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The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

Rhossili Bay in Gower, South Wales - the Best Places to visit in the UK on a Budget

I was born and raised in the UK, and although I’ve spent a lot of my later life travelling, I have a new-found appreciation for my country.  So, I want to share some of the best places to visit in the UK on a budget, so you can enjoy exploring the United Kingdom without breaking the bank.  I asked Becky from MyVoucherCodes to suggest some of her favourite places to visit in the UK on a budget.

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The Gower, Swansea

When the sun is out, it’s time to hit the beach.  The Gower in Swansea is not only a cheap destination but is also one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole of the UK.

Aside from the petrol costs, you will only need to buy essentials like food, water and sunscreen and you are set for the whole day.  The Gower is perfect for everyone and is a great place to get the kids out of the house this summer.  Some of the best beaches in the country can be found here, such as Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili Bay.

Before you leave Swansea, take a walk through the Mumbles area.  It is full of unique shops and cafes to chill out at.  Talk a stroll along the pier or visit the castle which is only a short walk away from the seafront for a brief history of the area.

Rhossili Bay in Gower, South Wales - the Best Places to visit in the UK on a Budget
Rhossili Bay in Gower, South Wales. Credit: Travels with a Dog and Camera via Flickr


This city is full of culture and many cheap things to do.  Harbourside has plenty of vibrant and exciting events that happen on a regular basis and, especially in the summer, there are all sorts of food, drink and music festivals going on.  Even when the moon comes up, the city is alive.

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Bristol also has the famous balloon festival that occurs every year which is a must-see.  The sheer number of them is overwhelming and when they are actually up in the sky, they provide a spectacular sight.  The festival lasts for a couple of days so you will have more than one chance to enjoy this amazing event.  You will be able to see them from anywhere in the city so find a park with a good view of the skyline and enjoy!

Bristol Balloon Festival - The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget
Bristol Balloon Festival – The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget


Staying in the South West area and one of the original spa towns in the UK, Bath is a low cost place to travel.  It is free to see the outside of the Roman baths and take in the essence of what this historic town was like.  Bath is also one of the prettiest places to visit in the country.  This makes it a very cultured day out where you don’t have to spend any money to appreciate it in all its glory.  There are old-fashioned pubs and restaurants that have been around for centuries and still have their original feel too.

Away from the summer, Bath is also a great place to visit during Christmas!  Its famous market is full of cheer and the atmosphere it creates is second to none.  The stalls that surround the Abbey are brimming with homemade and local treats, and it truly brings out the Christmas spirit in everyone.

Bath - a Great Place to visit in the UK on a Budget
Bath – a Great Place to visit in the UK on a Budget


The birthplace of famous musicians such as Oasis and Joy Division, Manchester is one of the UK’s most famous cities and is always full of life and things to do for cheap.

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Manchester is also famous for sport, in particular, its roots in football.  For a fan, there is no better place to visit in Manchester than the National Football Museum.  Not only is it free, you can take your own penalties and learn about the history of the sport.  And of course, two of the biggest clubs in the UK are in Manchester – Manchester United and Manchester City, so you can visit their stadiums too.

Aside from the sport, Manchester also has plenty of other attractions to visit on a budget.  The Northern Quarter is a focal point for design and a great place to do some shopping.  You will only find original stores here that contain everything from galleries to record shops.  Whatever your taste, you will not be disappointed.

Manchester United's Football Ground, Old Trafford
Manchester United’s Football Ground, Old Trafford

Scottish Highlands

If you have a decent amount of time, explore the Highlands.  There are so many free attractions that you can do here which are perfect for everyone and the Scottish countryside is incredible.

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The Malt Whisky Trail, for example, is set right in the middle of Speyside.  Speyside is actually home to more than half of the whiskeys in the whole of Scotland.  There is so much to discover here.  Along the way you will come across different distilleries, each one having their own unique style and history.

The vast landscapes provide amazing opportunities to go for extended walks and hikes, discover little coves hidden in the mountains and shrouded by stunning waterfalls.  The scenery here is untouched and when the sun goes down, look up to the sky to see the Milky Way in all its glory.  There is little to no man-made light to obscure the view of the great galaxy we are a part of.

Beautiful Scotland - The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget
Beautiful Scotland – The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

So there you have it, some of the best places to visit in the UK for a great day out while keeping your wallets and purses as full as possible.

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About the Author

Becky Gillard is a fashion and lifestyle writer for discount code website MyVoucherCodes. Becky has a Master’s degree in Investigative Journalism and has been working in the digital media industry for over 6 years, with a background heavily focused on fashion and online marketing. Becky enjoys travelling and writing fun and topical fashion pieces.

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The Best Places to visit in the United Kingdom on a Budget
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Last updated: April 2, 2020

6 thoughts on “The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

  1. Kimmie Conner says:

    These are such great tips! I had no idea Bristol had a balloon festival, I’ve actually never been to Swansea, and I didn’t realize some of these places like Manchester were actually cheaper! I now have a new summer bucket list – thanks for this post!

  2. Jas says:

    I visited UK a few years ago and totally wish I’d known about all these things back then. The Bristol Balloon Festival is totally my jam and I’m so glad to have learnt about it now. The Malt Whisky Trail is going up on my bucket list for sure too. Gosh this really does make me wanna fly back to Europe right this second now!

  3. Medha Verma says:

    I have so much left to explore in the UK that as I was reading your post, I realised, I have not been to any of the places mentioned here. I was in the UK, 10 years ago, for 10 days and I have very little memory of things that I saw (I was mostly in London and Wales). But I regret missing a trip to the Scottish Highlands, having heard so much about the landscapes and being a nature lover myself. Also, Manchester and Bath are two places I read a lot about recently and it makes me want to go back soon. The Gower in Swansea looks superb!

    • Claire says:

      It is tough to choose what to do in a short time, but usually there is no bad choice! At least you have a good excuse to come back to the UK soon to visit some more places! 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    I’d love to see the Scottish Highlands, and on a budget too! The land is glorious, and it looks so remote too. I never knew the UK had its own balloon festival in Bristol, so will make a future mental note of this! I love Bath, and have visited twice!

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