10 great budget hotels for sightseeing

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You don’t need to spend a fortune to spend a weekend exploring some of the UK’s most interesting cities.  Pack an overnight bag, check into one of these no-frills hotels, and you can enjoy the best sightseeing on a budget.

Ibis York
It’s not the most central budget hotel in York, but it’s within sight of the city walls and can be quieter than the Travelodges and more luxurious too. Free parking is sometimes available and that’s a huge bonus in York, although there are only a few spaces on site. It’s right next to the Hotel du Vin (some rooms overlook their gardens) and has a pleasant lounge area.

Premier Inn London City (Monument)
This new Premier Inn ticks all the boxes for a sightseeing trip – great location, good service and comfortable rooms. It’s an easy stroll from St. Paul s and the Embankment, and Blackfriars Tube Station is close by. It’s currently ranking high on tripadvisor and getting great reviews – see here.

Premier Inn Liverpool Albert Dock
Looking for ideas for a cheap weekend away? This Premier Inn is close to all the action in Liverpool, and many rooms have nice views of Albert Docks, where you can visit the Beatles Story exhibition, see a life size Liverbird at the Museum of Liverpool, or check out the Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. If the weather is bad then head to Liverpool One shopping centre, just a short stroll away. In the evening there are plenty of waterside restaurants and bars on your doorstep.
From TripAdvisor – Three days in Liverpool

Premier Inn Stratford on Avon
For those who enjoy a five minute stroll into town by the canal, this is the best of the budget options in Stratford on Avon. It’s quieter than the more central hotels, there’s less traffic, and parking is easier and cheaper too. This property is modern and cheerful, and some of the rooms overlook the waterways too.

Ibis Brighton
This new Ibis hotel is easy suitcase-carrying distance from the rail station, so it makes an ideal short break from London. If you’re driving, ask about parking discounts at the nearby NCP. Then take a short stroll down to the seafront, visit the pier, and enjoy Brighton’s lively nightlife.

Premier Inn London Greenwich
Greenwich may not be the obvious choice as your base for a sightseeing trip to London, but it has lots of advantages. Of course, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory are must-sees, and only a short stroll from this hotel, but you can also take the Thames Clippers riverboat to Canary Wharf, Embankment or even straight to the London Eye pier. In the evening, Greenwich has lots of pleasant pubs and restaurants, and you don’t need to take the Tube to get back to the hotel. Great for a weekend in the capital with plenty of fresh air!

Holiday Inn Express Windsor
A short stroll down leafy avenues takes you from this modern budget hotel to the heart of Windsor. Here you can tour the castle, walk over the bridge to Eton or even catch a train for a short ride into London. There are chic boutiques and plenty of restaurants nearby.

Premier Inn Caernarfon
A waterside hotel with a spectacular Welsh castle close by – what better place for a memorable sightseeing weekend on a budget? Come by car (there’s free parking nearby) and you can explore the picturesque Isle of Anglesey and majestic Snowdonia too.

Premier Inn Edinburgh
Location, location, location! This no-frills hotel is set on Princes Street, overlooking Edinburgh Castle, an enviable setting whatever your budget. TripAdvisor reviews report that the property is surprisingly quiet and the staff is friendly, and it ranks highly amidst over 100 hotels of all price ranges in the city.

Travelodge London Covent Garden
It’s not the prettiest of hotels, but this property is so close to Theatreland, the Strand and Covent Garden, that it is one of our favourites for an affordable weekend in London. Rooms are fairly basic, but you’re not likely to spend much time in them with the wealth of attractions nearby. Note that this hotel has two buildings that are close together but not adjacent (Family rooms are all in the building on High Holburn).