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 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

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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

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Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

The Great Promenade Show is a series of outdoor art installations set on the 2km sea defences along Blackpool's South Shore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Go snowdrop spotting in Wiltshire

Go snowdrop spotting in Wiltshire

Discover snowdrops and more as you wander through the grounds of the pretty Lydiard Park this winter.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

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Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Head to the Birmingham Weekender this September, where the city centre will be bought to life with music, dance, theatre, art, literature, food and fashion.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

Harness the power of the landscape at Gibson Mill

One of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution, Gibson Mill is still a lesson in self-sufficiency, in tranquil surroundings.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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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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Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Monkwearmouth Station Museum has received national commendations for work with young children and provides fun and education for the whole family.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Head to Liverpool for an exciting day out at the Merseyside Maritime Museum which is a treasure trove of history and mechanical invention.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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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

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Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

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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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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

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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

The tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham set the landscape for discovering and watching wildlife at its best.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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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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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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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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