While your dreams of spending a week roaming the English countryside may have to stay on hold for now, there are a number of UK-based cities and destinations well worthy of visiting once the lockdown is over.
But, if you’re worried about how much travelling is going to cost you after things open back up, then we have good news – it’s perfectly possible to get away on a budget.
From pinching the pennies during your time in lockdown itself to pinpointing the most budget-friendly cities to visit once it’s over, join us as we run through some of the best U.K. destinations we think you should head once COVID-19 has subsided.
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Where better to start than with the UK’s capital itself. With events having been cancelled left, right and centre due to the virus, London is the perfect place to make up for all that lost time.
Depending on your budget, it’s perfectly possible to have a fantastic break away in London while keeping your costs down. From visiting free sights like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and landmarks like the Natural History Museum, there are so many things to see and do during a trip to the capital.
Its skyline is also said to be one of the most picturesque in the world, featuring stunning buildings like the Gherkin, the Shard Complex and the London Eye. Now, who could put a price on a view like that?
Talking of stunning sights and landmarks, Edinburgh is another must-see city well worthy of including on your post-COVID-19 travel bucket list.
With a huge variety of cost-effective things to do, Scotland’s capital is one of the best places in the country to visit if you’re hoping to bring your dog along with you. Featuring a number of scenic walks to visit – from Arthur’s Seat to Calton Hill – dogs are also welcome in many of the shops, museums and attractions throughout the city.
TIP: If you do end up having money to spare, spending the day shopping on Princes Street or trying an authentic scotch whiskey for the first time will certainly feel like money well spent.
If you’re looking for a fun and quirky city jam-packed full of innovation, art and culture, then a trip to Bristol could be the ideal plan.
Home to an abundance of awe-inspiring architecture, parks and fantastic British pubs, Bristol is one of those places that has an atmosphere about it that only ever brings a smile to your face.
In terms of the free and budget-friendly things to do while you’re there, you are really spoiled for choice. Whether you’d rather enjoy a picnic on the ever-expansive Durdham Downs or take in the views atop Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol really offers the very best of the South West
Talking of cosy pubs, York has absolutely loads of them, and is truly one of England’s hidden gems.
One of the most historic cities in the country, York is also a must-see for any Harry Potter fan, featuring a number of landmarks that the novels took inspiration from. The Shambles, in particular, is a must-visit, while The Shop That Must Not Be Named is the perfect place to pick up a cheap themed souvenir or two.
York is also one of the best places to visit if you’re particularly into ghosts and finding out more about Britain’s haunted history. With numerous walking ghost tours advertised throughout the city, you can easily discover more about York while simply wandering around the walls with a friendly tour guide.
Brighton and Hove
While you may be unable to enjoy the glorious sunshine of Europe’s finest beaches just yet, the Sussex coastline is well worth a visit in the meantime.
Whether you’d rather enjoy a BBQ on the cliffs of Seven Sisters or have a day of fun in the arcades of Brighton’s infamous pier, there are a number of things you can do during your visit to Brighton.
Plus, it can be incredibly wallet-friendly when done right. For example, if you’re after a tan, Brighton is one of the best UK-based places to bronze your skin, experiencing an average of 34.3 hours of sunshine per week. Simply relax on the beach, let the sun do its work and then the only money you’ll need to spend will be on an ice cream or two.
Aside from the beach, there are several other things to see and do – from navigating the Lanes to enjoying a quiet drink in a cosy North Laine pub.