Leading online travel essentials provider names the UK's best attractions, on a budget
With half terms, Easter breaks and Bank Holidays taking place in the coming months, concerns about the cost of family days out and the subsequent impact on the bank balance are constantly on the rise.
In a bid to help the nation realise that fun doesn't have to cost the earth, EssentialTravel.co.uk, the leading online provider of holiday add-ons, has researched the UK's most wallet friendly attractions.
All costing under £10, EssentialTravel.co.uk, who offers everything from travel insurance to airport parking, has pulled together its top ten must see sights, which are ideal for those on a budget who want to avoid the pocket pinch.
1. Public Parks, UK wide
Admission charge: free
The concept of the 'public park' was introduced by the Victorians. Centuries ago they sought out the finest landscapers to create open areas where all people could convene and enjoy the outdoors. Today there are public parks in every town throughout the UK, as well as 15 protected national parks for all to use and enjoy, for free.
On 24 April, Brockhole in the Lake District is holding a free Easter event. There will be fun for the whole family, including treasure hunts and the Brockhole Bunny. The day starts at 10am. More information at: www.nationalparks.gov.uk
2.The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
Admission charge: free
Whether a whole day or just an hour to spare, the National Gallery is a great place to while away the time and get lost in beautiful art work - all for free. There is enough to keep visitors coming back for years, making it the perfect venue to visit when there is merely change left in the pocket. More information at: www.nationalgallery.org.uk
3. Llandaff Ghost Walk, Cardiff, Wales
Admission charge: £4 (pre-booked), £5 (on the night)
This spooky ghost tour will keep hair raised from start to finish. The well-versed guides know long forgotten tales and dark secrets from Cardiff's past and can tie actual events and people to all the sites that are visited. While the tour might be a bit too much for children under ten, teenagers and adults will have a ball getting scared out of their wits. More information at: www.cardiffhistory.co.uk
4. Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland
Admission charge: Adults - £7, Children - £4, Concessions - £5.50
Stirling Castle stands as a lasting monument to many great battles over its ownership. A tour of this amazing venue takes visitors back in time, through several significant periods in history. Located on top of Castle Hill, this towering structure (built around the 12th century) imposes itself on the lush Scottish countryside for miles in every direction. More information at: www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk
5. Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Admission charge: Adults - £;6.90, OAPs - £5.50, Children (5-15) - £3.50, Children under five - free
England's most famous prehistoric monument and man-made structure is open to the general public for less than £10. Visitors can ponder the mystery of Stonehenge's origins and work try to work out the strange but awe inspiring arrangement of the rocks. More information at: www.stonehenge.co.uk
6. Quiz Night At The Prince Albert Pub And Restaurant, Camden, London
Entry Fee: £2 per person
Quiz Night takes place every Sunday at the Prince Albert Pub in edgy Camden Town. The well-kept Victorian building with its stained glass windows and hard-wood floors looks like something straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. A mixed but hearty crowd come together every week to enjoy the competition and socialise. There are big prizes up for grabs, including gig tickets, drinks and money. More information at: www.princealbertcamden.com
7. Thames River Cruises, Reading
Admission charge: Adults - £4.50, OAPs -£4, Children - £3 (30 Minute Round Trip) Adults - £7, OAPs - £6.50, Children £5.50 (80 minute round trip)
Throughout the summer months, Thames River Cruises offer round trips aboard the Caversham Princess and the Devon Belle. The route takes passengers up-stream, towards pretty and historic Mapledurham House. The 80 minute trip comes highly recommended to those who enjoy the outdoors and want a lazy afternoon watching the world go by. More information at: www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk
8. The Horniman Aquarium, Forest Hill, London
Admission charge: Adults - £2, Children - £1, Families - £;5 (two adults, two children)
The Horniman Aqarium is a fantastic child-friendly venue that gives visitors an up-close look at both local and tropical water-life (over 150 species). From the the unusual charm of the sea-horses, to the vibrant colours of the clown fish, viewers have the chance to see major attractions in a smaller, more intimate setting. The main museum and gardens make the trip a double bonus. More information at: www.horniman.ac.uk
9. Bushmills Distillery Tour, Northern Ireland
Admission charge: Adults - £6, Students and OAPs - £5, Children - £3
For whiskey drinkers and anyone interested in the distillery process, a trip to Bushmills (the world's oldest whiskey distillery) offers maximum value for money. For less than £10, visitors get an intimate and informative guided tour of the distillery, as well as a free tasting session. More information at: www.bushmills.com
10. Tate Modern, South Bank, London
Admission charge: free (except for major exhibitions)
One of the great things about a museum like the Tate Modern being free is that it gives visitors the chance to come back. There is simply too much to see and do in one day anyway! With an extensive collection of art that spans five levels (each one dedicated to different themes and movements), visitors will have the opportunity to gaze at works by some of the last centuries most celebrated artists. More information at: www.tate.org.uk/modern.
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