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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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

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Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics to biplanes, and works of art to stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – whatever your passion.

Location: Bristol

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Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncover history, art and culture at The Collection

Uncovering exciting history, culture and art is easy and affordable at Lincoln’s free museum and gallery.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Join the Knights Templar in the original Temple Church

Enter the English headquarters of the Knights Templar in the 13th Century and immerse yourself in its varied history.

Location: London, Greater London

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Visit world-renowned artefacts on a budget break in Birmingham

Visit world-renowned artefacts on a budget break in Birmingham

Being on a budget break in Birmingham isn't a problem at all as there’s so much to see and do for free.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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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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Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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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

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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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See snapshots from Ryedale’s past at Malton Museum

See snapshots from Ryedale’s past at Malton Museum

See this extensive collection of artefacts brought to life, from Roman times to today.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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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

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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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Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.

Location: Greenwich, London

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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

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Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Eat your way around this flavoursome festival, celebrating one of the UK’s most distinctive foods.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Thanks to its strong royal links, visitors to Winchester can follow in the footsteps of the Tudors with specialist tours and trails.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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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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