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The UK's Best Affordable Day Trips

09 Aug 2016

If you’re starting university in September, chances are you’ll be saving every last penny into your freshers’ week  fund. Second and third year students may be curbing their spending too, to make sure they have a few extra pennies once next semester rolls around.

However, you don’t have to shut yourself indoors and wait for summer to finish — there are plenty of cheap day trips that will get you out and about with your friends without costing you a fortune. Here, we share a few of our favourite low-cost days out:



There's still a chance we might get some sunshine this summer, so what better way to soak up it up than with a visit to the seaside? Tynemouth was recently voted the best coastal town in Britain by Rough Guides and it’s easy to see why.

Pack a picnic and spend a day on Tynemouth Longsands beach watching the surfers or explore the 2,000 year old Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Entry costs £4.70 with a valid student discount, so your cultural exploration won’t break the bank either.

Rufford Abbey Country Park


If you’re a history student or have a keen interest in Britain’s past, why not pay a visit to Rufford Abbey Country Park? When you’re not wandering around the picture-perfect gardens, try to explore the haunted remains of the medieval monastery — if you’re brave enough!

Once you’ve had enough of ghosts and ghouls, grab an outdoor picnic bench and enjoy a spot of lunch. Entry to the park is free too — bonus!

Lake District


As arguably Britain’s best-loved beauty spot, there’s so much to see and do in the Lake District — so much so, we had to give it its own section! Here are the highlights from the region:

Dove Cottage

English students can earn some pre-semester brownie points by paying a visit to Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Take a tour around his first family home and explore the garden where he penned some of his famous poetry.

Student entry costs £7.25 when you show a valid student ID card — a small price to pay for a large slice of our heritage.

Derwent Water Marina

The water may be still, but there’s plenty going on at Derwent Water Marina. If you’re really strapped for cash, spend the day admiring the many docked sailing boats. However, if you do have a little more cash to spare, why not hire a rowing boat and get out on the lake yourself?

One hour’s hire costs around £14. Split the cost between you and your mates and hit the water to explore the hidden coves and secluded islands surrounding the lake. Fancy something different? Stand up paddle boarding is available for just £9 if you fancy flexing your water sports skills.


What would a visit to the Lake District be without walking those impressive hills? The great thing about the Lakes is that there are walks to suit everyone, whether you’re wandering along the flatter terrain that surrounds the larger lakes, or tackling a more demanding hike such as England’s highest peak – Scafell Pike.

For a low-cost day in the Lakes, you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned ramble, although you may have to invest in some decent walking boots before you go.

Getting to each of these destinations is affordable too. Stagecoach bus services run close to each of these destinations, so you can leave the car at home and save some cash. Kick-start your summer, get outdoors and start planning your journey now.

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