Free things to do and see

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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Feel tiny as you marvel at The Angel of the North

Feel tiny as you marvel at The Angel of the North

This colossal steel angel is the UK’s best-known piece of public art, and an unforgettable site to visit.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Hull’s annual festival, Freedom, features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Enjoy the energy of the South Tyneside Festival

Enjoy the energy of the South Tyneside Festival

This eclectic summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seafront resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Savour the wilds of the UK’s first national park

Relish windswept moors, ancient woodland, towering rock faces and rolling dales in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

If you're looking for a great break that won’t break the bank this summer then Portsmouth is the place to be.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Discover the history of Hertford Castle

Discover the history of Hertford Castle

As part of National Heritage Weekend, Hertford Castle will open its doors to the public free of charge.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

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Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

What better way to really get to know Portsmouth than being greeted by one of the city's passionate and proud Portsmouth Greeters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Journey back to the stormy waters of the North Sea at the height of the Cod Wars on the only trawler accessible to the public.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Looking for an immersive and cheap experience? Use mobile technology to delve into the past with Lincoln’s free digital Roman Trail app.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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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

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Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury in Shropshire and discover how it changed the course of English and French history.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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

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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

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Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival whist on a budget break in London.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

From archaeology to earrings – discover a rich and colourful history in the heart of Skipton.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

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Find yourself down on the farm in the heart of Nottingham

Find yourself down on the farm in the heart of Nottingham

Stonebridge City Farm is a slice of the country in the heart of the city centre, open every day and free to visitors.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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