The Frugal Flight Attendant’s Guide to Great Britain

If you’ve ever had a stopover in London, you know that sometimes attractions in Great Britain can be a tad on the pricey side, especially if you’re on a tight flight attendant’s budget. Good old “Blighty” doesn’t have to crush your wallet though.

Take a look at these free (or nearly free) attractions to help you stretch your dollar in Britain.

The British Museum

British Museum Hall

One of the most famous museums in the world — and rightfully so — this London museum houses everything from Egyptian mummies to the famed Rosetta Stone. And like most museums in Britain, entrance is absolutely free.

Queen’s House

Queen s House Greenwich

Okay so maybe it’s not THE Queen’s house (that would be Buckingham Palace of course), but a queen once roamed the halls here. Located in Greenwich, this Queen’s House was built by King James I for his wife Anne of Denmark as a garden villa. Today portraits of kings and queens of days gone by adorn the walls, and a collection of maritime paintings call some of the rooms home. Admission is free.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Located in Hyde Park, the memorial fountain built to honour Princess Diana is a great place to stop and reflect upon the life of the lovely woman that touched the lives of so many.

Beaches

Porthcurno beach in Cornwall

Many folks think of Britain as cold and foggy and wet, but the real truth is many parts of the island enjoy a stellar summer. And since this is an island, you are never more than two hours away from a beach. Some of the more stunning ones are Porthcurno in Cornwall and Gullane located about 20 miles outside of Edinburgh in Scotland. 

Cardiff Summer Festival

Cardiff Summer Festival

If you find yourself in the Welsh capital during the summer months, be sure to check out the Cardiff Summer Festival with plenty of carnivals, and open-air theatre, and a little thing called the Alice Through the Looking Glass parade.

Whatever you choose, with a little pre-planning you can make your stop in Britain an inexpensive one. Indeed.