Where to Go for a Cheap Weekend Away
Staycations are as popular as ever and if you are looking for a unique weekend break, away from the usual UK tourist destinations, then look no further. We’ve scouted out some fantastic weekend getaways to suit all tastes, with some pocket friendly tips on where to go, where to eat and drink and also what to see.
From charming seaside towns to lovely countryside spots, we have put together a list of five unconventional UK holiday locations that are well worth a visit. Plus, we all know how much a weekend away can add up so we’ve hunted out places near to a Travelodge where you can pick up a room from just £29 a night!
From the beautiful Somerset to the culturally rich Hull, we have handpicked a selection of hot spots from around the country that offer something a little different than your usual getaways. So pack up your weekend bag and hit the road for a full weekend of fun on a budget.
A Weekend in Somerset
Located in the South West of England, Somerset is a county that has both history and amazing scenic views. Just south of Bristol we have found some great little gems for you to check out!
Stay at… Wincanton Travelodge
Eat at… At the Chapel
A Grade II listed chapel, At the Chapel is an aesthetically pleasing restaurant and artisan bakery that is well worth a visit. Bright and airy, there is much to be enjoyed within this victorian church from their wood-fired pizzas – which are to die for – to their delicious pastries and loaves which can be taken away.
Visit… Hauser and Wirth
What was once a five-acre farm has now become a fantastic multi-purpose arts centre. If you have an interest in contemporary art and architecture this is the place for you. In the setting of the gorgeous Somerset countryside, the gallery has a beautiful landscape garden which was designed by Piet Oudolf an internationally renowned landscape architect.
The gallery offers free admission to the public six days a week.
Shop… Clarks Village
For all your high street favourites, head on down to Clarks village. This is a little further afield than the other ‘to dos’ in this list, but well worth it. You can save yourself up to 60% on purchases from Phase Eight, Next, Calvin Klein, The Body Shop plus many other big name brands.
Sip a Coffee in… The Lovington Bakery
Before heading out for a day of exploring ,why not pop into this lovely local bakery? We hear they make a mean bacon sarnie or – as you are on holiday – why not enjoy one of their delicious cakes can be enjoyed alongside a great cup of coffee?
A Weekend in Norwich
If you haven’t visited Norfolk before – you definitely should! Norwich is a great place to spend the weekend, a medieval city that is both modern and historic with a fantastic arts, music and cultural scene.
Stay at… Norwich Central Travelodge
Eat at… Benedicts
Richard Bainbridge, who you may recognise from BBC’s Great British Menu, has opened this wonderful British Bistro. Locals now revere this gem for its delicious food, rather than its chef-patron’s celebrity. Try out the set lunch where you can enjoy two courses for £16 or the a lá carte for £29 for two courses. Or, if you are feeling a little flush, why not try the seven course tasting menu with wine flight to boot?
Visit… Theatre Royal
For a great night out, take a look at the listings for Norwich’s Theatre Royal. From live music events and ballet to musicals and stand up, pick up some tickets for a great night out in this art-deco theatre, renovated in 2006.
Shop… The Royal Arcade and Market
Open Monday to Saturday, Norwich’s Market is a sea of around 200 Brightly coloured stalls. One of England’s largest open air markets, selling everything from fresh flowers to haberdashery and fabrics.
Whilst in the city you will almost certainly want to check out The Royal Arcade which was opened in 1899. Housing a selection of shops and restaurants, you can while away a few hours in these lovely surroundings. Also, don’t forget to pop into the famous Colman’s mustard shop to fulfill all your mustardy dreams!
Sip a coffee in… Littlehaven Coffee Co
Just a four minute walk from Norwich Central Travelodge, this coffee house is a locals favourite and one that can be easily missed. Make sure to fit in a trip for great coffee with great service.
A Weekend in Hull
Hull is the UK’s City of Culture for 2017. This may come as a surprise to some, but from their great vintage shopping to their strong music history, culture is something they definitely aren’t lacking in.
Stay at… Hull Central Travelodge
Eat at… Sleepers
The name Sleepers comes from the close proximity to a railway bridge in Hull. From delicious meals to their selection of locally brewed beers, the laid back atmosphere is casual and a great place to enjoy a delicious meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you can make sure you get to try some of their great food over a weekend away. Also, don’t miss out on their homemade desserts – they’re excellent!
Visit… Adelphi Club
Originally a three bedroom terraced house, The Adelphi Club is a celebrated underground music venue. Pulp, Radiohead, Happy Mondays, Green Day and The Manic Street Preachers are just a handful of the bands that have played this small, intimate venue. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events to make sure you arrange your weekend away around a great band!
Shop… Vintage: Poorboy and Magpie’s Den
Outside of the high street usuals, such as Topshop and New Look, Hull has a great shopping scene for you – especially if you are into vintage gear. Both Poorboy and Magpie’s Den are local vintage treasure troves, with a great selection of hand-picked vintage clothing and accessories, which will impress any seasoned vintage veteran.
Sip a Coffee in… Thieving Harry’s
This super trendy, family run cafe originally started as a pop-up and have now secured themselves a permanent fixture on Humber Street. Pick yourself up a freshly baked pastry and speciality coffee and look out onto the marina from behind their fold back refurbished doors.
A Weekend in Margate
Margate, an old British seaside resort in Kent, is quickly becoming the hot spot for trendy Londoners looking to get away on a weekend. With its amusement park recently having a referb and great arts scene, this fantastic wonderful seaside spot is perfect for a great weekend away.
Stay at… Margate Westwood Travelodge
Eat at… The Ambrette
The Ambrette is an amazing Indian inspired restaurant, that has received critical acclaim, with no curries in sight! Their evening taster menu costs £59.95 but you can try their two-course lunch menu for under £20!
Located just a five-minute walk from the center, you don’t have to stray too far to enjoy some amazing food.
Visit… Turner contemporary
Located right next to the harbour, head on down to Turner Contemporary to view contemporary and historic art in the largest contemporary art space in South-East England. Open Tuesday through to Sunday, admission is free and it’s well worth a visit – especially if you are on a budget.
Not only is the art fantastic, but the views from the building itself are superb.
Shop.. The Old Town
A mixture of boutiques and galleries line the Georgian Streets in Margate’s Old Town. From beautiful clothing to fantastic retro homeware, spend an afternoon strolling the streets to pick up some treasures.
Sip a Coffee in… The Greedy Cow
In the heart of Margate’s Old Town, enjoy delicious homemade cakes served alongside equally delicious coffee when you need a rest from all the shopping!
Play… Dreamland Margate
Looking for some good old-fashioned fun? What better way to spend your weekend than enjoying the amusements and retro rides of what is possibly the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain?
Dreamland was heading for closure in 2003, but through a ‘Save Dreamland’ campaign and an £18 million refurb, Dreamland has been saved so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.
A Weekend in Southport
Only a short distance from Liverpool, Southport is a large seaside town with a fantastic sandy beach and brilliant pier – both of which offer fantastic views of the coast.
Stay at… Southport Travelodge
Eat at… Wilson’s Kitchen
Wilson’s Kitchen is a steakhouse and gourmet burger restaurant tucked down a little side road. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this centrally located restaurant – a menu that offers plenty of choice and with great service this is a hidden gem that you are sure to enjoy!
Visit… Southport Pier
Enjoy the great British pastime of a stroll along a wonderful grade II listed pier that has been standing for over 150 years! A walk to the end will give you fantastic views looking out across the North West and – if you’re lucky – on a fine day you can see all the way to Blackpool and North Wales.
Shop… Wayfarers Arcade
The Wayfarers shopping centre was opened in 1989 and is visually very striking . Full to the brim with independent shops, it is an iconic attraction of glass and iron-work – a must see in the centre of Southport.
Drink at… A Great Little Place
Serving locally roasted artisan coffee, A Great Little Place is an award-winning cafe that offers a relaxed atmosphere and truly friendly staff. As a social enterprise this cafe exists to make a difference in the lives of people with Autism. Enjoy their great coffee and lovely Homemade food and cakes, created in their own kitchen, whilst supporting the positive work that they do.
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We hope we’ve inspired you to take a trip that’s a little out of the ordinary… from the beautiful Somerset to the culturally rich Hull, a wonderful weekend away can be close to home.
Take a look over our Travelodge page, where you will find all the latest offers and vouchers available direct from us here at vouchercloud HQ. A great weekend away doesn’t have to break the bank and with rooms starting from just £29 you can afford to travel more!