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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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Explore galleries featuring toys, film, craft, local history and paintings on a visit to Hove Museum and Art Gallery.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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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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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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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

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Discover Staffordshire’s hoard of free and cheap activities and attractions

Discover Staffordshire’s hoard of free and cheap activities and attractions

Explore Stoke-on-Trent’s free attractions and activities for a cheap weekend break in the heart of England that’s filled with family fun.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Grab your bike and head to Norfolk for the perfect cycling break with a royal twist.

Location: Norfolk

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Admire the iconic architectural landmarks of the City

Explore the fusion of historical and modern architecture in the ever-evolving City of London.

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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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

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Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Wander the medieval passageways & get lost in the City

Navigate your way through the intriguing streets of the old City and embrace its quirky nature.

Location: London, Greater London

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Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

This free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and with four stages spread over three different areas, there will be something for everyone.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, surrounded by beautiful neo-Gothic architecture.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival celebrates the town’s quirky and distinctive arts scene, with a reputation for delivering big names in a local setting.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Discover England’s only city centre working windmill, whose sails are an unmissable sight on Nottingham’s skyline.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

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

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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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