Days out for under a tenner
Want a day out but aren’t feeling too flush? There’s great fun to be had that won’t break the bank.
We’ve rounded up the best thrills, food and freebies so you can enjoy the Big Smoke for a little less.
Must-see: Explore Crystal Palace like it’s Jurassic Park –you’ll find carved wooden dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures dotted amongst trees, lakes and a maze. Or head down to Tumbling Bay playground at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Who can resist a rock pool or a tree house? And all you’ll need to pay for is a coffee if you fancy one.
If you want something a bit more cultured, you can snap up standing tickets for a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre for £5 – but you’ll need to be quick, they sell out fast.
Cheap eats: Kick hunger to the Kerb – London’s street food market Kerb hosts the hottest independent food traders. Prices range from £5 – £8.50 and the traders aren’t shy with the portions so it’s pretty good bang for your buck.
Freebies: Plan your day right and you won’t have to spend a penny. Loads of the city’s museums and galleries have free entry – check out the classic V&A and Science Museum, or the Whitechapel Gallery and the Museum of Curiosities if you’re looking for something less mainstream.
Grab a tenner, your appetite and your kilt – we’re off to Edinburgh!
Must-see: The best way to see this incredible city is on a walking tour. Potterheads must join the Potter Trail – you’ll be taken to the places that inspired scenes or characters, as well as where JK Rowling actually penned the books.
If you don’t believe in magic (you big muggle), take the Old Town Tour. As well as seeing all the main city sights, you’ll learn all about Edinburgh’s endlessly fascinating history. And the best bit is, both are absolutely free!
Cheap eats: Grab lunch from The Manna House Bakery – their filled rolls, bagels and butties are all freshly baked and cost less than £4.
Or warm up with thai food from Ting Thai Caravan. The canteen-style eatery serves up mouth-watering pad thai, jungle curry and tom yam soup among other things. And everything comes in well under a tenner, especially on the day menu 11.30am-6pm.
Freebies: If you love a bit of Scottish literature, don’t miss the Writer’s Museum. This free, hidden gem is dedicated to three of Scotland's most famous, old writers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
Have fun in the toon for just a tenner – here’s how:
Must-see: The Great North Museum: Hancock isn’t your usual stuffy old museum. Discover the history of Hadrian’s Wall, see live animals and fish in the Living Planet gallery, find fossilised dinosaurs and learn about Ancient Egyptian mummies. You can even travel into space in their in-house planetarium.
Cheap eats: Quay Ingredient is a brilliant place for lunch. Grab a croque monsieur £1.95 or a garlic and chilli tiger prawn salad for £5.95 – there’s a range of pastries and cakes for afters too.
If you want something a little later on, head over to Zapatista burrito bar at Ridley Place. From spicy shredded beef to sweet potato chilli, there’s plenty of options and prices start at just £5.20.
Freebies: It might sound like another place to gorge, but the Biscuit Factory is actually the UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft & design gallery. With over 200 artists set over two floors, there’s plenty to see – and all for free.
York holds 1,900 years' worth of history in its ancient walls, let’s see what you see can in a day, for a tenner…
Must-see: Take a stroll down the historic Shambles, which was once voted the most picturesque street in Britain, checking out the quirky shops and eateries. With its cobbled paths and narrow timber-framed buildings, you’ll feel like you’re walking through yesteryear.
Cheap eats: The tiny Shambles Kitchen is so popular that they usually sell out by around 2pm. The menu changes seasonally and daily, with soups, wraps, sandwiches (shout out to the pulled pork) and rice boxes, all between £3.50 and £7.
If you head over to the Shambles Market you’ll be spoilt for street food choice. Our top two picks are Los Moros for their Middle Eastern wraps and Nukkad for their amazing kathi rolls and dosa.
Freebies: The National Railway Museum (biggest museum in Britain) is brilliant for train-mad kids, and there’s load of picnic spaces for you to bring your own food.
For fantastic views over the city and the Minster – you can walk along York’s incredibly well-preserved Roman walls. The walk will take you about two hours and gives an excellent view of the ancient city – perfect for spotting your next boozer for a well-deserved sit-down.