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City Breaks on a Budget

30 AUGUST 2012

With the price of living constantly on the rise, people are cutting back on unnecessary costs in order to make ends meet. However, holidays don’t need to be on the list of things we can no longer afford.

 

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There is a huge range of fun and exciting cheap city breaks available, both in the UK and across Europe. Whether you're looking for a luxurious bed and breakfast getaway for you and your partner or are in search of the ultimate stag party destination for you and your friends, there are a variety of European cities waiting to be explored.

Whether it's for a special occasion or you are just looking to treat yourself to a new experience, getaways across Europe and the UK don't need to blow the bank. Here's a look at five of the best affordable getaways for those looking to holiday on a budget.

1. Budapest

Hungary is still one of the most affordable and exciting destinations on the continent. Budapest is a visually stunning city, with the Danube River running through its heart and the Buda Hills to the west. Its history of human habitation is just as incredible as its natural beauty, with amazing baroque and neoclassical architecture, Turkish-era thermal baths and world-class food and wine. Best of all, it's cheap!

2. Paris

The city of love can be experienced on any budget; from cheap and cheerful right through to incredible luxury getaways. The districts of Paris are constantly changing, with a number of the artistic and vibrant areas offering trendy and affordable accommodation options. As well as this, the beautiful pastries, wine and cheese that are so well loved in France can all be sampled from local stores which offer the same high quality as cafes and bakeries but at much lower prices.

3. Manchester

There are countless UK city breaks available for people looking to holiday on a budget. From scenic cottage getaways to inner city weekend breaks, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Some of the most affordable options can be found in the north of the country, away from the extortionate price tags so often found in London.

A former industrial city turned cultural hub, Manchester is rich in sporting history, arts and fascinating museums. You can also experience the best the country has to offer, from fine dining, boutique shopping and trendy bars, at a considerably more affordable rate than you would find in London.

4. Bristol

In recent years, Bristol has transformed from a classic industrial city into an exciting and vibrant place to visit. Dockyards have been replaced by trendy restaurants, designer bars and intriguing galleries and museums. Best of all, this unpretentious city offers numerous attractions at an affordable rate with iconic sites such as Clifton Suspension Bridge continuing to draw visitors from across the world.

5. Bruges

Filled to the brim with Gothic architecture, this medieval city continues to draw large numbers of visitors year after year. The most popular holiday destination in Belgium, the city is the perfect spot for those with a keen interest in history and provides visitors with the chance to step back in time without spending a fortune.

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