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Top cheap UK holidays 2023: 10 budget staycation destinations

Top cheap UK holidays 2023: 10 budget staycation destinations

As summer approaches, many will be wanting to take advantage of longer nights and better weather to go on holiday. With a cost of living crisis meaning people are considering the price of holidays more than ever, some have turned to staycations as their best option for well-deserved break.

Luckily, the UK has a wealth of potential destinations that are accessible on a budget, from stunning beach holidays to culture-rich city breaks and activity-fuelled countryside getaways.

From the Scilly Isles to the Outer Hebrides, Britain is blessed with a range of places that work brilliantly for almost any kind of break, from a trip with friends to a family getaway during the school holidays.

Whether wandering the canals of Liverpool to hiking the hills of the Lake District, here is our pick of the best budget staycations to get you even more exciting about the coming summer months.


A view of the Tyne River and its iconic bridge

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Newcastle is famous for a nightlife scene made notable by university students and a certain long-running Geordie TV show. What many people don’t know is that the city is remarkably picturesque, with a range of architectural styles visible within the city centre. The jewel of the eclectic mix is Grey Street, with a range of 19th-century buildings that includes the city’s Theatre Royal and Central Arcade.

The Tyne Bridge and the Angel of the North are the main monuments, but other areas – such as Ouseburn or the Quayside – are worth exploring. Direct trains from York run regularly and can be picked up from £7.80 one way; despite the distance, return trains from London can be picked up for as little as £29 if booked in advance.


INNSide, a hotel project from the Melia group, has cheap double rooms in an excellent city centre location; some rooms even overlook the Tyne Bridge.