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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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

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, housed inside one of the city's most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury in Shropshire and discover how it changed the course of English and French history.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 
Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Follow in the footsteps of Romans as you explore the history of the walls that protected the original City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
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

 
Find yourself on a farm in the heart of Nottingham

Find yourself on a farm in the heart of Nottingham

Stonebridge City Farm is a slice of the countryside in the heart of a city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
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

 
Relax with a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax with 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

 
Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

 
July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

July events: 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

 
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

 
Scenic cycling around Bath

Scenic cycling around Bath

Grab your bike and get ready to pedal through the longest cycle tunnel in Europe.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
Trip-trap along the Red Squirrel Trail

Trip-trap along the Red Squirrel Trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 
May events: Learn from food experts at Salcombe Crab Festival

May events: Learn from food experts at Salcombe Crab Festival

Love seafood? Salcombe’s delicious crab celebration should be right at the top of your things to do in Devon list.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Experience Cambridge evensong

Experience Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
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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