A holiday in the UK doesn’t have to send you into a swirling vortex of debt. It can be an expensive undertaking if you aren’t careful but it doesn’t need to be, you just need to know some tricks.
Holiday fun in England doesn’t have to cost very much, it can cost absolutely nothing in fact! There is a whole wealth of free activities to keep you entertained while holidaying in the UK, which lets you save enough pennies to splurge on a fancy dinner or souvenir.
In 2001, admission charges to national museums in the UK were scrapped, making the heritage of the nation free for everyone to enjoy. The policy continues today, meaning you can visit some of the best museums and galleries in the world for absolutely nothing. Don’t miss the V&A and the British Museum while in London, or the National Museums of Scotland Wales, in Edinburgh and Cardiff respectively, and the Ulster Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Walking in the Lake District
The English Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas of the country and is a walker’s heaven. Pull on some comfy shoes and take to any of the innumerable paths that criss-cross the Lake District National Park. There are pathways for every level of fitness, ranging from short paved walks through the lovely landscape of glistening meres and quaint Lake District cottages, to long distance treks up the mountains of the area. Either one you choose is sure to offer you stunning scenery for naught a penny.
There are a number of Roman built cities in the UK, many of which have wonderfully conserved city walls. Two of the best examples you’ll find are in the north of England in Chester and York. In both cities you’ll be able to get onto the top of the city walls at various places and walk the full circumference. The Roman walls in both cities feature interpretive panels along the route giving you interesting historical and social history, and the ones in Chester even feature raised etchings that make perfect rubbings – a great activity for kids.
Picnic in the Park
We all have to eat, and while free food is hard to come by you don’t have to pay any extra for a lovely place to enjoy your meal. The UK is filled with beautifully landscaped parks, many of which were designed in the Victorian era, that make the most spectacular backdrop for a summer lunch. Drop into a local grocery store to pick up some lunchtime delights and head off to find a secluded spot in which to enjoy your meal.
The UK does sometimes bask in the glow of the summer sun, and when it does there are few better places to be than a sandy beach. The coast of Cornwall is probably one of the best places in the country to enjoy an afternoon on the beach, as it boasts the best weather in the country, but Wales and Kent are also home to some beauties. All you’ll need is some sunscreen and a bottle of water and you’re ready to enjoy some fun in the English sun.
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