Things to do in England

by Stephen Newsont

With the current financial climate, we all want to find cheap vacations. One of the leading draws to the UK is the exchange rate. A dollar goes far further now than it ever has. Here are a few ideas to help you draw the most enjoyment from your vacation.

One great activity which both children and adults can enjoy is visiting the many museums situated in almost all of the major cities in England. What most people don’t realise is that all publicly owned museums in the UK are completely free to go and visit.

So from the spectacular Worlds museum in Liverpool to the famous London transport museum in the capital there is a world of knowledge and science to be found for free.

Many of the guides have lived in the city’s they operate for their whole lives thus they make the perfect guides. I’ve had the privilege of taking many of these tours and can quite honestly vouch for the expertise and professionalism of the operators.

England is famous for its old train system which is said to be one of the first in the world. Many have been shut down but some have been kept going as tourist attractions. A trip on the Colne Valley Railway in Essex will only cost a few dollars and allows you to take a scenic tour of the English countryside. You can also have refreshments while on board and the train will leave you right back to where you started.

There are some fantastic theme parks and marking them as well, the most famous and clearly greatest of them all is Alton Towers. Alton Towers feature some of the most advanced rides in the world the oblivion and Air are truly amazing. Plunging 200 metres into a deep underground tunnel makes the entire visit worthwhile. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to scream though, it takes the breath away and leaves you quaking in your boots.

Watching a Soccer match (or football as its called in the UK) as another exciting but cheap idea for a family day out. However it does depend on what team you want to see. For the top sides in the premiership such as Liverpool FC tickets will cost around $30 – $40 depending on the type of seat. I think the atmosphere at these matches is definitely worth the admission especially if the home team win!

There are many excellent pursuits and cheap entertainments to experience in the UK. Be sure to cram as much of the local culture into your visit as possible, these are memories that’ll last you a lifetime for sure. Check with your tourist operative before leaving and remember that in the UK, a great day out really can be free.