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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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

 
May events: Enjoy blue skies and vintage cars at Magnificent Motors

May events: Enjoy blue skies and vintage cars at Magnificent Motors

Don’t miss out on a visit to Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne’s exciting vintage and classic car motoring event in May.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Explore hundreds of years of mining heritage at this unique museum in Northumberland, built from what was once the largest pit village in the world.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore Earth and space at Liverpool’s World Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Earth and space at Liverpool’s World Museum

Need ideas on things to do when it rains? 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

 
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

 
Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

 
Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

See world-class art for free at the National Park’s ‘Inspired by… gallery’, a haven for contemporary art in the heart of the North York Moors.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics and biplanes, to works of art and stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Bristol

 
Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

If you're looking for a great break that won’t break the bank this summer then Portsmouth is the place to be.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Discover Bristol on a budget city break

Discover Bristol on a budget city break

From Banksy to Brunel, pirates to parks, Bristol on a budget is perfectly possible

Location: Bristol

 
See the changing of the Guards at Windsor

See the changing of the Guards at Windsor

If there’s one essential experience in Windsor, it’s taking in the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. This tradition brings history and the public together.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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