Nobody wants to skimp on their holiday plans – going away is all about relaxing in beautiful scenery, enjoying delicious food and treating yourself. It's a time to get out of the daily grind for a few days of adventure, relaxation, and spending quality time with loved ones, or maybe all three! But enjoying a summer vacation doesn't have to cost a small fortune. We've rounded up eight cheap holidays in the UK for the summer that won't break the bank.
You may not have the budget for a far-flung trip, but with so many beautiful sights here in the United Kingdom, you can still enjoy an amazing holiday without bringing your passport. From an escape into the Scottish Highlands to a trip to a bustling metropolis, there's something for everyone in our round-up of the best cheap holidays in the UK this summer. And the best part is that they'll only set you back £100 or less. So why not hit the beach this summer in beautiful Cornwall or explore the many quaint pubs and villages in Norfolk? Discover where to go this summer...
England's capital isn't necessarily known for being a budget-friendly holiday destination, but with so many cultural sights to see, parks to enjoy and delicious restaurants to try, this buzzing city is a must-do! Save money by staying in The Dover Hotel – a cute B&B located just a 10-minute walk from Victoria Station. Rates start at just £35 per night. Stay under budget by exploring some of the city's free museums like the V&A or the British Museum. And give fancy restaurants a miss by checking out some of the cheaper – and equally delicious – markets and street food options.
Exploring the unspoilt coastline and charming villages in Cornwall can set you back a fair bit – if you don't know where to look. When it comes to visiting this rugged landscape, what could be lovelier than staying in your very own cottage? Well, it turns out that renting your own cottage could actually work out cheaper than booking a hotel – not to mention, infinitely more charming. Cornwall's Cottages has a variety of budget cottages all over the beautiful area from £35 per night. You can keep costs down further by bringing your own food with you and packing sandwiches and snacks for the beach.
3. Scottish Highlands
If escaping to a remote paradise is what you're after, then look no further than the Scottish Highlands. In Lochinver (approximately 250 miles from Glasgow), you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and wonderful serenity at the bargain price of £25 to £35 per night (based on 2 persons min. sharing a room) at the Rose Guest House. Price includes taxes, full Scottish breakfast and wireless Internet access. Not bad!
You'll be hard-pressed to find cheap accommodations in Edinburgh during the month of August when the Fringe Festival comes to town, so why not check out Glasgow instead. You can stay in one of the many Premier Inn's near town for less than £40, and kids eat breakfast for free (when one adult orders a full breakfast). Once there explore the city's booming art scene, relax in one of the many parks, or check out the city's many trendy shops.
Find out why this beautiful landscape got the nickname, 'God’s Own County' with a weekend away in Yorkshire. The South Milford hotel, located between Leeds and York, features free Wi-Fi, free parking and a heated swimming pool. Use this convenient hotel as your base for exploring the picturesque surroundings, the charming city of York and chic Leeds.
How does staying in a quaint B&B with full English breakfast and just a two-minute walk from the beach sound? At Cori House in North Norfolk, you can do just that - and for £37.50 – £52.50 per person per night. Norfolk is known for its sleepy villages, vast beaches and wild landscape. It's the perfect place to cycle or drive around, stopping at the many different villages and nice pubs along the way.
7. Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to stay active on holiday. With plenty of walking, mountain biking and horse riding trails, this beautiful park is a real hidden gem. One of the best ways to explore Brecon Beacons is to camp there - and most camp sites and caravan parks are extremely reasonably priced. Lakeside Caravan Park for example charges £7.25 per adult per night (£3.75 for children), while Pyscodlyn camping park charges £17 for two people per night. Check out these 10 genius camping hacks before you go.
Have a good ‘craic’ in Belfast this summer, a friendly and cosmopolitan city that’s teeming with new restaurants, interesting architecture and plenty of Guinness. The Springfield Bed & Breakfast is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, offers free Wi-fi and prices start from £39 with breakfast. Game of Thrones fans (much of the hit series is shot in Titanic Studios in Belfast) might want to take advantage of an overnight stay at Tara Lodge, where from £72 per person you can enjoy a deluxe room, breakfast, and an action-packed day visiting filming locations across Northern Ireland.
All prices accurate at the time of publishing. Inspired to find more cheap holidays in the UK? For more travel tips, check out our article about 13 genius ways to save money when travelling plus explore some of the most beautiful destinations in the UK with The Great British Bucket List.