The UK offers a wealth of experiences for visitors … rolling green countryside, rugged coastlines, undulating hills, craggy mountains, beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, cute villages, and numerous historical sites are just a few things you can enjoy in the UK. Many people worry about the costs of a visit, but there are several ways to be thrifty and enjoy budget travel in the UK.
Here are some handy tips to make your visit as economically-friendly as possible and make budget travel in the UK a terrific reality!
Admission is completely free for everyone to the 250 National Museums and galleries. There are also many other free museums all around the country, dealing with a wide range of themes. Culture vultures and history lovers will be particularly pleased! Many parks are also free to enjoy, as is the beautiful countryside. Take a walk through the forests, enjoy some hiking, or chill out on one of the beaches and none of it need cost you a penny!
Although there will be an initial outlay, the Great British Heritage Pass allows free and unlimited admission to lots of historic sites and heritage attractions all around the country. If you plan on visiting a fair few such attractions this will save you cash in the long run. It includes entry to stately homes, elegant mansions, private gardens, wonderful castles, and more.
If you’re spending a lot of time in the capital, the London Pass might be perfect for you. As well as free admission to many places and use of public transport, it also gives you discounts as lots of restaurants, shops, and theatres. The Edinburgh Pass works in almost the same way in the glorious Scottish capital and several other cities operate similar schemes. Look out for reduced rates and discounted periods at individual attractions too, and remember that booking online is often cheaper than paying on arrival.
Taxis are expensive – avoid them whenever possible! It is possible to get some good deals on domestic flights, but with other forms of transport available and with the country being pretty small and well-connected, there really isn’t much need to fly. Do compare long distance trains and flights though, as a flight may actually be cheaper. Advance bookings on long distance trains are better value for money. Check out fares to and from other nearby stations too – taking a short local train to another station and then continuing onwards from there can be significantly cheaper. Coaches can be a good option for longer distances if money is more important to you than time. Don’t forget to use money saving passes in places where available and where you plan to move around a fair bit. London’s Oyster Card is popular with people staying in the capital, and other cities have similar schemes, such as the Merseyrail Card.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes all around the UK, but some of the best places for tasty meals at cheaper prices are the local pubs. Many also offer special promotions at set times and on certain days of the week, meaning that you can save even more. If you have cooking facilities, a few nights of self-catering can really help to save you money.
Budget travel in the UK isn’t impossible! Advance planning and organization really does go a long way though to making sure you get the most for your money.