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I had a brief escape earlier this year. Set off from Cardiff, travelled up north by train in posho class. Spent a weekend in a hotel in Wrexham - I'd wanted to go to Chester, but it turned out it was less than half the price and only a 20-minute £5 train ride away. From there did day trips to Chester and Liverpool. Total spend, including room (4 nights), travel and food: £250. This was on my lonesome, and sharing the room would have knocked around £80 off that total.
The trick was booking it about a month in advance - it was close enough for the medium-range weather forecast to kick in, and far enough for booking time off work not to be an issue, and still left me with a couple of weekends in the window to choose the cheapest.