As the Christmas season and the New Year festivities have been and gone, now would be a perfect time for you to take a weekend break to our fair capital, to spend some quality time seeing the sights and immersing yourself in the local attractions. The problem is, that for many of us, the concept of a weekend in the Big Smoke can mean overstretching the budget and spending more than our purses can handle. While London Travelodge hotels can ensure an affordable stay in the city, the rest of a frugal weekend is down to you; the attractions that are in store can cost you money but, if you’re careful, and you know what to do to keep costs down, you can enjoy them on a budget, too.
Choose Free Entry Attractions
Luckily, there are plenty of attractions within the city that are completely free to enter, namely the museums and galleries that are housed there. Offering visitors an array of exhibitions, anyone with a love for culture and history will be able to find a museum or gallery to suit their interests perfectly.
The Natural History Museum, for example, is a breathtaking experience in itself. From the towering dinosaur homed within its main foyer to the various displays scattered across its various floors and sectors, this superb museum has enough to occupy you for several hours, without costing you a penny. Similarly, the Imperial War Museum, the V&A Museum and the Science Museum are all well worth stopping by if you’re looking for a free afternoon, away from the unpredictable elements that our weather provides!
Remember that special exhibitions can cost a little extra, and during peak times these sights can become incredibly busy, so make sure that you plan your day accordingly.
Alternatively, if you have a hankering for one of the major, fun-filled attractions in the capital, such as the London Dungeons or the London Eye, keep an eye out for vouchers or discounts that may entitle you to cheaper admission. Cereal packets, for example, tend to offer some superb 2for1 deals to Merlin attractions, which include the action-packed and gruesomely grizzly Dungeons experience.
Head online and book a London Pass if you’d like to make the most of your trip without breaking the bank. If you use the pass wisely and see as many of the qualifying attractions as you can muster, you can save a fortune on entry prices. You can also include travel with your order, which means you won’t be faced with any unforeseen ticket costs to ride the Underground.
Don’t forget that children under the age of 5 can ride the Tube for free, and will often be eligible for cheaper, if not free, entry to many of the major attractions.
The diversity of attractions that the city holds is out of this world and, if you’re savvy, seeing them doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Start by booking yourself into one of the London Travelodge hotels and plan your weekend itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in the capital – on the cheap!
Do you know of any other great places for people to enjoy London attractions on a budget?