Looking for a more affordable way to get away? Staying in a B&B offers all the comforts of a hotel at a fraction of the price, with plenty of added benefits thrown in. BedandBreakfastworld.com is here to show that compromising on price doesn't have to mean compromising on quality, with a selection of our top cheap bed and breakfasts in some of the most popular destinations in UK and Ireland.
Find a Cheap Bed and Breakfast in UK
Despite being a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, there is still enough in London that can be described as 'quintessentially British' to satisfy the millions of visitors who flock there every year, not least the iconic structures of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
Making the most of the capital's shops, restaurants, theatres, bars and galleries doesn't come cheap, however; London is famous for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Luckily, BedandBreakfastworld.com is at hand to help you find affordable London accommodation.
The Windmill B&B is a friendly establishment located in North West London. All rooms have been recently refurbished and are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, wireless internet access and digital television. Breakfast is included in the rates and the pub below offers a fabulous gastropub menu and a great beer garden.
Although Edinburgh receives most of its visitors during August for the world-famous fringe festival and then again in December for the Hogmanay celebrations, it is a beautiful city to visit at any time of year. The city perches almost precariously on a landscape of rocky hills, but once you reach the top the view alone makes it worth the climb.
Whether strolling past the medieval turrets of the Royal Mile or scurrying through the underground vaults on a ghost tour, Edinburgh has an atmosphere which can't be found anywhere else.
Set in an elegant Victorian townhouse, Glenallan provides all the modern comforts while still retaining all the charm of the building's original features. Situated just a mile from the heart of Edinburgh, the guesthouse makes the ideal base for exploring all of the city's sights and sounds as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, and staff are more than happy to help you arrange day trips to Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.
Britain's ultimate seaside resort welcomes an estimated 16 million visitors each year, drawn by the bright lights of the Blackpool Illuminations and the dizzying highs and lows of the Pleasure Beach. A celebration of the kitsch and the camp, it is the favourite destination of hordes of stag dos and hen nights every weekend. Try as you might, you won't be able to resist getting into the holiday mood.
What better way to recover from playing all day and partying all night than with a full English breakfast at Argon House, a cosy, family-run bed and breakfast located within walking distance of Blackpool Tower and the beach. Offering a spot of true Lancashire hospitality, single, double, triple and quad rooms are available, and the friendly owners invite guests to start off the night by sharing a drink with them at the bar.
York is a treasure trove of English history and culture enclosed by stone city walls dating back to the 13th century. Rising majestically from its heart is York Minster, one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in the world, and in the web of narrow, medieval streets known as the Shambles, the city's history can be traced back to Viking and even Roman times.
Holmlea Guesthouse is situated in a pleasant residential area within walking distance of all of York's main attractions, including York Minster, the Shambles and the Jorvik Centre. All the well-appointed guestrooms are light and airy with private bathrooms, and some even have elegant four-poster beds. A complimentary continental breakfast is served to guests in their rooms every morning.
Whenever the sun shines, crowds flock to Bournemouth's seven miles of award-winning golden coastline. However, Bournemouth is far more than just another seaside resort; the city has a thriving student population and has bars, restaurants and shops to rival many other cities in the UK. An interesting fact: in 2007, a survey found Bournemouth to be the happiest place in Britain.
Ingledene Guest House is a small, family-run property offering affordable accommodation in a range of tastefully decorated en-suite rooms. Overlooking Knyveton Gardens, Ingledene enjoys a prime location just 500 metres from the beach and a couple of minutes' walk from the main train station and the city centre.
At the extreme west of the country, ever-popular Cornwall is known for its sandy beaches and sunny weather, and Newquay is England's undisputed surf capital. This small town's resident population of 22,000 regularly swells to 100,000 during the summer months, with an influx of students on post-exam celebrations, stags and hens, and, of course, surfers.
Waves B&B is a small, family-run bed and breakfast offering comfortable accommodation at competitive prices and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Singles, doubles, twins and 4-bed rooms are available, all equipped with televisions and tea-making facilities. The B&B is close to all the main attractions in Newquay, including shops, restaurants, bars and, of course, beaches.
Find a Cheap Bed and Breakfast in Ireland
The huge economic growth which Ireland has enjoyed over the last decade has attracted people from all over the world to seek their fortune in the Emerald Isle, turning Dublin into a modern, vibrant and multicultural city. All this does not detract from the essentially Irish feel of the place, however, and it's more than just the shows of traditional music and dancing put on for tourists every night in Temple Bar. It's the locals themselves who give Dublin that certain something; usually grumbling about the weather on the outside they remain ever optimistic on the inside and are always willing to share the craic with visitors to their city.
Set in an elegant row of Edwardian houses in a peaceful, residential area to the north of the city, Egan's House has been named one of the best B&Bs in Dublin by Fáilte Ireland. The 32 guestrooms in this 3-star property are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, wireless internet access, telephones and televisions, and a wide selection of breakfast choices are included in the rates.
An artistic and bohemian city, Galway is known as the cultural heart of Ireland, and is famous worldwide for its entertainment scene. The lively traditional music scene spills out of the brightly painted pubs and on to the cobbled streets, where you can see fiddles, banjos, harps, bagpipes, tin whistles, guitars and bodhráns being played to varying levels of ability. Galway is home to the famous Galway Races and the Galway Arts Festival, and is currently the fastest-growing city in Ireland.
Situated just a 10-minute walk from Salthill and Galway's beautiful beaches, Amber Hill offers luxury B&B accommodation in stylish, well-appointed guest rooms. Spacious en-suite doubles, twins and family rooms are available, all featuring televisions, DVD players and tea/coffee-making facilities, and a tasty continental or full Irish breakfast is served every morning in the cosy dining room. Amber Hill's location is ideal for exploring the Connemara and Clifden areas of County Galway, while still being just a 5-minute drive from the city centre and all it has to offer.
The city of Cork finds itself centred around a narrow island located close to the mouth of the River Lee in the south of Ireland. Often referred to by locals as the 'People's Republic of Cork', the city is dismissive of Dublin's claim to superiority and has worked hard to develop a cultural reputation to rival that of the capital, with a vibrant arts and music scene and an ever-growing list of excellent restaurants. Cork is a crowded mix of elegant Georgian parades, narrow 17th-century alleyways and impressive contemporary structures, such as the striking modernistic façade of the opera house.
Located just outside the city centre in the historic Summerhill area is Gabriel House, a large guesthouse with spacious, well-appointed rooms. Surrounded by private gardens, Gabriel House retains a peaceful atmosphere, despite its central location, and most of the guestrooms enjoy impressive views over the spires of Cork's churches and cathedrals to the harbour or the surrounding countryside. A continental breakfast is included in the rates, although the full Irish also comes highly recommended.
Killarney has been a popular tourist destination for over 250 years, thanks to its picture-perfect setting, large number of excellent pubs and restaurants and traditional Irish atmosphere. The town is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland; lakes, waterfalls, woodland and moors are all overlooked by mountainous peaks over 1000 metres high.
In keeping with the picturesque charm of Killarney is Woodlawn House, a luxury B&B set in an elegant family home. Located in a leafy residential area close to the centre of town, Woodlawn House is just a stone's throw from some of Kerry's most spectacular scenery, including the Lakes of Killarney, Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. As well as providing an exceptional standard of accommodation, Woodlawn House also has a Tranquility Suite where professional therapists offer a range of holistic and beauty treatments.Book a cheap B&B in Killarney
Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Tralee is the gateway to the Dingle Way , a popular hiking trail which circles the Dingle Peninsula, passing through a dramatic scenery comprising sandstone mountains, high cliffs, farmland and sandy coves. The town of Tralee itself has a lively atmosphere with plenty of friendly pubs and attractions including the Kerry County Museum and Siamsa Tíre, Ireland's National Folk Theatre.
Ard na Coille is a friendly, family-run B&B situated in a peaceful wooded cul-de-sac just 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Tralee. All the comfortable guestrooms are light and spacious with fully equipped en-suite bathrooms featuring power showers. A selection of freshly cooked breakfasts are included in the price, and the owners are waiting with a cup of tea to welcome you into their home.
Also located on the west coast of Ireland is Westport, a charming town set on the edge of Clew Bay in County Mayo. Westport is one of the few planned towns in Ireland, designed by James Wyatt in 1780. The gracious town centre was constructed in the Georgian architectural style, and picturesque features include The Mall, a wide, tree-lined promenade, and the many stone bridges crossing the Carrowbeg River.
Overlooked by the impressive Croagh Patrick is Abbey Court B&B. Located in a pleasant residential area within walking distance of the town centre, this friendly bed and breakfast makes the ideal place for a relaxing stay, and has been approved by the Irish Tourist Board. All rooms have private bathrooms and amenities include secure parking, a guest lounge and a garden.
* Please note, prices shown are per person per night and were correct at time of writing.
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By: Eleanor Brown