Days out are likely to be in high demand now that museums, galleries and historic attractions are back open. But while entry to some of the UK’s best sights might set a family of four back by more than £100, a top day out needn’t leave a dent in your wallet.
To help you enjoy an affordable day out this year, we’ve picked out the best-value attractions from our most recent UK survey of around 5,000 people. While these aren’t necessarily the cheapest places to visit, they are the highly rated ones where your pounds and pennies will go furthest.
In all cases, it’s best to check the website before making the journey, because advance booking is often required and a couple of attractions are yet to fully reopen.
The map below shows the 14 best-value attractions for days out in the UK, from the Riverside Museum in Glasgow to the RAF Museum in London. Every attraction earned top marks for value for money, as well as an impressive overall score of at least 85%.
You’re spoilt for choice if you want to visit a fantastic museum or gallery without spending a small fortune. Some 13 attractions earned top scopes for value for money in our survey, with 10 of them also receiving impressive customer scores, indicating how likely visitors are to be satisfied with their experience and recommend it, if asked.
Great value historic attractions are slightly harder to come by, with just six out of 50 earning top marks for value for money in our survey. Of those, just four also earn exceptional overall scores, so they should be your first port of call.
The best historic attraction in the UK also represents fantastic value for money. Visitors are free to explore the Queen’s former yacht, including the opulent state dining room, before enjoying champagne and cream tea on the Royal Deck.
Fountains Abbey dates back to the 12th century and is now the largest monastic ruin in the country. As well as representing fantastic value for money, you’ll be able to explore the grand Romanesque ruins and surrounding Studley Royal Water Garden at your own pace, because it also earned top marks for lack of crowds.
The home of democracy in the UK was the fifth-highest rated historic attraction in our survey. While tours are currently still suspended, it’s worth keeping on the website as exploring the chambers and the 11th century Westminster Hall is not to be missed. Entry is cheaper than many London attractions and UK residents can avoid paying altogether by requesting free tickets from their MP.
It’s impossible not to be impressed by Durham Cathedral’s dizzyingly high-vaulted ceiling, held up by massive, chevron-striped pillars and pointed arches. It’s the highest-rated UK cathedral in our survey and, better still, entry is completely free.