August 13

101 Cheap Weekend Breaks


101 Weekend Breaks

Never be stuck for ideas again. Without further ado, here are 101 cheap weekend breaks. Drumroll please…..

Start with the old favourites:

1 – Paris stroll along the Seine, climb the Eiffel Tower, catch the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and window-shop along the Champs-Elysées

2 – Take a Bite out of the Big Apple in New York- order a pretzel and climb the Statue of Liberty. Walk though Wall Street, Broadway and Central Park and get neckache by staring up at the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

3 – Unleash your Inner Gladiator in Rome. Visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Recharge with ice cream before heading to St Peter’s in the Vatican City.

4 – Fall in Love in Venice – drift along in a gondola, gaze at the Bridge of Sighs, eat black spaghetti and wander through St Mark’s Square.

5 – Do the Tourist Thing in London Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, a West End Show and Trafalgar Square. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus…no wonder more than 27 million people visit each year.

Head outdoors in the UK…

Head Outdoors in the Uk...
Fresh air in the UK…

6 – Trek in the Peak District between rugged hills and homely pubs, Yorkshire puddings and the Dambusters Museum.

7 – Hike through the Brecon Beacons – take a map, proper shoes and stomp through this SAS training ground.

8 – Wander lonely as a cloud in the Lake District – remember to take wellies and a poetry book.

9 – Catch a sea breeze while climbing the rolling hills of the South Downs.

10 – Ramble through the Cotswolds – with roaring fires and home-made fudge waiting for you when you get in.

Indulge your wanderlust with a far-flung weekend break…

Two continents, one city
Two continents, one city

11 – Enjoy the spice in Marrakesh – drink fresh orange juice, barter in souks and dine surrounded by mosaics and fountains.

12 – Win the cost of your weekend break back in Las Vegas. Or something like that…

13 – Cross from Europe to Asia within the same city in Istanbul. Enjoy the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and a cruise across the Bosphorus.

14 – Athens –weave through the smog and climb high to see the Acropolis.

15 – Budapest – bathe in thermal spas then wrap up warm for Buda castle and beef goulash.

Step Back in Time…

Stonehenge - Wessex Archaeology
Stonehenge – Wessex Archaeology

16 – At Stonehenge – admire the ring of stones that have kept their mystery for over 5000 years.

17 – The Lascaux Cave Paintings – head underground to face woolly mammoths in the Dordogne, France.

18 – See the Rosetta Stone and other ancient Egyptian artifacts in the British Museum in London.

19 – Visit the labyrinth of the Minotaur at Knossos, Crete

20 – See the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, from above and below

21 – Step back 225 million years with the petrified remains in the Natural History Museum, London.


Play with the rich kids…

22 – In Harrods, Knightsbridge, London. Well, it doesn’t cost anything to browse.

23 – Mingle with the Yachts in St Tropez – it’s free to walk along the harbour in this atmospheric, small French town.

24 – Gamble in Monte Carlo’s casino – there is a public section – then follow the Grand Prix course through this twisting coastal city-state.

Party Hard…

Monte Carlo Casino
Monte Carlo Casino

25 – On the beach in Ibiza

26 – Indoors in Brighton

27 – Even in fancy dress at the notorious School Disco in London.

Then recover with a spa weekend…

28 – Surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Caldea,  Andorra’s space-age thermal spa

29 – In Britain’s only natural thermal spa in, er, Bath spa.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

30 – At the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

31 – Within the vast grounds of Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill’s birthplace in Oxfordshire.

32 – In the sumptious Alhambra complex in Andalucia

33 – And at Marie Antoinette’s former home at the Palace of Versailles

Visit Europe’s oldest classrooms

Cambridge University
Cambridge University

34 – In Cambridge– home to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Hugh Laurie. Enjoy the punts, the pints and 800 years of history.

35 – In Oxford – whose dreaming spires overlooked Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch and Esther Rantzen.

36 In Trinity College, Dublin – queue up to see the Book of Kells before heading off to the Guinness Museum

37 – The sandstone streets and sunshine of Salamanca in central Spain.

38 – The University of Paris – the Sorbonne – the former stomping ground of Marie Curie and Victor Hugo.

Get that adrenaline surge

39 – By Running with the Bulls in Pamplona

40 – Or skydiving in the Ariège

41 – Ski-ing the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix

42 – White-water rafting in Wales

43 – Going for a 4WD in Benidorm

44 – Orbing in Brighton

45 – Or braving the surf in Biarritz

Then treat your stomach to..

The Roquefort Caves
The Roquefort Caves

46 – Sushi school in London

47 – Wine-tasting inSt Émilion, France

48 – Paella in Valencia, coastal home of this popular dish

49 – Cassoulet in Languedoc, next to the medieval turrets of Carcassonne

50 – Gazpacho in Andalucia, with local sherry to top it off

51 – Salty Roquefort in the undergound caves near the famous Millau Bridge in southwest France

52 – Marmalade in Seville, between trips to the magnificent Real Alcázar

53 – Champagne in (ahem) champagne

Consider stylish city breaks in:

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay

54 – Barcelona – a city alive with Gaudí’s masterpieces

55 – Prague – showing cobbled streets and the famous Charles Bridge

56 – Cardiff this capital offers an Opera House, a Castle and Charlotte Church

57 – Dubrovnik – with burned-orange tiles, cafés and a stunning coastline

58 – San Sebastián – brimming with tapas bars and sandy beaches

59 – Marseilles– the vibrant, sailor’s city with a rebellious past

60 Zagreb – Croatia’s quirky capital

Embrace your artistic side…

Van Gogh Cafe Terrace
Van Gogh Cafe Terrace

61 – Soak up the Tate Gallery, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery in London

62 – Cross the border between France and Spain to find Matisse’s Collioure and Salvador Dalí’s outlandish museum/palace in Figueres

63 – Let Michelangelo’s Hand of God touch you in the Sistine Chapel

64 – See Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters of  the Moulin Rouge in historic Albi

65 – Drink coffee in the café from Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night in Arles

66 – See Rodin’s the Thinker in Paris

Go chasing folk legends…

67 – Search for Robin Hood in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest

68 – Tintin in Brussels…

69 – The hunchback of Notre Dame in Paris

70 – Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street, London

71 – And pirates in Penzance

Tintin in Belgium
Tintin in Belgium

And sporting legends…

72 – Watch tennis at Wimbledon

73 – Cricket at Lords

74 – See the Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysées

Grab some late summer sun with a weekend..

75 – in the Algarve

76 – or the Canary Islands

77 – the French Riviera

78 – Or Malaga

Or make the most of London…

79 – by touching a gold bar in the Bank of England

80 – reliving Tudor history at Hampton Court Palace  and Richmond Park

81 – enjoying the view at a price from the London Eye

82 – or for free from Primrose Hill

The Guggenheim - Bilbao
The Guggenheim – Bilbao

Find a building that’s worth the journey…

83 – like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

84 – or the leaning tower of Pisa

Or just chill in a laid-back place with character…

85 – like pink-bricked Toulouse

86 – or the coffee shops of Amsterdam

Help someone else…

87 – Cycle London to Brighton for the British Heart Foundation

88 – Volunteer on a one-off basis with Action 21 for a greener future

Reconnect with nature…

89 – In the Pyrenees in the natural amphitheatre of the Cirque de Gavarnie

90 – By camping in the Gower, Wales

91 – Hiking in the Swiss Alps


92 – Among fields of lavender in Provence

93 – From the air in the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

94 – Underwater by diving in Cyprus

95 – Surrounded by waterfalls in Plitvice

96 – Among the salt plains of the Camargue

97 – Gazing at the stars at the Greenwich Observatory

98 – In the tropical gardens in the Eden Project

99 – By cycling along the Canal du Midi among fields of sunflowers

100 – Climb the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis

101 – Stand on the rocks at Land’s End and debate whether or not it deserves its name…

So, there you go. 101 cheap weekend breaks.

Enjoy exploring the world one weekend at a time.

Anyone have any more?


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  1. Great post, but it depends on where you are coming from. I’m in the UK so a trip to New York for the weekend is a touch too far.

    Non the less you have some great ideas, some of which i’ve noted for a future break. Cheers

    1. It probably depends on your common sense! New York is possible for a weekend from the UK but most of us could probably think of better ways to spend that time and money 🙂 Glad you found some inspiration for a cheap weekend break away…

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