It is obvious that you won't be able to afford a night in one of the most luxurious hotels but here are a few tips for everyone travelling around the UK on a budget :
- Youth hostels will become your second home. Just double check them on TripAdvisor, and if the great majority of people are glad they stayed there, you'll be happy as well. Youth hostels are perfect to save money, of course you have to bear promiscuity but the atmosphere is always warm and friendly, and you can meet wonderful human beings from every corner of the globe.
- Travel by train : The 16-25 rail card offers a 1/3 discount off your train tickets. It costs £30 a year and can be profitable very quickly if you often travel by train.
Another tip is to buy advance tickets. They are available 12 weeks prior to departure and make it possible for you to get pleasant savings. To buy train tickets, you can use the National Rail official website. They don't sell tickets directly but will send you to another website with the most interesting fares. There are also independant resellers like thetrainline, but my advice would be to avoid this kind of website as they charge you a fee for every booking (up to £1,5 per ticket)
- If you are rather patient and if you are lucky enough not to be coach-sick, you can travel by bus, which is the cheapest way. I have never tried them myself but I have always heard good reviews about companies like National Express or Megabus.
- Let's talk about visits now. One of the strong points I love about London and the UK in general is the fact that most museums are completely free : such as the British Museum, National Gallery or the Natural History Museum. I would particularly recommend the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Don't forget that the best way to discover a city is to stroll and wander about, and fortunately, this little pleasure is definitely free.