Destinations, Food, Travel, UK

I’m proud to be a Leeds Blogger. I’ve lived just ten minutes from Leeds city centre all my life. An exploring the culinary delights for the city for as long as I can remember. A fantastic hub of history, entertainment and activity.

My experience probably makes this post wayyyy overdue but still… Here is my eight awesome places to lunch in Leeds.

Barburrito

We recently took a class at Barburrito in Leeds, learning how to make a burrito (it’s harder than you might think) and it was AMAZING!

The manager and staff were really helpful and nice, they made sure you were getting the best deal and the most for your money without it coming off as up-selling. The food is high quality and tastes great, there is no end to combinations of the meat to the sauces and everything in between. They have a student discount and have meal deals available making it the perfect place to lunch on a budget.




Jamie’s Italian

Jamie’s Italian isn’t exclusive to Leeds. However, there’s one here and it’s great!

Located is within the banking quarter it’s well within walking distance from the main high street and shops. It’s a great place to visit for a high-end meal that doesn’t cost the earth. They have an exclusive lunch menu, which really makes eating here at lunch time much more affordable than on an evening.


Bossa Grill

Unlimited meat sounds like a dream for most carnivores. However, this dream has been made into a reality with Bossa Grill. We we’re invited to the grand opening of Bossa Grill having never previously heard of the concept.

The concept is fantastic, and the restaurant is funky, colourful while also relaxing. You simply use a model cow to indicate whether you want more food or your ready for a break. How cool is that?!?!

The lunch time menu is slightly cheaper than the evening but either way, you get what you pay for, the quality of the meat is fantastic and the sides bar is fun to choose from. 



Prezzo

There’s two Prezzo’s in Leeds. One outside of the city centre at the White Rose Shopping Centre and another in The Light by the Headrow.

Thanks to their fantastic locations across the UK we’ve eaten at Prezzo a number of times and always enjoyed it. We really enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the restaurant and the service is always on point. The food is always magnificent and beautifully made. What makes this even better is that you’ll often found pretty awesome discounts on the mobile application Vouchercloud

Yo Sushi

We love Yo Sushi so whenever we can we will go and eat here, this is one of our favourite places to lunch when in Leeds. Located on the top floor of Trinity Leeds, here you’ll find fast food but good food – making it the perfect place to dine if you’re short on time!


If you’ve never had sushi before, or have previously had it but didn’t like it I suggest coming here and giving it a second chance. There’s loads of fish alternatives making it suitable for all tastebuds!


They have a pretty awesome 25% discount for students (excluding Monday’s & Saturday’s) and every Monday enjoy 45  dishes for just £2.80 each. 


Primo’s

Primo’s is an all time favourite, it is a great alternative to a burger and it isn’t just any old hot dog. These are great if you are wanting something quick but not resulting in McDonald’s or Burger King.

The establishment is found in the historic Corn Exchange not far from the Market. It specialises in real taste of USA gourmet hot dogs and they will not disappoint. 

Las Iguanas 

This is mainly a Brazilian, Mexican and South American food, with a fantastic and lively atmosphere it is a great place to eat.

They offer a variety of dishes from across the board and a great tapas menu for those who like a little of everything. The decor is fun and inviting, and the staff are friendly and highly knowledgable. 

Five Guys

We have eaten at many different locations of Five Guys, each one we have loved and never had an issue.

Five guys are probably the most divine burger I have ever had, and yes if your a foodie or a connoisseur then this may not be something you agree with but it has been voted the best burger chain for a reason.


Even though they are a chain, I wouldn’t pick anywhere else to get a burger. The staff clearly like working there and you can see it, the service is great and the drinks machines are amazing.
 

As always I’d love to know you’re favourite places to lunch in Leeds. Let me know in the comments where you suggest we try in the future. In the meantime be sure to check out some of our suggestions and let us know what you think.

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Destinations, Travel, UK

We have visited the city of Leicester a few times now. During every visit our main focus has been a Lego show hosted at the National Space Museum. However, during our most recent trip to Leicester we were left with more downtime than usual and was given the chance to explore this fantastic city. 

It, therefore, seemed only fitting that we put together our guide of how to visit Leicester, England on a budget;

 

Travel

The cost of your travel to Leicester is going to be impacted on by two things;

The distance to Leicester
The way in which you travel

As the purpose of our visit was for the Lego show, we chose to drive the 87 miles.

Other options could include the coach (MegaBus travel from Leeds to Leicester three times a day at a cost of £5.00 per person each way) or train (Leeds to Leicester takes almost three hours and requires a change in Sheffield, it also costs almost £40 during off-peak times so be sure to check before you travel)

As we travelled by car one issue we were faced with was finding a centrally located hotel with parking facilities. Otherwise we could be faced with additional parking costs – something to always bare in mind when travelling with a vehicle. 

Hotel

As we were looking to stay within walking distance of the city centre we chose the Ibis Leicester. We stay in Accor branded hotels a lot when travelling within the UK (In fact I think this is our tenth stay in an Accor branded hotel during 2017)

The hotel came with complimentary parking. Although it could be said that it was a little ‘wild’ as there were far more cars than there were spaces which left people scrambling to park in rather unsatisfactory ways. 


This Ibis hotel was the first that we’ve stayed in with the newly refurbished rooms. Which was clean, spacious, modern and practical. The check in / check out process was simple and straight forward and the staff were friendly and helpful. Being an Accor Gold Member (a status from loyalty to Accor hotels) we were offered a complimentary drink, however this was just for one of us despite two people staying in the room – which was a little awkward… but hey!

Attractions

Just outside of the city centre is the National Space Centre. While this is a unique attraction it comes at a price that could ruin most budgets. I’d really like to see them remove the parking charges and introduce a family ticket that’s a little more budget friendly.


If your kids are into space you’re not going to be disappointed. However, be sure to bring a packed lunch to avoid the additional costs of the on-site cafe.


If you’re a lover of shopping then don’t forget to check out High Cross. This highly modern shopping centre in the city centre is full of fantastic shops. The entire centre was clean, and the security staff were always available should you need any assistance. 

Other things to do during your trip to Leicester, England on a budget include; A trip to King Richard III Visitor Centre, a walk around Leicester Cathedral or if you’re a football fan watching a match at the King Power stadium – home to the Leicester Football Team, the premier league winners of 2016.

Food

Our Ibis hotel provided a complimentary cold buffet of food which was a perfect way to start the day – and keep costs down. We also made trips to the supermarket and bought items to make a packed lunch to eat in the park or on the benches in the city.

However, we did splurge a little on an evening eating out in the heart of the city. We opted for one of our favourite chains of restaurants, Yo Sushi. 

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Accommodation, Destinations, Travel, UK

In 2016 I had the pleasure of attending my very first World Travel Market in London. The event was held over three days with events taking place the weekend prior. This meant 5 nights in central London, this meant money.


I went shopping around and managed to snag a deal at the EasyHotel South Kensington, but at just £24 a night for a double room, what on earth was it going to be like?

Trip Details

Dates: 4th November 2016 – 9th November 2016
Nights:
 5
Price I Paid Per Night: £24
Room Type: 
Double
Booking Platform: EasyHotel


Location

Easy Hotel has eight London properties and is often overlooked as you wont find it on any of the websites such as Hotels.com or Booking.com. The most central to my stay was the South Kensington property. 

A five-minute walk from Gloucester Road and Earls Court Underground station, moments from the museums of South Kensington.

 

The Room

Many EasyHotels come with the option of window or no window. Yes, that’s right you’ll pay a premium for a window. Personally I decided to save myself the £6 and I have zero regrets of doing so (although it’s something to bare in mind if you’re claustrophobic)

The room was small, it was basic, it was bright orange, but it had everything you could possibly need and was spotlessly clean!

EasyHotel South Kensington

 

Facilities

As you might imagine the facilities are rather basic. I mean you’re in the centre of London so what more do you really need?

There is however a TV and Wi-fi available for an additional charge. As well as some computers in the foyer and a vendor for some essential snacks!



In conclusion, sure the EasyHotel South Kensington is small, it’s cheap, it’s orange… But honestly? What more do you need? It’s a clean space in the centre of the city to lay your head down at night.

It’s a great alternative to a hostel and pitched at the same price point. So in my opinion you really can’t go wrong. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I’d book not only this hotel again but any other from the EasyHotel brand. 

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Advice, Destinations, Travel, UK

In March 2017 Helen and I set our on our first ever British Road Trip. The idea was that we’d head around the north of England visiting every charity shop we could. Buying items to resell for profit on eBay.

Today I won’t be covering the eBay side of things. Instead I’ll be talking about the road trip itself with my 5 top tips for planning a British road trip.

1. Book Your Hotels In Advance

One of the biggest things I worried about was whether or not to book our hotels in advance. When visiting Thailand we roamed around the country freely booking hotels as we went.

Booking.com

However, we had a more specific plan whilst on our British road trip which is why I opted to book our hotels in advance. This saved us so much time on an evening when the only thing we seemed to want to do was eat, shower and sleep. We spent most nights in an Accor hotel, being an Accor cardholder I benefited from 10% off rates and welcome drinks on arrival. Accor includes budget brand Ibis who has a hotel in most major cities.  



2. Food On The Go!

Most days we’re spent constantly travelling from place to place. We could have very easily spent hundreds of pounds on food even if we only ate at fast-food places such as Greggs and McDonalds… but we didn’t.


Instead we got creative, stayed healthy and saved money by making our own food on the road. We’d stop at supermarkets and buy supplies such as wraps, bags of lettuce, sandwich fillers, fruit etc… Helen would make wraps and other tasty meals while I was driving giving us more time to explore.


Because we travelled during the winter months our food stayed cool however when travelling in the spring or summer .  


3. Get Up Early

This one sort of goes without saying but to truly make the most of your time on the road, get up early. Whether you’re spending your day in a particular place or are packing up and travelling to your next destination.

It’s also worth remembering that you’re going to need to allow for additional travel time on a morning between Monday and Friday due to commuter traffic.  



4. Split Your Travel Time

Rather than driving hundred(s) of miles over the course of the day try and split your day so you’re travelling just 20 – 40 miles at a time. Stopping every hour or so at a new destination.

It’s a great way to break up your travel time and can allow you to travel hundreds of miles without ever feeling like it. There are some great attractions and places to visit in small villages, towns and cities all over the UK.  


5. Avoid Service Stations

This goes without saying not just on road trips but during any trip across the UK. You’re going to be paying up to 20% more for your food and petrol at service stations compared to supermarkets / petrol stations in the most local town, city or village.

Obviously, it’s not worth breaking down for however make a conscious decision to take advantage of the time in which you’re next to somewhere offering cheaper food or petrol.   That’s everything (that I can think of right now at least) put together these tips can save you arguments, cash and create an even better experience for you on your British road trip.

As with any of the articles here on The Mini Millionaire be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve anything to add, any questions or simply want to share your experience in following some of these hints and tips.

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Destinations, Travel, Travel, UK

If you’re planning a UK break-away this year then Brighton may very well be on your list. In 2016, my girlfriend Helen and I spent a couple of days in Brighton and had a wonderful time.

 

I never really believed in holidaying in the UK (I blame my parents for spoiling me with trips abroad as a child). However, Brighton was the first place where I actually felt as though I was truly on holiday.

 

If you’re looking for a UK getaway this year then let me share with you this fantastic list of free things to do in Brighton.


Feel free to use the interactive embedded map above to plan your trip’s itinerary. I’ve highlighted every location I talk about in this post to try and make it as simple and straight forward as possible.
 

1. Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier opened in 1899 and up until 2000 was known as Palace Pier (only renamed after being purchased by the Noble organisation). This victorian pier is packed with various food and drink outlets, fairground attractions, bars, restaurants and even an arcade.


At 1,760 foot long the pier plays host to 85 miles of wooden planking. With impressive statistics like that it’s no wonder it won an award for being ‘pier of the year’. Over the years the pier has played host to many TV shows and movie sets including Doctor Who and The Carry On series. Open all year round and only closing on Christmas Day it’s the one location you can count on being open regardless of the season.


During our time in Brighton Helen and I went to the pier to watch the sunset. We sat on the free to rent deckchairs for hours. It was a fantastic place to take photographs, and chat about life (and everything in-between)

 

2. The Royal Pavilion Garden

The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of only a few fully restored regency gardens in the country. Having been restored in 1820 by John Nash. Since then it’s been maintained under organic guidelines. With garden volunteers use natural planting techniques and organic compost to encourage the return of wildlife to the centre of Brighton. The beauty of the Royal Pavilion Garden is how it changes with the seasons. In early spring you can expect to see snowdrops and wild daffodils. Whilst in Autumn, strawberry trees and sunflowers.


If you’re looking to save money on food during your trip then the Royal Pavilion Gardens is the perfect spot for a picnic. You can also listen to live music being played most Monday afternoons.

 

3. Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Brighton plays host to many museums, both free and paid. However, my personal favourite has to be the family friendly Hove Museum & Art Gallery. Regardless of your age, you’ll find something for everyone at this free to enter interactive toy gallery. Designed with the theme of a wizard’s attic, highlights include a mock up of the Wizard’s workshop for broken toys and a bedroom split by time (half modern-day and half victorian).

 

The museum also includes two contemporary craft galleries. The main craft gallery showcases start objects from the museums collection and introduces some of the key craft pioneers of the 20th century. The second gallery explores the process of craft making. The role in which Brighton played in the birth of cinema here in the UK is celebrated in the film gallery with working optical toys, magic lanterns and cameras.

 

The gallery features the pioneering Hove film-makers of the 1890s and 1900s including footage of their films. The museum is open through-out the week, however it’s closed on Wednesdays and only opens for a couple of hours in the afternoon on a Sunday. For more detailed visiting hours be sure to check the website before you travel.  

 

4. The Lanes

The Lanes, are known as a collection of narrow lanes within the city centre of Brighton. Famous for their small often independent shops including several antique boutiques with narrow alleyways. Just because The Lanes are made up of shops and restaurants doesn’t mean this has to cost you money.

 

Helen and I spent many hours simply taking in the architectural sights, rummaging around independent stores and getting lost. You’ll often find buskers and live performers livening up the streets, making The Lanes a fantastic place to experience the most of Brighton’s atmosphere. It’s no wonder it made it number three on Trip Advisors list of top things to do in Brighton, as voted for by the public.


The Lanes is also home to the flagship Choccywoccydoodah store and cafe. This was part of a fly-the-wall TV show and is renounced for it’s super creative window displays attracting crowds of visitors along with their amazing cakes which are apiece of art in themselves. You’ll find Choccywoccydoodah’s second store in Carnaby, London.

 

5. Devil’s Dyke

Devil’s Dyke is last on my list of the top five free things to do in Brighton. However, that doesn’t mean to say it’s last all together. In fact for many of the adventurous type this is likely to be number one. To experience Devil’s Dyke you’re going to be leaving the city centre of Brighton. If you have a car then parking is £2 all day and free for national trust members.

 

If you’re looking to use public transport then bus number 77 leaves the Pier multiple times a day, seven days a week. This short journey is certainly going to be worth your time. That’s because Devil’s Dyke is home to some of the most stunning views of the British landscape and home to the deepest and widest dry valley in Britain. You don’t just have to enjoy Devil’s Dyke on foot. A network of bridleways criss-cross the estate offering great cycling for both notice and more experienced cyclists.

 

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little different Devil’s Dyke is also fantastic for kite flying and is known as one of Europe’s finest sites for paragliding and hand gliding.

 

There we have it, my top five free things to do in Brighton. Visit my other travel post to learn more about how we had a budget trip to Brighton. Be sure to leave me a comment with you’re favourite free things to do whilst in Brighton.

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Destinations, Travel, Travel, UK

There is loads to do in London, even when you are on a budget. So go ahead and give your credit card a rest with these 10 fabulous and free things to do in London.

 

1. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is both the residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch, however, that’s not always been the case. The original Buckingham Palace was far more modest. Built as a townhouse for the Duck of Buckingham in 1703 and then purchased by George III in 1761.

The decision to upgrade from a house to a palace came when George III was succeeded by his son, George IV. In 1826, George IV managed to persuade Parliament to stretch the agreed renovation budget from a modest £150,000 to a whopping £450,000. He then appointed architect John Nash to create a palace fit for a king. The Palace we’ve come to know today is still very much a functioning building.

A trip to Buckingham palace is one of the great free things to do in London


Made up of 775 rooms including 19 state rooms, 240 bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Over 50,000 guests a year visit Buckingham Palace for state visits, royal ceremonies and garden parties. Whilst you can pay to visit inside a state room of Buckingham Palace, simply visiting the gates and watching such delights as the changing of the guard is completely free.

The changing of the guard takes place daily at 11.30am from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. The ceremony lasts approximately 45 minutes.  

2. Natural History Museum

Open daily, the Natural History Museum is a great place to visit for free in London. Featuring hundreds of exciting and interactive exhibits including the ever popular Dinosaurs gallery and mammals display – with the unforgettable model blue whale.

Be sure to go on a self-guided tour around the Darwin Centre Cocoon where you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into labourites where scientists are at work.

A trip to the national history museum is one of the many great free things to do in London
The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including chances to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature.



3. Kyoto Garden

Hidden in Holland Park is the wonderfully beautiful and peaceful Kyoto Garden. The garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain.

The garden has been carefully designed to accurately reflect the key traits of Japanese gardens. Interact with the Peacocks or simply have a picnic on the bench in this delightfully peaceful park in central London.
 

4. Tate Modern

The former Bankside Power Station on the side of the river Thames is now formally known as the Tate Modern. Britains national museum of both modern and contemporary art from around the world.

Even if you’ve visited Tate Modern previously, it’s worth going again as new exhibitions are constantly launching – see the Tate Modern website for full details.

A trip to the Tate Modern is one of the great free things to do in London
The tenth floor of the Tate Modern makes for a great budget alternative to the London Eye allowing you to capture the skyline of London and see how it’s changed over the years.
 

5. Harrods

Remember how I said that many of the greatest iconic London sights and things to do are free, well Harrods is certainly one of them… well… kind of.

A stroll around Harrods is one of the greatest free things to do in London
For over 160 years now, Harrods has been thee luxury shopping destination. Spread over seven floors and featuring over 300 departments dedicated to fashion, food and homeware. Harrods is an absolute must… even if (like me) you’re not that much of a shopper.

If all that shopping is going to make you hungry, choose from one of Harrods 27 restaurants including; Steakhouse, Pizzeria or Oyster bar.

6. Hyde Park

I like to think of Hyde Park as London’s version of the New York City Central Park. Covering over 350 acres and home to over 4,000 trees, a meadow, a lake and an ornamental flower garden it’s easy to forget you’re in central London.

Hyde Park is super functional, whether you’re a local Londoner or just visiting spend the day swimming, cycling and skating your way around and… If that’s not enough entertainment for one day there are also pitches for team games such as tennis, playgrounds for the children and even tracks for horse riding.

All that sport is likely to make you hungry, but of course Hyde Park has that covered with two restaurants – that is if you didn’t bring a long a picnic.  

7. British Museum

The British Museum plays host to over six-million visitors per year, and it’s easy to see why. With World-famous objects spanning over two million years of human history including; the Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone.

In early 2003 the British Museum received a ten million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which allowed the museum to expand it’s innovative outreach, increase public engagement and transform the way it displays and cares for it’s collection.

British Museum is a great free thing to do in London
The museum is free to visit, open daily, and is the leading visitor attraction in the UK, an acclaim it’s held for over nine years.

   

8. Portobello Road Market

You’ll find the Portobello Road Market in the famous Notting Hill. Whilst there’s a street market six days a week, you’ll find the Saturday antiques market to be the most popular.

One of the greatest free things to do in London is visit Portobella Road Market


Since 1870 this narrow two mile road has played host to some highly established independent stores. Whether you fancy a bargain or not visiting Portobello Road Market is an absolute must!  
 

9. Sky Garden

Early in 2015 Sky Garden opened it’s doors for the very first time. Think of it a cross between Centre Parcs and an airport lounge in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city.

155 metres above ground and open 7 days a week, the Sky Garden provides views across London and far beyond. The garden plays host to two bars and two premium restaurants. Whilst this is a free space to visit, but you’ll need to book in advance.

If like me you want to come here for a drink and to take in the views of the London Skyline then it’s important to remember that there’s a baggage scan and a ban on liquids so be sure to drink up and dispose before you visit.    

10. Science Museum

Last, but by no means least we have the Science Museum. Based in South Kensington. It was founded in 1857 and remains as one of the city’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually.

The museum is open from 10am until 6pm daily (with the exception of the 24th – 26th December) and features a host of exhibitions and interactive galleries.

There are also opportunities to take part in additional exhibitions such as the simulator or IMAX experience however these are additional extras and will cost money (the price varies depending on the exhibition to learn more visit the website for the Science Museum)


There you have it, my list of the top ten free things to do in London. Think I’ve missed one? Disagree? As always let me know in the comments what you think. In the meantime don’t forget to check out my 5 free things to do in Leeds.

 
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Travel, Travel, UK
Being a Leeds blogger I'm passionate about my hometown. For that reason I give you... Five free things to do in Leeds

I’m proud to be a Leeds Blogger. I’ve lived in Leeds and the surrounding areas all my life. A fantastic hub of history, entertainment and activity. Leeds makes for the perfect city escape, which is why I’ve put together a super frugal list of five free things to do in Leeds.

 

Just because the following five things to do are free doesn’t mean they’re not fun, entertaining, and educational. In fact, they are all that and more.

 

1. Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is both an educational and entertaining day out for the entire family. It’s no surprise that it’s my number one on my list of free things to do in Leeds.

 

Open daily,from 10am – 5pm (except the 24th, 25th and 26th December) the Royal Armouries is situated south of Leeds city centre at Leeds Dock.

 

Make your way through the six themed galleries to the centrepiece of the museum. Admire over 8,500 items from the National Collection of Arms and Armour before heading to The Hall of Steel. The Hall of Steel features over 2,500 different pieces making it the largest display of arms since the 19th century.

 

If you thought the Royal Armouries was going to be boring, then think again. There are plenty of hands-on experiences to be had with everything from learning how to fire a crossbow to live outdoor shows.

 

The Royal Armouries also plays host to plenty of events such as exhibitions and experiences this is particularly seasonal.

 

2. Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined monastery, set in parkland along the banks of the River Aire. Founded in c.1152 it was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the command of Henry VIII.

 

The abbey is now a Grade I listed building, and after a £5.5 million renovation project became a great free attraction of Leeds. The visitor centre set on the grounds tells you more about the lives of the 12th-century monks and includes a catalogue of images of the abbey from the 18th century to the present day.

 

3. Marks in Time

To celebrate the 100th Birthday of Marks and Spencers in 1984, the company began collecting many historical items from all over the country t0 create the Marks and Spencers Company Archive.

 

Marks and Spencer started in Leeds Kirkgate Market and grew to what is now the most well-known department store in the country. It’s therefore, no surprise that the Marks in Time exhibition at the Marks and Spencers Company Archive is number three on my list of free things to do in Leeds.

 

Since the Marks and Spencers Company Archive started the archive team have worked hard to collect and catalogue all kinds of records of the companies past.

 

Today the archive contains more than 70,000 items from 1884 to the present day including; Documents, reports, letters, speeches, employee magazines, annual reports, photographs, films, clothing, food packaging and other merchandise.

 

4. Roundhay Park

Being Leeds premier park it was only right that Roundhay Park made it onto my list of free things to do in Leeds. Spanning 700 acres and featuring lakes, woodland, specialist gardens and a mansion house. No visit to Leeds is complete without coming here.



 

Roundhay Park is steeped in history. During the 11th century, William the Conqueror granted the lands to Ilbert De Lacy a knight from Normandy for his support during the 1069 – 1070 Harrying of the North. The land was passed through knights and kings until 1871 when the park was put up for sale. It was purchased for £139,000 by a group including the Mayor of Leeds at the time John Barran. Through an Act of Parliament Leeds City Council came to own the park agreeing to pay the same price that it had been purchased for previously and gave the estate to the people of Leeds as a public park.

 

The park offers a multitude of opportunities for recreation including walking and running routes, tennis courts, a golf course, football and cricket pitches, bowling greens, a skate park and a playground. Pack yourself a picnic and you could find yourself spending an entire day here.

 

5. The Tetley

The Tetley Brewery headquarters is an amazing Art Deco building constructed in 1931 as the Main Office Block for an ever-expanding business. Although it has undergone numerous refurbishments over the years, the building still boasts many of its original features.

 

In 2013, The Tetley was reformed into a centre for both contemporary art and learning. Not only does the Tetley play host to contemporary art, it also features The Tetley Collection.

 

If all that wasn’t enough. The Tetley also hosts a large number of events and exhibitions, both as one off’s and as reoccurring classes.

 

Located just a 7-minute walk away from either the Leeds city centre bus or train station The Tetley makes for a perfect free day out in Leeds.


 

If you’re looking for other places to visit, and frugal things to do either in Leeds, the UK or the rest of the world. Then be sure to check out my dedicated travel section of the blog.

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Destinations, Travel, UK

Back in July, I was lucky enough to win a competition for a trip for two to Brighton. For as long as I can remember Brighton has been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit. Finally, I’d been given a reason to go.

 

The terms of the competition meant that I was given £150 towards the cost of the trip. Helen and I booked to visit in August as part of my 24th Birthday celebration. We managed to have a great weekend away for such little money, I figured it was only fair to share how we did it… This is how to visit Brighton on a budget.

All the prices are based on two people sharing, and are correct at the time of publishing.

Travel – £25

We decided that it would be best if we drove to Brighton, the 250-mile trip from Leeds was going to take us around 5 and a half hours including stops and cost around £25 each way (based on 48 miles to the gallon and a price of £1.05 per litre)

Whilst this wasn’t the nicest way to travel (especially for me, the driver) it was the most flexible allowing us to leave our house and leave Brighton at a time that suited us. It also provided us with the flexibility to visit other local attractions easily whilst in Brighton.

Travelling in the car was also the cheapest option. That’s because travelling by train meant going via London and was set to cost around three times as much.

The cost of your travel will vary depending on your location within the UK. 

I’ve included this handy little widget so you can calculate the cost of your journey by car accordingly.

 

Parking – £15

As we travelled by car, an additional cost was parking. The hotel we stayed in didn’t have free parking (down south it’s a struggle to find anywhere that has free parking as part of an overnight stay) which meant that we had to pay £10 per day to park outside the hotel which was owned by Brighton Council.

 

Despite the additional cost here taken into consideration. Travelling by car was still was much cheaper than travelling by train. We probably could have found a cheaper parking space, however as this was a 30-second walk to our hotel. In our opinion it was worth the additional cost.

 

Depending on where you are staying you may want to look at parking at a JustPark location. JustPark is a service I use often when travelling places by car and can often get you a vastly reduced car parking space.

 

Hotel – £120

We stayed in the lovely Five, guest house in Brighton. It was very central and affordable. We paid £240 for three nights for two people (therefore £120 per person) which are certainly at the bottom end of the price list for any form of accommodation in Brighton.

 

That said the price didn’t affect the quality, the room was beautifully quirky, and the husband and wife team we’re always on hand to provide us with directions and advice as to where to visit and when.

Depending on the size and requirements of your party you may want to look at staying in a hostel, Airbnb or hotel. 

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Based on the time of year you’re looking to visit Brighton the prices will vary. We booked to visit in the August holidays (peak season) and paid a premium for this. If you’re looking to visit outside of the school holiday’s then you should easily be able to book two nights for under £70 and three nights for under £100 per person.

 

Food – £20

Food as always is as cheap or as expensive as you make it. For breakfast, we opted for croissants from the local supermarket. For lunch, we took advantage of meal deals in places such as Boots.

 

We also made the most of any gift cards I’d won through competitions over the past couple of months, used loyalty points from our nectar card and traded in some of our Clubcard points to receive vouchers for credit in restaurants etc.

 

Saving money on food on any holiday comes down to research and planning ahead. All of this took around one hour, around two weeks before our trip and saved us around £50 each.

 

There are loads of different places to eat in Brighton so even if you don’t have gift cards or vouchers to take advantage of be sure to look around for offers and deals. Mobile applications such as voucher cloud can often help with this.

 

Attractions – £20

Depending on your interests there are a number of things that you can do whilst in Brighton, whether that be hitting the beach or wandering down the lanes. 

Helen and I opted to visit The Royal Pavilion. Around a 15 minute walk from our hotel, The Royal Pavilion hosts some wonderful architecture and interior decor. We used our student cards to gain access at a discount saving us £6 each.

The Royal Pavilion Garden is a fantastic free thing to do in Brighton
However, Brighton also offers many fantastic and free things to do that are well worth checking out during your ‘Brighton on a Budget’ trip.

 

Souvenirs – £0.00

If you’ve not learnt by now, we don’t buy souvenirs. Instead, we try and make memories where ever we go and put the money we would have spent buying gifts for ourselves and others towards our next trip.

 

This isn’t for everyone, so if you do want to buy souvenirs ensure they are purposeful and meaningful. Shop around for the best deal, and be sure to haggle for a discount wherever possible.


I do hope this guide helps you to plan your very own Brighton on a budget trip. Be sure to leave me a comment below with feedback. 

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