Top 10 Low-Cost Places Every Student in the UK Must Visit
Every student coming to the United Kingdom for higher education knows that this isn’t exactly the cheapest country to live and study. However, this certainly doesn’t mean you should limit your time here to staying in your dorm all the time. There are numerous wonderful places and attractions all around the UK that are affordable (or even free) and that you absolutely have to see. Let’s check them out!
The British Museum, London
The British Museum gives home to a huge collection of artefacts and artworks from around the world and offers free entrance to all visitors. With over 8 million pieces on display, the institution boasts one of the largest such collections in Europe, documenting and illustrating our history and culture from beginnings to present. The museum even hosts free tours daily, as well as talks with knowledgeable curators and guest speakers. Even the more comprehensive Highlights Tour designed for adults is just 12 pounds per person, an insignificant sum for what wonders and treasures it will reveal to you.
Xscape, Milton Keynes
This excellent sports and entertainment complex is an absolute must-see! With a variety of interactive games, a 4D cinema, bowling lanes, skydiving, climbing walls and indoor ski slopes, Xscape has plenty of fun to offer for all students. You need to pay a fee to participate in most activities, but the prices aren’t exorbitant, and they offer free entertainment over half term. Plus, entrance to the complex is free, so if you’re really strapped for cash you can just come and have fun watching others – a great source of entertainment as well!
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Fans of period movies or the romantic types will absolutely love Chatsworth House. This astonishing stately home, although privately owned, welcomes visitors to its vast grounds for a more than decent price (just 21 pounds for students). Come and enjoy the 1,000-acre park, water garden, adventure play garden, maze, and art gallery, and spend your day feeling like nobility!
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Built in the 14th century following the Norman Conquest, the imposing Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, but it is most renowned as being one of the locations where Harry Potter was shot. Visiting the castle will cost you about 25 pounds, and we promise it’s worth every penny! The building itself is astonishing and has a magic vibe to it, and there are events, activities and workshops that will make your visit even more unforgettable!
Inverewe Gardens, Wester Ross
Nature enthusiasts or those looking for a little peace and quiet after a stressful exam session absolutely have to visit the Inverewe Gardens at least once. A lush, exotic oasis overlooking Loch Ewe, this paradisiac garden is one of the most popular botanical attractions in Scotland. With stunning vistas, rare plant species and a large variety of mammals and birds, the estate welcomes students for just about 10 pounds, and there are free guided walks available on weekends.
Anglesey Sea Zoo, Isle of Anglesey
For just about 7 pounds, you get the chance to see a top attraction in Wales, a unique aquarium showcasing the best of UK’s marine life! Learn about the extensive research and conservation work conducted to help save the fascinating creatures roaming the coasts of the United Kingdom, see what lurks in the waters around Britain and Wales, and have a delicious home-cooked meal at the Rockpool Café.
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
This fascinating museum is the only one of its kind to analyse aspects of contemporary and historical slavery and to tell the story of transatlantic slave trade. Since its opening, the institution has become an international hub for resources regarding human rights issues and has been fighting to address ignorance and promote awareness on the enduring impact of slavery, lingering on even in our days. Entrance is free of charge for all visitors.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon
Founded over 40 years ago, the Donkey Sanctuary is a well-deserved retirement home for rescued donkeys and mules, offering them a welcoming place where they can live free from suffering and feel loved. The place also provides animal-assisted therapy to people facing emotional, mental and physical challenges, and there’s also a nature centre and a maze on the grounds. Admission is free, but the sanctuary welcomes donations and volunteers.
The City of Bath, Somerset
Situated less than 100 miles west of London, the City of Bath in its entirety is an absolute must-see attraction. A World Heritage Site rich in history and culture, this picturesque city hosts a multitude of museums, theatres, cultural establishments, and wonderful streets and houses that seem to have been stuck in time. There are free walking tours of the city you can embark on, and you can find budget accommodation at inns, farms or university residences, and you can find excellent organic delis here that sell delicious food for just a few pounds.
The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
Stretching for 8 miles along the English coastline, the White Cliffs of Dover boast a striking façade thanks to their unique composition of chalk and black flint. They are not only an impressive natural landmark, but also an important symbol for Britain, being on the frontline in both World Wars and becoming a crucial part of the island’s defences.
All around the UK, students can find attractions of all sorts. Apply for a student railcard or travel by inexpensive bus and seek out incredible places and things to see and do.