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12 Insanely Affordable Holidays Across Britain

We planned them start to finish, so you don't have to.

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From London:

Travel from Euston to Windermere for £102 return, 3 hours 30 minutes.

Book a self-catering cottage for up to £50, or camp at Park Cliffe from £16.

Spending money left: £48

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Windermere for £36 return, 2 hours.

Book a room at the Green Gables Guest House, or glamp at Low Wray.

Spending money left: £102

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Windermere for £64 return, 2 hours 45 minutes.

Book an Airbnb for up to £70.

Spending money left: £66

Visit:

Fell Foot Park for relaxing by Lake Windemere, Free

Lakes Aquarium for learning about the wildlife and habitat of the Lake District, £6

Hill Top Farm to see Beatrix Potter's charming 17th century cottage, £10.50

Eat:

Graze for a fresh local bunch, £4-7

#4 for classy bites on a budget, £5-15

Old Laundry Theatre for dinner and a show, £32

Drink:

Hole in t'Wall for a great beer garden and local flair, £4-7

The Country Hut for wine and cocktails, £10

The Village Inn and Bar for a modern vibe, £4-9

Fancy spending a bit more? Head to Cartmel Village for the day to taste-test in the well-known foodie village. We recommend The King's Arms for fantastic pie and sticky toffee pudding.

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From London:

Travel from St Pancras to Whitstable for £30 return, 2 hours.

Book an Airbnb for up to £105, or stay just a short walk from the beach at the Marine Hotel.

Spending money left: £115

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Whitstable for £106 return, 4 hours.

Go for an Airbnb up to £70, or check out the Whitstable Premier Inn.

Spending money left: £74

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Whitstable for £155 return, 6 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £50 or camp at Homing Park from £28.

Spending money left: £45

Visit:

Whitstable Castle for history lovers and stellar views, Free

Tankerton Beach for swimming and sunbathing, Free

Whitstable Harbour Village for shopping, street food, and seaside views, Free

Eat:

Waltshaws' Kentish Pantry for specialty coffee, craft beers, and their famous TARDIS sausage rolls, £4-9

JoJo's for fish, mezze, and cosy dining £6-15

The Lobster Shack for fresh sea food and a relaxed atmosphere, £8-26

Drink:

The Smack for an eclectic vibe and craft ales, £4-8

The Old Neptune for a drink on the beach, £4-8

The Wine Room for tastings, £10-15

Fancy spending a bit more? Venture beyond the shoreline with a sailing day trip on the Greta Barge.

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From London:

Travel from Euston to Liverpool Lime Street for £54 return, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £60, or book a standard room at the Heywood House Hotel.

Spending money left: £86

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Liverpool Lime Street for £12 return, 1 hour.

Rent an Airbnb for up to £90, or book a room on the waterfront at the Royal Hotel.

Spending money left: £98

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Liverpool Lime Street for £76, 3 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £50, or book a room at the convenient and cosy Printworks Hotel.

Spending money left: £74

Visit:

Albert Dock for shopping, eating, museums, and seaside views, Free

Sefton Park and Palm House for fresh air and gorgeous gardens, Free

The Beatles Story Museum for music buffs, £15

Eat:

TriBeCa for glorious pizza, £7-9

Almost Famous for proper burgers and booze, £7-10

Lucha Libre for tast Mexican streetfood, £5-14

More suggestions here.

Drink:

The Attic for a stunning sun terrace, £4-8

Peter Kavanaugh's for character and craft ales, £5-10

Baltic Fleet for local charm and microbrews, £5-10

More suggestions here.

Fancy spending a bit more? Go for a night out in the Baltic Triangle, or catch a show at the Empire, the UK's largest two tier theatre.

From London:

Travel via sleeper train to Edinburgh for £106 return, then purchase separate tickets from Waverley to Balloch Central for £28 return. 7 hours.

Book a camping pod or Airbnb up to £50, or if you're travelling in a pair or more, try a bunk room at the Oak Tree for £30/person.

Spending money left: £66

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Balloch Central for £63 return, 5 hours (sleeper trains available).

Take a room at the fabulous Lodge at Loch Lomand, or book an Airbnb up to £120.

Spending money left: £67

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Balloch for £28 return, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Take an ensuite with a view at the Loch Lomand Country Guest House for £100, or book an Airbnb up to £120.

Spending money left: £74

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Visit:

Peaks and hills for stunning landscapes and hikes, Free

Dumbarton Castle for history and beautiful views, £4.50

Luss Pier for loch cruises, £11.50

Eat:

The Wayfarers for a yummy and diverse lunch menu, £4-15

The Village Rest for a cosy vibe and comfort food, £5-12

The Village Inn for a fab garden, £5-15

Drink:

The Loch Lomond Brewery to take away local craft beers and enjoy them by the loch, or request a tour, £10

The Oak Tree Inn for local favourites and wine, £4-20

The Tullie Inn for cocktails and CAMRA awarded cask ales.

Fancy spending a bit more? Book a seaplane tour to see Loch Lomand and the Trossarchs from a new and unique angle.

From London:

Travel from Kings Cross to Scarborough for £115 return, 3 hours. Take an Airbnb for up to £40, or check availability at The Boatshed for £20.

Spending money left: £45

From Manchester:

Travel from Oxford Road to Scarborough £59, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb for up to £70, or check out the Peasholm Park Hotel from £38.

Spending money left: £61

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Scarborough for £109 return, 3 hours 30 minutes.

Try the Amrock Guesthouse for £27, or the Airedale Guest House from £25.

Spending money left: £64

Visit:

Peasholm Park for a day in the sun, Free

The coast for fossil hunting tours, £5

Scarborough Castle for history and views, £5.20

Eat:

C-A-L-F Cafe for affordable and locally sourced vegan meals, £4-7

Eat Me Cafe for a a cute vibe, seriously varied menu, and good price, £4-9

The Copper Horse for a cosy and home-style meal, £12-20

Drink:

North Riding Brew Club for local charm and craft beers, £4-8

Indigo Alley for live music, £4-8

The Courtyard for wine, cocktails and a classy atmosphere £4-10.

Fancy spending a bit more? Head through the North York Moors to to Robin Hood's Bay for the afternoon to shop for local crafts along the seaside.

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From London:

Travel from Paddington to Bath Spa for £56 return, 1 hour 30 minutes.

Go for an Airbnb up to £90, or try the Premier Inn.

Spending money left: £104

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Bath Spa for £85 return, 3 hours 30 minutes.

Book an Airbnb up to £60, or try the Bath Travel Lodge.

Spending money left: £105

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Bath Spa for £194, 7 hours (sleeper trains available).

Book at Bath Backpackers hostel for £22, or try Couchsurfing.

Spending money left: £34

Visit:

The Victoria Art Gallery, for a cheap and artsy adventure, Free

Bath Abbey for stunning architecture, £2.50

The Jane Austen Centre, for book lovers, £9

Eat:

Da Vinci's Italian Deli, for yummy budget bites, £4-8

Burgers and Barrels, for killer burgers and great atmosphere, £9-12

The Riverside Cafe, for an incredible view and local eats, £10-15

Drink:

The Salamander for craft beer, £3-6

The Coeur de Lion for a cozy atmosphere, £3-6

The Tasting Room for wine, whisky, and spirits, £5-10

Fancy spending a bit more? Pamper yourself at the Thermae Spa, with sessions from £35, or take a museum pass for access to Roman Baths, and special exhibits at the Victoria Art Gallery and the Fashion Gallery.

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From London:

Travel from Kings Cross to Newcastle for £115 return, 3 hours.

Book a private room at the stylish Albatross hostel for from £17, or take an Airbnb up to £30.

Spending money left: £55

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Newcastle for £91 return, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £55 or book at the Newcastle Premier Inn.

Spending money left: £54

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Newcastle for £32 return, 1 hour 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to 100, or try the charming Hedgefield House Bed and Breakfast.

Spending money left: £68

Visit:

36 Lime Street for local art exhibitions, Free

Ouseburn Farm for wildlife sightings, Free (but donate!)

The Victoria Tunnel for an alternate view of the city, £6

More suggestions here.

Eat:

The Fat Hippo Underground for serious burgers, £5-10

Scrumpy Willow and The Singing Kettle for a charming atmosphere and yummy brunch, £5-10

The Sky Apple Cafe for delightful veggie dishes, £5-10

More suggestions here.

Drink:

The Cluny for live music and craft beer, £4-8

Pleased to Meet You for a varied drinks menu and charm, £4-10

BrewDog for craft beer favourites and vintage games, £4-8

More suggestions here.

Fancy spending a bit more? Solve a real-life Crystal Maze-like puzzle at Escape Newcastle, or enjoy a a luxe meal inside a 13th century friary.

From London:

Travel from Euston to Conwy for £88 return, 3 hours.

Book an Airbnb up to £55, or take a camping pod near Conwy Castle.

Spending money left: £57

From Manchester:

Travel from Euston to Conwy for £26 return, 2 hours.

Book an Airbnb up to £100 or go for a room at the Gwesty Glan Aber Hotel.

Spending money left: £74

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Conwy for £124 return, 5 hours 30 minutes.

Camp at Conwy Holiday Park for £21, or the YHA Conway hostel from £16.

Spending money left: £55

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Visit:

Conwy Morfa Beach for fresh air and sandy beaches, Free

Quay House, to see the smallest house in Britain, £1

Tryfan to see the stunning peak, cab and bus fare varies.

Eat:

Blas ar Fwyd for a local foodie experience and great drink pairing, £4-12

The Old White House, for friendly service and wild views, £8-15

Pen-y-Bryn for delightful pub food at a good price, £5-17

Drink:

The Castle View, for great drinks to go with the great view, £4-8

Nikki Ips for wine and a modern vie £4-10

The Blue Bell for a cosy atmosphere and local favourite, £4-8

Fancy spending a bit more? Book at the lovely and well-located Groes Inn B&B, and take an hour's drive to the stunning village of Portmeirion.

From London:

Travel from Kings Cross to Leeds for £72 return, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £50 or a room in Calverly village at the Innkeeper's Lodge and bus into the city.

Spending money left: £78

From Manchester:

Travel from Piccadilly to Leeds for £20 return, 1 hour.

Take an Airbnb up to £100, or book at Hotel Met.

Spending money left: £80

From Edinburgh:

Travel from Waverley to Leeds for £99 return, 3 hours.

Book an Airbnb up to £35, or check out the Ibis Leeds Centre

Spending money left: £66

Visit:

Kirkstall Abbey for rich history and gorgeous architecture, £4.20

Victoria Quarter for charming atmosphere, shopping, and tasty dining, Free

City Varieties, for the world's longest running music hall, prices vary

More suggestions here.

Eat:

Hansas for delicious and affordable vegetarian cuisine, £6-8

MEATliquor Leeds for stellar burgers and drinks, £8-10

Hepworth's Deli for a cosy brunch, £4-15

More suggestions here.

Drink:

The Midnight Bell for a massive and relaxing beer garden, £4-10

The Scarborough Hotel for a nice beer or glass of wine right out of the train station, £4-10

The White Swan to do puzzles with your pints, £4-10

More suggestions here.

Fancy spending a bit more? Spend the evening at the swanky Alchemist bar to enjoy stunning views of the Leeds skyline, or head out to one of the lovely villages close by for a cosy afternoon.

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Travel from Piccadilly to Lealholm for £56 return, 4 hours.

Take an Airbnb up to £100, or book a room at the Board Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Spending money left: £94

Want to come in under budget? Camp at Wild Slack Farm from £15

Fancy going from London or Edinburgh? Increase your budget and prolong your stay, since transport prices and times won't make an overnight worth your while.

Visit:

The Esk Valley for hiking and picnicking, Free

Runswick Bay for a charming seaside day out, transportation costs vary

The Museum of Victorian Science, for lovers of Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and creepy history, £15

Eat & Drink:

The Shepherd's Hall Tea Room for a cosy local favourite, £7-12

The Beck View Tea Room for a quaint atmopshere and strong dishes, £5-15

The Board Inn for real ale and relaxed vibe

Fancy spending a bit more? Head to Staithes for a picturesque day on the seaside, or to Whitby to enjoy a bit more hustle and bustle, as well as the the area's literary history as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Travel from Waverley to Aviemore for £51 return, 3 hours.

Book an Airbnb for up to £100, or book a room at the lovely Cairngorm Hotel.

Spending money left: £95

Want to come in under budget? Book a campsite at Glenmore from £15.

Fancy going from London or Manchester? Double your budget for a longer break, since the trip is too long to make an overnight worth your while.

Visit:

Insh Marshes for birdwatching a nature walks, Free (but donate!)

Cairngorm Brewery for tours and delicious local beers, £3

CairnGorm Mountain for biking, walking, and winter skiing, from £12

Eat:

The Mountain Cafe for a laid-back vibe and tasty cafe-style dishes, £5-10

The Wee Puffin for a family-run traditional Scottish cafe, £4-15

Papa Rock for locally sourced burgers and a friendly atmosphere, £8-20

Drink:

The Winking Owl, for Cairngorm Brewery on tap, £4-10

The Old Bridge Inn for a cosy fir, live music, and premium lagers, £4-10

The Glenmore Lodge for a stunning mountain view, £4-10

Fancy spending a bit more? Book dinner as you cruise through the mountains on board the Strathspey Railway.

Travel from Paddington to Torquay for £89 return, 3 hours 30 minutes.

Take an Airbnb up to £75, or book a room at the Rainbow International Hotel.

Spending money left: £86

Want to come in under budget? Book at La Papillon for £15.

Fancy coming from Manchester or Edinburgh? Increase your budget and consider flying in, or prolong your stay since a short break from farther north isn't very practical.

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Visit:

Hollicombe Beach for tranquil sunbathing and swimming, Free

Kents Cavern for natural history and creepy cave walks, £10

Berry Head National Reserve for wildlife spotting and seaside hikes, transportation prices vary

Eat:

Green Leaf Cafe for charming atmosphere and fresh meals, £5-15

Daisy Cake for delightful desserts, £5-7

The Elephant for comfort, class, and a superb tasting menu, £8-20

Drink:

The Hole in The Wall, for Torquay's oldest pub, £4-10

Vaughan's Bar for a nice glass of wine and seaside view, £4-10

Offshore Torquay for a lovely view and good vibe, £4-10

Fancy spending a bit more? Retreat to the fab Orestone Manor for the weekend for lovely views, delicious dining, and luxury comfort.

Prices based on a single traveller lowest fares, including Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak return prices from The Train Line. Read more tips on saving on train fare here.

You can reach Scarborough from London via Kings Cross Station. A previous version of this article suggested departing from London Charing Cross.