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.

Free things to do

Free things to do and see

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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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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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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Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the men, women and animals who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

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Save your pennies by exploring Nottingham on two wheels

Save your pennies by exploring Nottingham on two wheels

Enjoy a budget break in Nottingham and hire a bicycle from the Tourism Centre to explore many of the city’s wonderful attractions on two wheels.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

One of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution, Gibson Mill is still a lesson in self-sufficiency, in tranquil surroundings.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour

Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour

Celebrate Bristol's year as European City of Sport 2017 and pedal to your heart’s content along its cycle-friendly routes.

Location: Bristol

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Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

The tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham set the landscape for discovering and watching wildlife at its best.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

See world-class art for free at the National Park’s ‘Inspired by… gallery’, a haven for contemporary art in the heart of the North York Moors.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Come nose to nose with some of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's most delightful residents at Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex.

Location: Nazeing, Essex

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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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Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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A unique and thought-provoking experience

A unique and thought-provoking experience

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

Though bombed in the Second World War, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower remains a beautiful Grade I listed building bursting with City history.

Location: London, Greater London

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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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Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival in the summer is a two-day extravaganza on the banks of the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Wild Swimming in Grassington

Wild Swimming in Grassington

Grassington is an idyllic little Dales market town with a cobbled square, quirky shops and cosy pubs.

Location: Grassignton, North Yorkshire

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