Lavish vs Low Price – Exploring the UK

Very true to the saying, “What is this life if full of care? We have no time to stand and stare”, life today is too hectic even to think of anything other than our busy schedules. It is hence very natural to long for a vacation or a holiday, away from the boring monotony of the routine. If you are planning on spending your holidays in the UK then there are places which can be covered within a tight budget and others where you need to be prepared to spend lavishly. Here are some options:

Exploring the UK on a Budget:

York: A very beautiful historic place with many important political events. Places like James college lets you stay at a rate as low as 30 pounds a night. Surrounded by beautiful rivers and lawns the place offers you delicious food at a very affordable cost you would very much wish for.

York MinsterPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): York by katarinadzurekova

Bath: Plenty of museums, cultural establishments and theatres will impress and interest you very much, that too at a very low cost. You are sure to find some great budget accommodation in university residences or inns and farms. Piping hot food with the best hospitality of the local people will mesmerize you.

Prior ParkPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Prior Park by karen_roe

Brighton: We chose to also visit Brighton, a place where we did lots of free activities, such as walking along the scenic beaches, visiting gardens, and parks as much discussion and planning. Brighton museum and art gallery and the Fishing museum are places we never wanted to miss and it was indeed a great start to our vacation. It came as a surprise to us that many hotels in Brighton had family rooms at very low prices, that too with amazing sea views.

BrightonPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Brighton by bevgoodwin

While travelling to and within UK, it is very much essential that you book your tickets well in advance to save money and to enjoy the scenery when we travelled in the train. Britrail pass is ideal for you if you plan to travel economically apart from Megatrain and Virgin Train services. We planned all our travels by checking with the Trainline’s Fare Finder to get the cheapest fare. Of course bus travels are cheaper than the trains but you will be losing lot of time in travels.

Visit the UK in Style:

The other side of UK is one that can be do lavishly and by throwing budget out the window. Get all your wishes and desires but be ready for it to be expensive and for some nice places to stay at if you like to travel in style. You could even hire a bespoke travel agent if you really wanted to push the boat out…
London:

Accommodation: Hotels like The Dorchester Hotel, The Landmark, and the Grosvenor Square, apart from Le Meridien Piccadilly are some great luxury options. You can sample world cuisine delights in London if you know where to go…after all, London is called the fine dining capital of the world! Restaurants like Alain Ducasse, Atelier Robuchon, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Quaglino’s offer world class dining experiences.

Grosvenor SquarePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Grosvenor Square by wetherellmayfair

Tourist spots: Places like Buckingham palace, Madam Tussauds and Tower of London are quite expensive. The British Museum is said to charge hefty entrance fees.

Buckingham PalacePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Buckingham Palace by tobias

London is certainly the priciest of the destinations in the UK, though you could also visit Belfast, Cornwall, Dorset, Pembrokeshire, and Norfolk and indulge yourself in wonderful spas, fantastic accommodation and delicious michelin star food.

In today’s hectic paced world, everyone gets desperate to get away from the hustle bustle of everyday life. Families or large groups of friends, wishing to get away from the everyday rush are spoiled for choice in green and lovely England and we were no exceptions to this rule!! For us wishing to get away for a long weekend, a full week, or even a stag or hen party, the places should be such that they have some interesting features to offer to suit everyone, and we decided that the places have to be either in or near a historic city or a breathtaking rural location surrounded by lovely landscapes. And we all agreed on one thing – never miss a chance to visit UK if we got one!

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