With a diverse arts scene, charismatic coastal towns, and an abundance of historic architecture, Britain is brimming with exciting adventures.
If you want to get away from the usual 9 to 5, you really don’t have to travel far. Thanks to its fascinating history and peaceful countryside, England is brimming with plenty of things to see and do.
For a cheap weekend getaway, the country has some brilliant options. Swap the more popular cities with a trip to the North York Moors National Park, or, embark on a hiking adventure in the Lake District. For a little travel inspiration, we have rounded up our favourite bargain weekend breaks in England – all you have to do is start booking!
Combining local history and peaceful coastal walks, Whitby is an idyllic town nestled in Yorkshire.
This welcoming town is perfectly positioned along the North Sea and is particularly famous for its award-winning fish and chips.
If you’re looking for a typical seaside town, then you have come to the right place. Whitby promises plenty of coastal walks, sandy beaches to relax on, colourful beach huts, and traditional amusement arcades for the whole family.
Pack your bucket and spade, try out your fishing skills, or enjoy a tasty picnic in one of the area’s lovely green spaces. Of course, there’s so much more to Whitby than it’s seafront location.
The town is also home to the popular North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a spectacular historical journey on board a heritage steam train.
Don’t miss out on a trip to the Whitby Abbey, recently awarded the title of Britain’s most romantic historic ruins.
Learn about the area’s local history at the Whitby Museum, or, visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Admire local artwork at the Whitby Pannett Art Gallery, or explore the surrounding Pannett Park for a peaceful afternoon.
North York Moors National Park
If you’re looking to totally get away from it all, the North York Moors National Park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.
With fantastic biking and hiking trails, this is a wonderful destination for all the family. Expect to find an abundance of birds, plants, and other wildlife species.
There are also plenty of historical landmarks to explore thanks to the region’s impressive Roman heritage.
The Rievaulx Abbey is a collection of Cistercian monasteries that date back to the 12th Century. Situated in the River Rye valley, visitors can explore the abbey ruins, or, view medieval carvings and artefacts at the onsite museum.
Kick back and enjoy a dramatic landscape that’s flanked by the iconic moors. There are many ways to get around the national park including hiking, running, cycling, and horseback riding.
If you happen to be around during winter, the North York Moors offers exceptional stargazing opportunities with a specially dedicated festival in February and March.
The area has lots of lovely B&Bs and guesthouses to suit all budgets and group sizes.
Famed for its stunning architecture and world class spas, Bath is the ultimate city break for those looking to combine sightseeing and relaxation.
Situated amongst the rolling hills of Somerset, the city’s name is linked to the bathhouses that were first constructed during the Roman settlement period.
Using the area’s mineral rich spring waters, these grand bathhouses promoted rest and wellbeing, something which the city still prides itself on today.
As you wander the streets of Bath, it will be difficult not to notice the grand Georgian terraces at every turn.
Explore the local boutique stores, and art and crafts shops for unique gifts and souvenirs.
Of course, as with most city’s in the UK, Bath offers a wide selection of free museums and galleries. Bath Abbey is an exceptional example of England’s striking medieval architecture, with a fascinating Gothic interior.
Walk along the River Avon towards the city’s 18th Century Pulteney Bridge, lined with idyllic shops above the river.
When it’s time to relax, follow the footsteps of the Romans and head to the fantastic Thermae Bath Spa complex, perfect after a busy day exploring the city.
Offering an attractive coastline, Devon is a great destination for surfing and hiking. Situated in the South of England, the area offers pristine beaches, breathtaking clifftops, and a warmer climate.
Take the kids on a hunt for fossils along the iconic Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile route where dinosaurs once walked the earth.
Whether you want to soak up the sunshine at the beach, or, venture further afield to Devon’s medieval towns and villages, the region has plenty of options.
Be sure to sample a traditional Devonshire cream tea, complete with scones, pastries, jam, and a good old pot of tea.
Further inland, Dartmoor National Park is brimming with scenic hikes that pass significant Bronze Age monuments.
The city of Exeter offers museums, excellent restaurants, and laid-back bars, while Torquay is home to some of the best beaches in the country.
Foodies can also rejoice at Devon’s popular farmer’s markets with a selection of homemade produce and locally brewed cider.
And, at the of the end of the day, do as the locals do and head to a nearby pub.
Spanning across 885 square miles, the Lake District is an extraordinary destination with challenging hikes, rock climbing, and kayaking adventures.
Home to England’s highest peak, Scafell, the Lake District also offers spectacular mountain scenery.
The area is comprised of 16 lakes, each one surrounded by charismatic towns and villages.
The largest and most accessible lake is Windermere, home to the World of Beatrix Potter.
Head to the idyllic village of Grasmere and visit the 17th Century gingerbread shop for its famous homemade biscuits and fudge.
Ambleside is a fantastic base, at the far end of Lake Windermere, with plenty of accommodation and food options.
Take a walk to the idyllic town of Troutbeck, or, venture further away from the lakes to the Great Langdale valley where you will uncover waterfalls, idyllic farmland, and even more challenging hikes.