If you are looking for a way to have a fun day out without breaking the bank, it can sometimes feel like it’s difficult to find a good destination. These days, it is probably more important than ever to try and keep the purse-strings nice and tight, but that doesn’t mean you should be denied your right to a good day out!
With that in mind, we’ve gone around the country and knocked up a list of great destinations that you can enjoy without fretting over the bank balance.
The Natural History Museum in London
All National Museums in the UK are owned and operated by the state, meaning they are completely free to enter. Occasionally, limited time exhibits may require an admission fee, but you can usually see the majority of the good stuff for free.
There are a number of different national museums in the country, but the biggest and the best would have to be the beloved Natural History Museum. There is a lot to be seen here – a ginormous diplodocus skeleton straddling the entrance hall, a giant squid named Archie, and a complete blue whale skeleton. In winter you can even take to the ice rink!
Longsands Beach in Tynemouth
Another completely free attraction, Tynemouth Longsands has been a popular destination for holidaymakers since the 1700s. It certainly lives up to its name – the golden sands stretch on for more than a kilometre, reaching the nearby village of Cullercoats.
It’s still vastly popular in the summertime, so you’ll have to get down there early if you’re hoping for a good spot. Because of the length of the beach, it’s a good place to do some training; the Newcastle United squad are often spotted running up and down at dawn.
The world championship of surfing is frequently held here, and there’s even a surf school to cater to any newbies. What a fantastic place! Make sure to treat yourself to some lovely ice cream too.
Ness Botanic Gardens in Merseyside
If you are looking for the perfect place for a picnic, then you need look no further – Ness Gardens overlooks the Dee estuary with a lovely patch of rolling grass to sit on, making it absolutely divine.
However, that is (of course) not the only reason we would recommend these botanic gardens to you – you can get a good picnic spot almost anywhere if you’re willing to look hard enough! No, instead, the reason you should visit Ness Gardens is for the plants.
A day out at Ness will be an intriguing one: there are more than 10,000 different varieties of plants on show there, from rare types of flowers to unusual breeds of tree. Arguably the most amazing part of the whole place though is the wild flower meadow, where you can stroll through a simply gorgeous area just covered in flowers.
And if you’re hoping for something to top it all off, the gardens often host music and theatre events, so make sure you check out their events calendar!