Free things to do

There are few places in the world offering more for eager culture vultures hunting for free things to do. Free museums and art galleries sit on top of the list. For the more outdoor-minded, grab a map from the local tourist office or visitor centre and go on a treasure hunt through town or countryside. Farmers’ markets offer a vivid tableau of community life, and often encourage you to taste free samples. See window shopping in a new light. The displays are often works of art in their own right and the architecture and design of some of the most famous shopping emporiums in the world is breathtakingly impressive.

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Take a longer look at London with the City Visitor Trail

Take a longer look at London with the City Visitor Trail

Make the most of your time in London - no matter how long you have - with the main trail and its side tracks you'll have plenty to do and more.

Location: London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Rest your feet and enjoy your picnic whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire coast.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Free
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Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

There’s something special about being close to a bird of prey; those round watchful eyes on high alert, fixing you with a dominating stare.

Location: Rosliston, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands
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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Discover West Bay and soak up the setting that helped inspire TV’s Broadchurch.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

Free
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Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Free
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Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Take the time to admire the beauty of Wren's St Brides Church, both inside and out.

Location: London, Greater London

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Visit the British Museum for free and see the famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in Egypt in around 196 BC and key in the deciphering of hieroglyphs.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Beautiful and intriguing, these natural installations interpret the distinctive nature of six different landscapes that form The National Forest area.

Location: Multiple locations, The National Forest

Forests and woodlands
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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

On the edge of Nottingham but a world away, Attenborough Nature Reserve is perfect for enjoying a picnic whilst surrounded by nature’s inhabitants.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

Come and meet wigeons, smews and 'laughing frogs'.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

Free
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Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Monkwearmouth Station Museum has received national commendations for work with young children and provides fun and education for the whole family.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Explore the City’s history at the Museum of London

Explore the City’s history at the Museum of London

Discover how London changed as Romans gave way to Saxons, wonder at medieval London, and lose yourself in the intrigue of war, plague and fire.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial heritage and folk music in Northumberland.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Changing of the Guards at Windsor

Changing of the Guards at Windsor

An essential experience when visiting Windsor.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Royal
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Check out Banksy's art in Bristol

Check out Banksy's art in Bristol

Home to Banksy and more, Bristol is a mecca for street art and graffiti in the UK.

Location: Bristol

Outdoor art and sculpture
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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

Stretch your and their legs in the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Free

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