Cheapest Cities, Counties, and Towns to Visit in the UK

Natalie Arney, 06.08.19
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The UK is home to rich history, delicious food, and lots of beautiful scenery to take advantage of. You’d expect that a lot of this will be pricey, but head out of London and you’ll find a wealth of cities, towns, counties and areas of England, Scotland, and Wales where a great stay doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Here are some of our recommended places in the UK to visit, and budget friendly ways to do it.

12 Budget Friendly Places to Visit in the UK

Liverpool

Liverpool on a Budget

The first things that come to mind when someone mentions Liverpool have got to be The Beatles and football, right? Alongside this, Liverpool was a key migration and trade port from the 18th to early 20th centuries, and has a rich historical and cultural history as a result. There’s lots to see, do and eat in Liverpool, so it’s an ideal place in the UK to visit, including if you want to stay on a budget.

Cheap Things to do in Liverpool

albert dock liverpool Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Liverpool

Alongside the more expensive, luxury hotels that Liverpool has to offer, there are countless cheaper hotels, hostels, and online marketplace properties.

Cheap eats in Liverpool

bread and cakes at baltic bakehouse liverpool Baltic Bakehouse, Liverpool, UK Cheap eats in Liverpool include:

How to Get to Liverpool

Fly to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) with the following airlines - easyJet, Wizz Air, Lauda, Blue Air, Flybe, Ryanair, and Widerøe

Brighton

Brighton on a Budget

Brighton and Hove is a seaside resort city an hour south of London. Home to a pebble beach, pier, a world famous Pride, and lots of things to do, the cost of a stay in Brighton can quickly add up. However, there’s plenty of cheap and free things to do in Brighton so that you can have a great time and not spend a fortune while you’re enjoying yourself.

Cheap Things to do in Brighton

Brighton Pier Sign Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Brighton

Alongside the more expensive, luxury hotels, there are countless cheaper hotels, hostels, B&Bs, and online marketplace properties.

Where to Eat in Brighton

baby bao at the pond brighton bao rolls and sides The Pond, Brighton, UK Cheap eats in Brighton include:

How to Get to Brighton

Take me to Brighton: Fly to and from nearby London Gatwick Airport (LGW) with the following airlines and more - easyJet, British Airways, Norwegian, Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Westjet, TAP Air Portugal, and Vueling.

The English Riviera (Torbay)

The English Riviera (Torbay) on a Budget

Still a popular place to visit by Brits today, the Torbay area was nicknamed “The English Riviera” in the 1800s, when it was a well-known, very popular attraction. Situated on the stunning South Devon Coastline, the main places to visit in the area include Torquay, Babbacombe, Brixham, and Paignton.

Cheap Things to do in Torbay

Torre Abbey Sands torbay beach huts Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay, UK

Cheap Accommodation in The English Riviera (Torbay)

There’s a wide variety of accommodation available in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and the surrounding areas, including B&Bs, self catering cottages, holiday parks, hotels, hostels and online marketplace properties.

Where to Eat in The English Riviera

cake and iced coffee on window ledge at the kind grind torquay The Kind Grind, Torquay, UK

Cheap eats in Torbay:

How to Get to The English Riviera (Torbay)

Take me to The English Riviera: Fly to and from Exeter Airport (EXT) with the following airlines - Ryanair, TUI Airways, Freebird Airlines, and Flybe

Glasgow

Glasgow on a Budget

The port city of Glasgow is a popular, vibrant and dynamic place, offering stunning architecture, world-class shopping, arts and culture. It is a must visit when visiting Scotland, and really gives tourists a taste of what makes Glasgow great - including the people.

Cheap Things to do in Glasgow

white heads installation kelvingrove museum glasgow Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Glasgow

Alongside more expensive hotels, there are countless cheaper hotels, hostels, and online marketplace properties.

Where to Eat in Glasgow

vegan french toast at rose and grants glasgow Rose and Grants, Glasgow, UK

Cheap eats in Glasgow:

How to Get to Glasgow

Take me to Glasgow: Fly to and from Glasgow Airport (GLA) with the following airlines and more - Lufthansa, Westjet, Wizz Air, Emirates, Air Transat, Air Canada Rouge, Icelandair, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines

Pembrokeshire (inc St Davids and Tenby)

Pembrokeshire on a Budget

Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as the second best coastline in the world, Pembrokeshire has lots of things to do, places to stay, adventures and activities, including those that are free or cheap to do.

Cheap Things to do in Pembrokeshire

castle beach sands tenby Castle Beach, Tenby, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Pembrokeshire

There’s a wide variety of accommodation available in Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, St Davids, and the surrounding areas, including B&Bs, self catering cottages, holiday parks, hotels, hostels and online marketplace properties.

Where to Eat in Pembrokeshire

burger chips and coleslaw at the cambrian inn solva The Cambrian Inn, Solva, UK

Cheap eats in Pembrokeshire:

How to Get to Pembrokeshire

Take me to Pembrokeshire: Fly to and from Cardiff Airport (CWL) with the following airlines - BH Air, Vueling, TUI Airways, KLM. Flybe, Qatar Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Ryanair.

Norfolk Coast (esp Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and Cromer)

The Norfolk Coast on a Budget

The Norfolk Coast has beautiful beaches, breath-taking countryside, and fantastic wildlife, most of which will be free to see! The Norfolk Coast, which spans 90 miles, is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there’s many reasons why we recommend visiting the quaint coastal villages and coastal towns full of nostalgia.

Things to do on the Norfolk Coast

wells next the sea norfolk multi coloured beach huts Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, UK

Cheap Accommodation on the Norfolk Coast

North Norfolk and the Norfolk Coast is home to lots of budget cottages, B&Bs, hotels, online marketplace properties and campsites, so finding somewhere cheap to stay won’t be too difficult.

Where to Eat on the Norfolk Coast

crab platter at the crab pot cafe cromer norfolk The Crab Pot Cafe, Cromer, UK

Cheap eats on the Norfolk Coast:

How to Get to Norfolk

Take me to Norfolk: Fly to and from Norwich International Airport (NWI) with the following airlines - TUI Airways, Loganair, Aurigny, Flybe, BH Air, and KLM

Lytham St Annes, Blackpool and the Fylde Coast

Lytham St Annes, and the Fylde Countryside and Coast on a Budget

The Fylde Coast is a coastal plain stretching from north of Liverpool to just below the Lake District, and includes towns such as Blackpool, Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood, Morecambe Bay, and Cleveleys. There’s lots of things to see and do in the area for travellers on a budget. Despite being closer geographically to Liverpool, Manchester airport would be the best place to fly to as there are excellent rail links to Blackpool.

Cheap Things to do on the Fylde Coast

blackpool tower pink light Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and the Fylde Coast

Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, and the Fylde Coast is home to lots of B&Bs, hotels, budget cottages, online marketplace properties and hostels, so finding somewhere cheap to stay won’t be too difficult.

Where to Eat on the Fylde Coast

fish and chips mushy peas yorkshire fisheries blackpool Yorkshire Fisheries, Blackpool, UK

Cheap eats in Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and the Fylde Coast:

How to Get to Blackpool and the Fylde Coast

Take me to Blackpool and Lytham St Annes: Fly to and from Manchester Airport (MAN) with the following airlines and more - Flybe, easyJet, Jet2.com, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air Transat, Pakistan International Airlines, and Eurowings.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire on a Budget

Alongside being the largest county in England, North Yorkshire is home to sweeping sandy beaches, stunning scenery, quaint towns and villages, and cities such as York and Middlesbrough.

There are no airports in the county, however, we recommend flying to Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to access the area.

Cheap Things to do in North Yorkshire

York Minster front York Minster, York, UK

Cheap Accommodation in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire has a wide variety of cheap accommodation to stay in - quaint B&Bs in the Moors, campsites and caravan parks, hotels, guest houses, and online marketplace properties.

Where to Eat in North Yorkshire

caffe lago di como harrogate Caffe Lago di Como, Harrogate, UK

Cheap eats in North Yorkshire:

How to Get to North Yorkshire

Take me to North Yorkshire: Fly to and from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) with the following airlines - British Airways, Jet2.com, KLM, Nouvelair, Ryanair, TUI Airways, Flybe, Aer Lingus Regional.

Llandudno and Conwy

Llandudno and Conwy on a Budget

The Victorian seaside gem of Llandudno, and quaint town of Conwy can be found on the north Wales coast. This area of north Wales is perfect for travellers who want to visit a typical British seaside town, which has the addition of a rich mining history.

Cheap Things to do in Llandudno and Conwy

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch station sign Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Station, Wales, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Llandudno and Conwy

Llandudno and Conwy have plenty of cheap places to stay, including B&Bs, hotels and guest houses.

Where to Eat in Llandudno and Conwy

Providero Tea and Coffee House Providero Tea and Coffee House, Llandudno, UK

Cheap eats in Llandudno and Conwy:

How to Get to Llandudno

Take me to Llandudno: Fly to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) with the following airlines - easyJet, Wizz Air, Lauda, Blue Air, Flybe, Ryanair, and Widerøe

Cornwall

Cornwall on a Budget

Famed for world-renowned beaches, Cornwall can be found on the rugged south west coast of England. There’s lots to do and enjoy - whether it’s surfing on the north coast, or visiting picturesque fishing villages on the south coast, Cornwall offers a wide array of budget friendly things to do.

Cheap Things to do in Cornwall

lands end cornwall sign Lands End, Cornwall, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Cornwall

As a traditional British holiday county, visitors to Cornwall have plenty of choice for cheap accommodation, from hotels, holiday parks, campsites, glamping, hotels, B&Bs and hostels.

Where to Eat in Cornwall

rest a while tea garden Rest a While Tea Garden, Padstow, UK

Cheap eats in Cornwall:

How to Get to Cornwall

Take me to Cornwall: Fly to and from Newquay Airport (NQY) with the following airlines - Aer Lingus Regional, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Flybe, and Eurowings.

Portsmouth, Gosport and Southsea

Portsmouth, Gosport and Southsea on a Budget

The port city of Portsmouth is known for its maritime heritage, alongside being the UK’s only island city, as it is mostly spread across the island of Portsea. The towns of Gosport and Southsea are part of Portsmouth, and both offer interesting and fun things to do and places to visit.

Cheap Things to do in Portsmouth, Gosport and Southsea

portsmouth featuring sninnaker tower Portsmouth, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Portsmouth, Gosport and Southsea

The Portsmouth area is home to a wide variety of accommodation for those on a budget - from B&Bs, cheap hotels, and hostels, to online marketplace properties and campsites.

Where to Eat in Portsmouth, Gosport and Southsea

pie on top of beans pie and vinyl southsea Pie and Vinyl, Southsea, UK

Cheap eats in the Portsmouth area:

How to Get to Portsmouth

Take me to Portsmouth: Fly to and from Southampton Airport (SOU) with the following airlines - Aurigny, Volotea, Flybe, easyJet Switzerland

Cardiff

Cardiff on a Budget

The UK’s 11th largest city, and the capital of Wales, Cardiff is a modern, vibrant city where something is always going on. It is home to the National Assembly for Wales, the Senedd building (home to the Welsh Assembly), a number of sports venues (including those for national and international football, rugby, and cricket), and lots of culture!

Cheap Things to do in Cardiff

cardiff bay Cardiff Bay, Wales, UK

Cheap Accommodation in Cardiff

Despite being home to some absolutely stunning luxury hotels, Cardiff is also home to many cheap hotels, hostels, online booking accommodations, B&Bs, and guest houses.

Where to Eat in Cardiff

roasted vegetables dish on window sill with flowers in bottles kemis portcanna Kemi's Portcanna, Cardiff, UK

Cheap eats in Cardiff:

How to Get to Cardiff

Take me to Cardiff: Fly to and from Cardiff Airport (CWL) with the following airlines - BH Air, Vueling, TUI Airways, KLM, Flybe, Qatar Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Ryanair.

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