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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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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Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival in July is a two-day extravaganza on the banks of the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Journey back to the stormy waters of the North Sea at the height of the Cod Wars on the only trawler accessible to the public.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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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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Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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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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

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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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Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Discover 1,000 years of history at Chester Cathedral

Discover 1,000 years of history at Chester Cathedral

Journey through hundreds of years of history and discover hidden spaces as you climb to the top of the cathedral tower.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Looking for an immersive and cheap experience? Use mobile technology to delve into the past with Lincoln’s free digital Roman Trail app.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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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

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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

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Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

Take the time to admire the beauty of Wren's St Brides Church, both inside and out.

Location: London, Greater London

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Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Beautiful and intriguing, these natural installations interpret the distinctive nature of six different landscapes that form The National Forest area.

Location: Multiple locations, The National Forest

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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

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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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Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

There’s something special about being close to a bird of prey; those round watchful eyes on high alert, fixing you with a dominating stare.

Location: Rosliston, Derbyshire

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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

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