11 cheap Easter breaks around the UK

Get tips on where to go and what to do during the Easter holidays.

Family walking on stepping stones on beach

If you’re a little short on money or time, there are plenty of spots around the UK that are perfect for some time away.

Admittedly, they may not be as sunny as their European counterparts, but with historic city breaks and hidden beaches, sticking to native soil this Easter will deliver everything you’ll need for a relaxing vacation for a fraction of the price.

Top Easter break destinations in the UK

English Riviera

English Riviera

  • Best for: English seaside towns

Torbay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham all make up the part of South Devon that has come to be known as the English Riviera.

Made up of old-school seaside villages, award-winning beaches and fantastic seafood, this is perfect for an active family holiday or romantic getaway.

Top family holiday activities in The English Riviera


Yorkshire

Yorkshire

  • Best for: Enjoying the great outdoors

Home to the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District, this northern county is a mecca for hikers around England.

Though the weather can be unpredictable, there are plenty of quaint cafes serving hot chocolate and traditional English pubs with roaring fires to warm up in after your adventures.

Top family holiday activities in Yorkshire

Diggerland admission for two
Diggerland admission for two

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Views up the Watkins Path leading to the summit of Snowdon with lots of waterfalls and small pools

Gwynedd

  • Best for: Remote getaways

Snowdonia National Park dominates much of the country of Gwynedd and is where most of the action happens.

You’ll find secluded accommodation tucked away in the mountains, fantastic wild swimming spots and miles and miles of hiking trails to get stuck into.

If you’d prefer to be closer to the coast, head to the Llŷn Peninsula where Anglesey will provide you with the epitome of a Welsh seaside town.

Top family holiday activities in Gwynedd

Family treehouse experience
Family treehouse experience

Virgin Experience Days


Urban crowd and futuristic architecture in the city, London, UK

London

  • Best for: A city escape

As a global city and our capital, London needs almost no introduction.

Home to no end of museums, restaurants, bars and a surprising amount of free activities, a weekend to the capital city isn’t just for the big spender.

However, if you’re savvy, it can be an affordable break for the whole family too.

Top family holiday activities in London


The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England

Somerset

  • Best for: Spa towns and local produce

Perhaps known best for producing some of the best cider in England, Somerset is not short on fantastic locally-made produce.

Once you’ve had your fill of the market towns, head to the main event in Bath, where the ancient Roman spas, fed by natural spring water, await.

Top family holiday activities in Somerset


Monument, Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Scotland

Edinburgh

  • Best for: Exploring castles

As Scotland’s second city and full of historic castles, Edinburgh draws a steady stream of visitors year-round.

It’s arguably at its best during springtime when temperatures are on the rise and the crowds have not yet descended, making it perfect for an Easter escape.

Top family holiday activities in Edinburgh

9-hole mini golf at Scrapheap Golf
9-hole mini golf at Scrapheap Golf

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Highland cattle in lake district national park in Buttermere, Cumbria.

Cumbria

  • Best for: Getting back to basics

If the weather allows it, camping is one of the best ways to explore Cumbria and The Lake District National Park that sits within it.

Otherwise, choose one of the many picturesque villages in the county to base yourself in for a quiet getaway.

Top family holiday activities in Cumbria


York Minster, York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

York

  • Best for: History buffs

The beauty of York lies in its diversity.

It’s not just a town where you can learn heaps about England’s diverse history. It’s also one with a thriving food scene, cobbled streets with lines of boutique shops and a picturesque countryside on its doorstep.

Top family holiday activities in York

Family visit to The York Dungeon
Family visit to The York Dungeon

Virgin Experience Days


Lieverpool waterfront, England, UK

Liverpool

  • Best for: Shopping and music buffs

Enjoying a modern waterfront, several large shopping malls, bundles of museums that nod to the city’s industrial heritage.

Plus, so much Beatles memorabilia you wouldn’t believe it, it might just be about time to take a visit to one of England’s most up-and-coming cities.

Top family holiday activities in Liverpool

Family Liverpool FC Stadium tour
Family Liverpool FC Stadium tour

Virgin Experience Days

Family visit The Beatles Story Exhibition
Family visit The Beatles Story Exhibition

Virgin Experience Days


The Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland

  • Best for: Road trips

Whether you’ve got a few days or a week to spare, Northern Ireland’s relatively small size lends itself perfectly to a road trip.

Start your adventure in Belfast, where there are plenty of museums and castles to explore before heading north to the beautiful beaches of Portrush and the unique formations of the Giant’s Causeway.

Top family holiday activities in Northern Ireland

Full-day Game of Thrones filming locations tour
Full-day Game of Thrones filming locations tour

Virgin Experience Days


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Cambridge

  • Best for: Cyclists

Ditch the car and grab a bicycle or tandem to get around Cambridge.

As well as being one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the UK, once you head outside the realms of this university town, there are longer bike routes to tackle with plenty of historic courtyards, hidden parks and open spaces to explore.


Top family holiday activities in Cambridge


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Beach resort

1. Best for rock bottom prices: loveholidays

loveholidays dedicates a large section of its website to the best Easter holiday deals. So you’re guaranteed to find the break that you deserve for less, whether it be in the UK or abroad.

  • Holidays are separated into the cheapest breaks, family-friendly deals and all-inclusive Easter bargains.
  • All holidays are ATOL protected for your convenience.
  • Deposits start as low as £25 per person, so you can secure that great rate now and pay it off in affordable monthly chunks later on.
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UK

2. Best for spontaneous city breaks: lastminute.com

Booking with lastminute.com gives you access to thousands of deals across the world that can be booked any time up to the day before you travel. Plus, if you book your flights and hotel together in a combined package, you can reap even more savings.

  • Easy-to-read Easter deals section is broken down by city breaks, seaside resorts and luxury hotels.
  • If you don’t want to pay upfront, you can lock in the deal with a small deposit and use one of its flexible payment plans to pay the rest.
  • Deals are updated nearly every single day, so it’s worth checking back if you don’t find your perfect holiday on your first search.
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Family on the pool

3. Best for families: Jet2Holidays

Working with companies around the world, you’ll find bargain deals on family stays in the UK, Europe or further afield for less than £700. This includes return flights and seven nights’ accommodation for two adults and two children.

  • Holiday deals are broken down into different school holidays, so you can find out the best discounts during Easter with ease.
  • If you book in advance, you have the chance to bag one of the many Free Child Places offered during the school holidays. This means your little one could be flying and staying for free.
  • A designated family-hotels section makes finding family rooms with child-friendly entertainment a breeze.
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