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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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

 
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

 
Enjoy family fun in Bath for free

Enjoy family fun in Bath for free

Enjoy a family break in Bath without breaking the bank with some outdoor fun at Bath Sykline’s woodland play area and exploring a top art museum.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
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

 
Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
August events: Notting Hill Carnival

August events: Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

 
Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
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

 
Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Tens of thousands of proud Lancastrians perished in the Great War, whose experiences in the trenches are brought to life at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 
July events: Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

July events: Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

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

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
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

 
Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Winchester’s Tudor and Stuart era is revealed in this beautifully refurbished listed monument, the last of the main medieval gates into the city.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
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

 
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

 
See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

St Annes hosts the spectacular annual Kite Festival, featuring magnificent kites from all over the world.

Location: St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

 
See Famous Works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

See Famous Works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, Exeter's award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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