with free activities and attractions: visit must-see sites like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, or take a tour of the Tower of London and learn about its tumultuous history. Take a stroll along South Bank, peruse Picasso artworks at the National Gallery, or take the kids to see dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Lovers of modern art can't miss the Tate, whilst sunny days are best spent in Kensington Gardens and Hampstead Heath..
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Wales is a beautiful destination, comprising pretty towns and villages like Conwy and Caernarfon, and vast National Parks like Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia. It's the perfect spot when looking for holidays in the UK, especially those which offer endless outdoor activities. You could try scuba diving off the Isle of Anglesey or Skomer Island off Pembrokshire, and go in search of dolphins, wales, seals and coral formations. For those whose interests lie in history and heritage, choose from dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as National Museums and Galleries.
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Scotland's landscapes provide the perfect setting for cheap holidays in the UK, from the rolling hills of Perthshire to the mountainous landscapes of Argyll. Free activities include hiking, cycling, walking and rock climbing, and there are lots of free attractions to visit. Spend your days perusing the National Museum in Edinburgh or the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow, or choose a more rural retreat and get back to nature. Head to the Scottish Highlands or the West Coast, and you'll even bag free mussels with a walk along the coast!.
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Northern Ireland is an exciting destination for cheap holidays, whether you want a city break in Belfast or a coastal cottage in Bangor. You'll find dramatic landscapes like the Mourne Mountains in County Down, the Sperrin Mountains in County Tyrone, and the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. Indeed, Northern Ireland is in many ways a walker's paradise, with dozens of trails running past rivers, lakes and vast woodlands, and excellent hiking routes along the North Coast. Start the day with a traditional Ulster Fry, and you'll have all the energy you need for a day in the hills!.
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Things to do in the UK: Free activities!
The UK is one of the best destinations for free activities and attractions, whether you want to peruse museums and galleries, or spend your days in National Parks. Many historic buildings offer free entry for both children and adults, and there are dozens of wildlife sanctuaries that only require a small donation to enter. Top free attractions in the UK include the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the National Gallery in London and Edinburgh's National Museum.
Stunning walks can also be had across the UK: simply bring a picnic, don some sturdy shoes, and enjoy the spoils of the seasons! Some of the best trails include the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, and the stunning White Cliffs of Dover. You can even enjoy pleasant strolls in London's Richmond and Hyde Parks. It doesn't matter where you choose to go: in Britain, the best things in life are free!
Cheap holiday accommodation in the UK
A unique opportunity to stay at a beautifully preserved 18th Century villa with superb views; a lavish smuggler’s haunt with a fascinating history.
Gunsgreen House was built in 1753 to a design by renowned architect John Adam. More than just a lu...
A charming and beautifully presented period cottage set in a pretty garden with fabulous far reaching views to the Cheviot Hills.
The accommodation, which is presented to an extremely high standard, comprises a cosy sitting room with open fire (l...
Keeper Cottage is part of the Courtyard Cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. Keeper Cottage is the only detached cottage and is set apart slightly from the other cottages. It’s the perfect spot f...
A stunning, newly-renovated, three bedroom house on the banks of the River Tweed in Kelso with magnificent 180 degree views over the river and race course to open countryside beyond. Outside, a fabulous tiered garden with different levels for dini...
Nestled in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stunning sandy beach and a golf course on the doorstep and a charming village and good eateries just down the road, Grey Barns is the perfect coastal hideaway for famili...
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