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An Office for National Statistics study has revealed that people in the UK are changing the way they holiday. Figures show that an increasing number of tourists are choosing to go on shorter breaks rather than traditional two-week getaways. Shifting tourism habits are excellent news for our cities, with many UK cities and major towns the first port of call for holidaymakers hungry for a great staycation.

City breaks may be popular but they aren’t cheap. With the right knowledge, however, you can explore the best and biggest UK cities – including Cambridge – on a shoestring budget. Read on, to discover our top ways to save money on your city break.

Travel mid-week

City breaks don’t have to be reserved for the weekend. Cities are fun and interesting places to explore whatever day it is. Monica Stott from The Travel Hack reveals why travelling mid-week could also be a route to big cash savings:

“If you’re lucky enough to have a flexible working environment, why not move your weekend break from Friday-Sunday to Sunday-Tuesday? Most destinations will be much quieter, making everything cheaper. Flights will be your biggest saving but hotels, restaurants, shows and other activities will also have big discounts for midweek guests.”

Explore on foot

Public transport can get expensive, especially if you’re travelling around the city by taxi on a regular basis. The best things a city has to offer can be discovered on foot, whether seeing them is a part of your itinerary or a welcome surprise. Most UK cities can be explored easily on foot, with Cambridge’s compact city centre particularly walker-friendly.

Enjoy the freebies

Food, drink, paid attractions, and entertainment can sometimes be expensive in the city. Most cities do have a number of free attractions that will help you stay bang on a budget though. Cambridge is packed with these brilliant freebies – meaning you can enjoy a full and fun-filled itinerary without parting with a penny.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, King’s College Chapel Evensong, Trinity College’s Wren Library, and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences are just a small selection of free attractions in the heart of the city. 

In addition, there’s also a long list of sights to see and places of interest to explore. With beautiful weather, enjoying a picnic by the River Cam is a must and relatively inexpensive too. 

Citystay guests can add another freebie to their itinerary. We offer free punting to everyone who stays in one of our serviced apartments. Punting is one of the best-loved activities in Cambridge and allows you to fully experience the city of Cambridge in style. 

Go serviced

Book accommodation that is affordable and luxurious by choosing a serviced apartment for your Cambridge city break. Serviced apartments deliver the very best of both worlds, providing home-like surroundings with hotel-style perks. By choosing our responsible serviced accommodation, you can enjoy space, privacy, flexibility, convenience, and a central location for the best possible price.

The Dales and Midsummer Mews are just two of the serviced apartment developments in our portfolio. Take a closer look at all our serviced apartments online, book direct, or contact our team for further details.