10 of the Best Cheap City Break Destinations in the UK

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Winter has officially arrived and many of us are itching to embark on a cosy city break or weekend away that won’t break the bank. There are numerous cities within the United Kingdom that are notably cheap and have a lot going on, making these destinations ideal for those seeking an affordable getaway!

1. Sheffield

Located in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is a city popular amongst many. There are two universities located in Sheffield which gives the city a buzzing atmosphere and vibrant nightlife, making it an excellent choice for groups or couples that are looking for a boozy weekend away. In addition to its nightlife, Sheffield also has a large city centre packed with a variety of shops and restaurants, numerous museums, and a botanical garden!

 photo of the sheffield city hall at dusk

2. Blackpool

Blackpool is a cheap and cheerful city that is filled with fun things to do for both adults and families! Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the city’s attractions that attracts people from all over the nation, featuring ‘Nickelodeon Land’ this theme park has been named the UK’s Favourite Amusement Park. However, there is more to Blackpool than their amusement park. This city hosts a variety of Christmas fairs and markets making it an ideal destination to visit in the lead up to Christmas, in addition to their annual Christmas light festival ‘Blackpool Illuminations’!

photo of the blackpool pleasure beach at night with the ferris wheel illuminated

3. Birmingham

Birmingham is undoubtedly one of the UK’s best-loved locations for a city break. This is partly due to the city’s range of quirky and aesthetic bars and restaurants, in addition to its reasonable prices. Birmingham features a Sea Life Centre, art gallery and museum, botanical gardens, and Cadbury World! Whether you’re travelling with your significant other, family, or friends, Birmingham has something for everyone. 

photo of the birmingham canal with boats on

4. Cardiff

Wales’ capital is a popular place to visit for those looking to do some sightseeing, shopping, or boozing! Cardiff city centre is filled with reasonably-priced bars, nightclubs, and eateries, as well as a shopping centre packed with high street brands and a Victorian indoor market. Cardiff attracts a lot of visitors throughout the festive season once the Christmas market has opened and the lights have been switched on, giving the city a wintry and cosy feel.

 photo of historic buildings in cardiff

5. Newcastle

While Newcastle is notoriously known for its nightlife, this charming city is packed with quirk and appeal. Grainger Market is particularly popular amongst foodies due to its variety of delicious cuisines. Additionally, Newcastle has a rich history and features a variety of impressive attractions, including Newcastle Castle, the Discovery Museum, The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, the Tyne Bridge, Grey’s Monument, and the Theatre Royal, which all boast particularly impressive architecture. 

photo of newcastles tyne bridge at night

6. Leeds

Similar to Sheffield, Leeds is also well known for its nightlife and cheap eats! Leeds is a large city with a lot going on –  many praise its picturesque walking routes along the River Aire and Roundhay Park. Additionally, this city hosts a number of live music venues (including the Brudenell Social Club), and Tropical World (an outdoor attraction filled with exotic horticulture and animals!). There are a wide range of fun things to do around the city of Leeds, making it a fantastic place to visit for both couples and families. 

photo of the leeds city centre sky scrapers illuminated at night time

7. Nottingham

Nottingham is well known for its historical appeal and features a variety of ancient significant sights and attractions, including the City of Caves, National Justice Museum, Nottingham Castle, St Mary’s Church, and more. Nottingham city centre is huge and is home to a range of retail shops, bars, and restaurants, allowing visitors to treat themselves to delicious food and dine in chic eateries that won’t break the bank. 

photo of the nottingham city centre aglow at night

8. Hull

Hull is particularly popular amongst individuals craving a cheap and cheerful city break due to its wide variety of attractions and activities, including the Hull Old Town which is known for its range of eateries, Queens Gardens, and the Streetlife Museum. Hull is home to The Deep: an aquarium that features over 3,000 creatures and a stylish restaurant surrounded by sea life. 

The Deep aquarium in hull at sunset

9. York

Founded by the ancient Romans, York is packed with historical value. From the 13th-century Gothic cathedral to the medieval stained glass windows, history is scattered throughout this magnificent city. Additionally, York features an impressive nightlife scene and often offers student nights throughout the week should you wish to embark on a boozy few days away. 

york city centre at night

10. Swansea

When visiting Swansea, we recommend that you pay a visit to Gower, a beloved destination with mesmerising beaches particularly popular in the warmer months. Alternatively, Mumbles is a quaint and charming seaside town famous for its mouthwatering ice cream and scenic beachfront. While this town is not the most lively destination, it’s brilliant for those looking for a quiet and blissful town located just a 15-minute drive from Swansea city centre.

swansea beach with yellow sand, blue sea and greenery surrounding