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

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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Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

 
Walk, cycle or ride the Longdendale Trail

Walk, cycle or ride the Longdendale Trail

Cycle, walk or bring a horse...

Location: Glossop, Derbyshire

 
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

 
Enjoy stunning public art at Sculpture in the City

Enjoy stunning public art at Sculpture in the City

Visit the eastern part of the City of London where exciting sculptures from some of the world’s leading artists can be found.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

You don’t have to work up a sweat to follow in the footsteps of one of our greatest romantic poets – it’s actually a very pleasant walk!

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Explore hundreds of years of mining heritage at this unique museum in Northumberland, built from what was once the largest pit village in the world.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

 
Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Let the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides show you the city of Bath with free daily walking tours.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

 
Get under the skin of Brighton & Hove with a free Greet

Get under the skin of Brighton & Hove with a free Greet

Whether you are on your first trip to Brighton & Hove or are a regular visitor, a Greet is a great way to see the city in a new light.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

Discover and explore the natural world from the heart of the city of Bristol, the Hollywood of wildlife film-making.

Location: Bristol

 
Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story tells Titanic’s story from unique Liverpool perspectives, including Captain Smith and the 120 crew with Merseyside links.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
August events: Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

August events: Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

As Europe's largest hot air balloon event, the fiesta includes morning and evening balloon lifts and two nightglow events.

Location: Bristol

 
Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

 
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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