As one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, the Lake District attracts countless visitors annually with it’s stunning landscapes and English countryside charm. However, holidays can be far from budget-friendly, even when we decide to stay on home turf. That’s why we have listed some tips to help those on a budget enjoy all the Lake District has to offer and truly escape bustling city life.
If you’re watching your pennies, there are plenty of accommodation options in the Lake District. Hostels are by far the cheapest and are dotted throughout the district, but if you want something a little more comfortable, a country cottage or log cabin is the perfect choice. Prices usually start at £200 for a self-catering cottage for two adults staying three nights. Hotel rooms, like most places, vary dramatically in price, but there are cheaper hotel options available throughout the area. However, as the district is a popular retreat all year round, booking any type of accommodation in advance is a must.
Gastronomy and getaways go hand in hand, so it’s nice to know that the Lake District offers budget-friendly meals even for those with picky palates. Some of the most revered restaurants in the district are The Jumble Room in Grasmere and The Hazelmere Cafe & Bakery in Grange-Over-Sands; with both serving homely and hearty meals at very reasonable prices. Alternatively, if you are staying in a cottage or cabin with cooking facilities, you can stock up on supplies at many of the supermarkets or farmer’s markets in the area.
The beauty of the Lake District is that it is budget-friendly by nature. Soaking up the scenery costs nothing. So before you start your trip, plan out some walking or hiking trails and bring a picnic on the day to keep costs down.
Inspiring many through its sheer beauty, the Lake District has been home to some of the most respected writers and poets in Britain. With many of their former homes being preserved and turned into museums. Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farmhouse and William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage are just some of the museums that must not be missed and with entry under £12 for adults, it’s a cheap and educational way to spend an afternoon.
Even if you are planning on staycationing in the Lake District, travel expenses can creep up, so it’s best to research all your options before booking. Driving is always an option, and renting a car can be a good idea if you are with a family or group of friends. If you prefer to leave the car at home, travel comparison websites can give a great overview of the cheapest and fastest ways to get to the Lake District. One such website, GoEuro, compares train, bus and flight options to destinations in the UK as well as Europe. So if you’re home or abroad, getting to the Lake District can be both cheap and convenient.