As Spring appears and the chances of a bit of sunshine improve, the four-day Easter weekend presents the perfect opportunity for a short break. However, with it being a public holiday, it can get rather busy, and cheap Easter breaks aren’t so easy to come by.
So if you’re looking for a chance to get away but don’t fancy blowing your budget, then take a look at our ideas for the best cheap Easter breaks to take this year.
London isn’t usually associated with cheap breaks, but when you consider the number of great places offering free admission, you could quite easily enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. Attractions such as the Natural History Museum, the V&A and the Tate Modern are all free to get in, while Good Friday sees the regular The Passion of Jesus performance in Trafalgar Square.
The Peak District
Offering breath-taking landscapes and fun-filled activities, the Peak District is undoubtedly one of the UK’s best cheap Easter break options should the weather be kind. Home to several walking and cycling trails that don’t cost a penny, the national park also boasts the stunning Chatsworth stately home which will once again be open for Easter after its winter closing. A not too distant drive away you’ll also find the Yorkshire Sculpture Park that hosts regular exhibitions alongside permanent pieces by the likes of Henry Moore and Anthony Gormley.
Well known for being one of the UK’s best-loved leisure destinations, the historic city of Bath is a must visit for those looking to spend the Easter break with their feet up. Home to both ancient Roman and comfortably modern baths, as well as some genuinely stunning Georgian architecture, the city offers plenty of charming places to enjoy during a stay. For those looking to keep the costs of their Easter holidays down, however, and discover more about this historic city, there are plenty of walking tours led by enthusiastic locals to enjoy.
Again, not a city you would most associate with a cheap weekend away, but Scotland’s picturesque capital does host plenty of brilliant attractions to enjoy for free. Both the National Museum of Scotland and Giles Cathedral are entirely free, while a self-guided tour of locations that inspired the Harry Potter books is sure to add a touch of magic. Should the weather be good for the Easter weekend, then you won’t get a better view of the city and its iconic landmarks than from a hike up Arthur’s Seat.
There’s plenty taking place in Cornwall this Easter break, and you won’t need to overspend during a visit to one of the UK’s best-loved holiday destinations. Whether it’s sandy beaches, lively seaside towns or must-visit landmarks you’re after, there’s more than enough to keep your Easter weekend busy. While there’s also plenty to keep the kids entertained with the Curious Easter Hunt at The Mount and The Eden Project’s Golden Egg hunt both taking place over the Easter holidays.
Home to plenty of charming traditional villages and miles upon miles of unspoiled landscape, Cardigan Bay and its surrounding area make a great option for those after coastal walks and quaint cafes. What draws visitors to the area, however, is the possibility of catching sight of the UK’s largest dolphin pod, with the Easter period seeing the start of more regular appearances by the dolphins.
Making a name for itself as the new cool place to be, Margate boasts an array of wallet-friendly things to see and do that makes the town one of the UK’s best options for cheap Easter breaks. During a stay, visitors can enjoy free entry to the renowned Turner Contemporary, while tickets to the recently refurbished Dreamland theme park start for as little as £5 each. Chic shops and cafes are also regularly popping up alongside Margate’s more-traditional seaside restaurants and shops, while the ever-popular beach is sure to provide plenty of hours of entertainment for younger ones.
Birthplace of William Shakespeare, the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon makes an ideal setting for a relaxing Easter break with its beautiful architecture, peaceful canal walks and Shakespeare exhibits. As for those in search of a real Easter treat, nearby Coughton Court, a stunning Tudor House with extensive gardens, is playing host to a Cadburys Easter egg hunt.
With so much on offer you might struggle to fit everything in over a single Easter weekend, Cardiff makes the perfect destination for a fun-filled holiday. The grand Cardiff Castle offers visitors over 2000 years of history, as well as free entry, while nearby Bute Park has stunning parkland and was once the castle’s private gardens. Elsewhere, there are plenty of attractions with free admission including the Norwegian Church Arts Centre which regularly features new exhibitions and the National Museum which hosts works by a number of world-renowned artists.
Looking to spend your Easter holidays beside the seaside, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Norfolk. Boasting over 90 miles of coastline, the county is ideal for those after dog-friendly beaches or action-packed days out with the kids. While for those looking to keep their accommodation costs down, the area boasts plenty of static caravan’s that can be booked relatively cheaply, while historic Kings Lynn boasts plenty of charming, budget-friendly options.
Easter Offers and Savings
When planning for your Easter holidays, there are a number of steps you can take to help keep the costs down and help stretch your money further. When booking your break, we recommend doing the following:
- Book travel in advance: Many rail fares go on sale 12 weeks before departure, so booking early is a great idea for those looking to save. A railcard, such as a Two-together or a Family and Friends card can also save you a significant amount and can be used numerous times.
- Multiple attractions pass: Many towns and cities offer up a multiple attractions pass that gives access to a number of attractions and all for a single, one-off cost. A great option for those looking to take in all that their destination has to offer.
- Compare the costs: Comparison websites are a great way of finding cheap Easter holiday deals on hotels and B&B’s as many booking sites often offer up varying prices for the same apartment or room.
The UK is home to a number of great destinations to enjoy a holiday. If you’re looking for cheap Easter holidays for 2019, then hopefully our guide to our Top 10 Cheap Easter Breaks has given you a few ideas.
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