If you are trying to save the cash this year, then an overseas holiday might just be out of the question. If this is the case, then a mini break might be the ideal way to recharge the batteries and enjoy a change of scenery. Great Little Breaks is a great source of the best cheap breaks in the UK, and I thought that I might share with you some of my favourite places for mini breaks that work in both Spring and Summertime.
You might be thinking that London does not sound the kind of city where you can enjoy a budget mini break, but you would be wrong. There are many budget priced hotels and hostels in the city, and with many of the capitals museums being free to enter (The V&A, Museum of London, Natural History Museum and the British Museum being just a few with no entry charge.) and you can enjoy a wealth of culture without spending a penny. Enjoy a host of streetfood options in places like Camden, or take a picnic in one of the City’s beautiful park areas. If you decide to see a show, get your tickets from one of the boxes in Leicester Square for cheap bargains (we saw ‘The 39 Steps’ for just £10 per ticket). You can enjoy a wonderful break and not break your spending ban.
Lincoln is a stunning city, complete with a castle and an incredible cathedral, but, for me, one of the things I most love about it is that you can park the car up and do your sightseeing and shopping on foot. Travel down Steep Hill and enjoy the wonderful vintage shops and independent stores that make the shopping experience so vibrant and stylish. The key to enjoying Lincoln is to avoid the chains like Costa and Primark, and instead look at all that is unique when it comes to shopping and food.
The site of a very famous battle, Tewkesbury is a picturesque English town which is full of Grade 2 listed buildings that define the beautiful and the quirky. The Abbey is an architectural wonder, and is free to enter, although donations are gratefully accepted. The pleasure gardens are also lovely, and well worth a wonder around on a warm day. The town has a host of restaurants, vintage shops and good quality charity shops that make the shopping an interesting experience, whilst Tewkesbury is also the point where to major rivers meet – The Severn and The Avon, making it a unique place to visit.