101 Free Things to do in Britain

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      1. British Museum – The best Museum in London. Plan a whole day here.
      2. National Museum Cardiff – Dedciated to Welsh History and Culture
      3. St Fagans: National History Museum – An open-air museum in Cardiff chronicling the historical lifestyle, culture and architecture of the Welsh people
      4. National Gallery – Some of history’s best art for free.
      5. Trafalgar Square – Go see Nelson and people-watch as London goes by.
      6. Walk through Hyde Park – No trip to London is complete without a walk through Hyde Park.
      7. Covent Garden – Explore the old market, watch street performers, hear musicians. Plenty of free fun to be had in Covent Garden!
      8. Tate Modern – Some of the art is questionable, but the building is amazing in itself and worth a visit alone.
      9. Museum of Science & Industry Manchester – A large museum devoted to the development of science, technology, and industry with emphasis on the city’s achievements in these fields
      10. Evensong Church Service – You have to pay admission to get into most of London’s cathedrals, but if you go to evensong service  you can get in for free.
      11. Ulster Museum – Located in Belfast – it features many wonderful exhibitions on Northern Irish history.
      12. Cross Tower Bridge – It’s a free thrill for all tourists to cross the bridge! Wait around, and you might even see it open and close.
      13. National Maritime Museum – Explore Britain Royal Navy’s history.
      14. Walk through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel – Cross one of the oldest tunnels under the Thames – get off a the DLR stop King George V and walk to the entrance.
      15. Pollocks Toy Museum – Toys from around the world – great place for the kids!
      16. Imperial War Museum – See Britain’s Military History in all its glory.
      17. Imperial War Museum North – Located in Manchester this is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum, the museum explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society.
      18. Borough Market – Explore one of London’s coolest markets!
      19. National Railway Museum – In York – dedicated to Britain rich Rail History
      20. The National Railway Museum at Shildon – A Branch of the National Railway Museum in Durham
      21. Museum of London – Fun look at the history of London.
      22. National Portrait Gallery – Might not interest everyone as it’s pictures of aristocracy through the ages.
      23. Natural History Museum – One of the world’s finest natural history museums. Check out the Darwin Centre!
      24. Victoria and Albert Museum – A strange hodge-podge museum that provides an interesting insight into Britain’s cultural heritage.
      25. Science Museum – Who doesn’t like science? Kids will love it!
      26. Tate Britain – Like the National Gallery, it’s home to some beautiful art.
      27. Guildhall Art Gallery – Collection of art collected by the Corporation of London.
      28. Bank of England Museum – Take a look at the monetary history of the world.
      29. Changing of the Guard – It’s a tourist trap, but always fun to see on a sunny day. Every day in the summer at 11:30. Arrive early.
      30. Kenwood House – Lovely stately home located in Hampstead Heath.
      31. Geffrye Museum – Period rooms museum from 1600 to today.
      32. Royal Air Force Museum – See the history of Britain’s flying aces.
      33. St James’ Park – One of London’s fine Royal Parks.
      34. Scottish National Gallery – Like the National Gallery in London except it’s in Scotland (art is not necessarily related to Scotland)
      35. National Media Museum – Located in West Yorkshire – it’s dedicated to Britain’s media heritage.
      36. Museum of Liverpool – A new museum in Liverpool dedicated to it’s history and impact on the world.
      37. Princess Diana Memorial – Located in Hyde Park, you can pay your respects to Princess Di.
      38. National Museum of Scotland – A musuem in Edinburgh dedicated to Scotland’s rich history and culture
      39. Speaker’s Corner – Arrive on a Sunday morning, and watch the colorful characters gathered to speak about anything.
      40. Leicester Square – Relax in the park in the middle or admire the glitzy lights of this tourist haven.
      41. National Football Museum –
      42. Museum of London Docklands – A lesser known London, but cool none the less. You can explore London’s maritime shipping history.
      43. Lunch Concerts at St. Martin in the Fields – Enjoy lunch in the Crypt at St. Martin in the Fields, and also enjoy free concerts every day.
      44. Watch a TV Show Recorded at the BBC – It’s free to be in the studio audience of a show as it’s being recorded.
      45. View London from Primrose Hill – Admire the view from London’s Primrose Hill.
      46. Hunterian Museum – See a unique collection of animal specimens kept in jars.
      47. Foundling Museum –  Britain’s original home for abandoned children and London’s first ever public art gallery.
      48. Peter Pan Statue – Check out the statue of the literary classic located in Kensington Gardens.
      49. Museum of Childhood – Dedicated to the history of childhood.
      50. Touch the Roman Wall – Throughout the city of London you’ll see traces of the original Roman Wall fortification. There’s large pieces around the Museum of London.
      51. Walk Across Hampstead Heath – Beautiful park in London that provides lovely views of metropolitan London.
      52. Visit Regent’s Park – Another great Royal Park, and there’s a zoo!
      53. Visit Platform 9 3/4 – Doesn’t really exist, of course, but station authorities have set up a fake entrance for Harry Potter fans at King’s Cross Station.
      54. Visit St Pancras International – Admire this beautiful station, watch Eurostar trains arrive and depart, and visit the statue of the couple kissing.
      55. Walk along the South Bank – Walk from Waterloo Bridge to the Tate Modern, and see a huge part of London.
      56. Walk through Richmond Park – Another lovely park.
      57. Changing of the Guard in Windsor – If you happen to be in Windsor, there’s a changing of the guard there as well.
      58. Abbey Road Crosswalk – Become a traffic hazard, and have your own Beatles pictures taken.
      59. Postman’s Park – The square from the movie “Closer” where memorials are dedicated to people who died saving Londoners.
      60. Explore Blue Plaques – Look closely on old buildings, and you’ll see lots of blue plaques, which offer some history about famous people who lived there.
      61. Visit the Cenotaph – Pay respects to Britain’s memorials to the two World Wars.
      62. Picnic in Battersea Park – Lovely riverside park with views of the Thames.
      63. Cross the Jubilee Bridge – Cross the Thames at Embankment on this beautiful bridge.
      64. Cross the Millennium Bridge – Best way to cross from the Tate Modern to St Paul’s or vice verse.
      65. See the Roosevelt & Churchill Statue – Located in Bond Street, see the two great world leaders as friends.
      66. See the Churchill Statue – Located in Parliament Square.
      67. See the Lincoln Statue – Statue of the American president located in Parliament Square. The only one to have such an honor.
      68. Free WiFi in the Apple Stores – Need wifi or access to the web? Then stop in the Apple Stores in Covent Garden or Regent Street and recharge your Internet batteries.
      69. Get Photographed in a Red Phone Box – Nothing more touristy or more awesome than a picture in a red phone box.
      70. Visit the National Army Museum – Discover the history of Britain’s armed forces.
      71. Visit Russell Square – Quiet little green park in the middle of bustling London right around the corner from the British Museum.
      72. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum – Excavated Roman remains, stunning reconstructions of original buildings and finds discovered at the Fort combine to give a unique insight into life in Roman Britain.
      73. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography. The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world.
      74. Cerne Abbas Giant – A huge outline sculpted into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas representing a naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant. Public perceptions are wide-ranging, is he smutty, humorous or offensive?
      75. The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland – Steeped in Legend which has it that Giant’s used it to cross to Ireland.
      76. Great North Museum: Hancock – Highlights of this award winning museum include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and much more.
      77. Hadrian’s Wall – The ancient Roman Wall that runs across Northern England
      78. Houghton House, Bedfordshire – Romantic Ruin of a great stately home.
      79. International Slavery Museum – Liverpool – A pretty grisley topic for a musuem but sure to be interesting.
      80. Laycock Village – A Wiltshire village that’s famous for being featured in Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Cranford and much more!
      81. Letocetum Roman Baths and Museum – Explore the remains of this once important Roman staging post, including ‘mansio’ (Roman inn) and bathhouse.
      82. The National Slate Museum – Museum in Wales dedicated to the Welsh slate industry.
      83. The National Wool Museum – A museum in Wales dedicated to the Wool industry
      84. The Old House, Hereford – The Old House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. It is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct.
      85. Whipsnade Tree Cathedral – This incredible tree cathedral was created after the First World War in a spirit of ‘faith, hope and reconciliation’.
      86. Woolwich Ferry – The Woolwich ferry is a free service operating between Woolwich and North Woolwich, linking the north and south circular roads across the Thames.
      87. Yorkshire Sculpture Park – This is an outdoor catalog of 20th and 21st century British sculpture that covers over 500 acres of rolling countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
      88. State Opening of Parliament – See traditions that go back thousands of years and glimpse the Queen as she opens the new session of Parliament.
      89. Free Concerts at Wales Millenium Centre – Check their schedule for frequent free concerts.
      90. See the Angel of the North – Check out Anthony Gormley’s iconic statue near Newcastle.
      91. Walk the Southwest Coast Path – You don’t need to walk the whole path to experience Britain’s breathtaking coastline.
      92. Visit Chesil Beach – Check out this iconic and strange geological formation in Dorset.
      93. Jurassic Coast – Glimpse fossils and rock formations in the rocks of Dorset’s Coast.
      94. Visit Gold Hill – Check out the iconic ‘Hovis’ Gold Hill as seen in the bread adverts.
      95. Tate St. Ives – The St. Ives Branch of the Tate Art Museum Group.
      96. Visit Sherwood Forset – Explore the haunt of Robin Hood and see the famous tree that bears his name.
      97. The Bristol & Bath Railway Path – The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is a 21 km long traffic-free route along a disused railway path between Bristol and Bath, perfect for a family day out.
      98. Iron Bridge Gorge – See the iconic Bridge that ignited the industrial revolution. Access to the bridge is free but there are paid attractions there.
      99. Maiden Castle, Dorset – This colossal Iron Age hill fort – the largest in Britain – is one of the many unmanned and free sites managed by English Heritage.
      100. The Winter Garden, Sheffield – A vast temperate glasshouse in the centre of Sheffield, containing more than 2,500 plants from around the world.
      101. Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds – Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, including artillery.

 

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  1. The Wirral Way on the Wirral Peninsular. Spectacular views and ancient sites. Many walks of long or short duration along the coast and through picturesque villages and towns eg: Bidston Hill, Little Puddington, Barnston, Heswall Beach, St.Mary’s Church, Woodside Ferry, Hamilton Square,Thurstaston , West Kirby, Hilbre Island and the seals.

  2. Birmingham Museuem and Art Gallery. BMAG is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art, as well as extensive collections of fine and applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

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