10 Best Free Attractions In London

Natural History Museum

Some of the best museums in the capital are free to visit and this is no exception. The famous complete diplodocus skeleton greets visitors in the foyer, and the museum proper is chock-full of all things nature from pickled Darwin specimens to a wonderful wildlife garden (open April-September).

The Tate Modern

While any special exhibits on display here attract an entry fee there is a permanent collection of over 60,000 works open year round, including exhibits from household names such as Warhol and Matisse.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Some of the most famous historical landmark buildings in the world are situated in London and all are free to observe. The Houses of Commons and Lords and the Big Ben clock tower are wonderful displays of neo-Gothic architecture.

Hyde Park

The best-known green space in London, Hyde Park and the adjoining St James’ Park are the perfect places to get away from the madding crowd and enjoy a moment’s peace in beautiful surroundings. Check out the Diana Memorial Garden and the magical Peter Pan statue in the adjacent Kensington Gardens before you head back out into the city centre.

Trafalgar Square

Just like the children in Mary Poppins you too can feed the birds in Trafalgar Square. Although buying bird feed on site now costs a little more than tuppence a bag the square itself is free to visit. Nelson’s Column is the star attraction here, apart from the pigeons of course!

Westminster Abbey

The wedding church of choice for the Royal Family, Westminster Abbey asks only for a voluntary donation to help with the upkeep of this magnificent building. Whether you want to offer up a prayer or simply explore the cavernous Gothic interior Westminster Abbey is well worth a visit.

Science Museum

Right next door to the Natural History Museum is the Science Museum, a must-see for those with children in tow. The hands-on exhibits encourage learning in a fun and informative way for all ages.

Abbey Road

For all Beatles fans a visit to the iconic zebra crossing on Abbey Road is a must. Take three friends along and recreate the famous album cover, then check out the recording studio where it was actually made and produced.

Crystal Palace Park Farm

An oasis of nature in the middle of a bustling metropolis, this little farm is an ideal location for a day out with the children. See Shetland ponies, alpacas, chinchillas, lizards and more, and learn about animal welfare and the best ways to care for pets and farm animals alike as you tour the farm.

Horse Guards Parade at Buckingham Palace

Twice daily the horse guards perform a ceremonial parade down The Mall. This impressive display is completely free to watch, and you can check out the royal residence while you are there.

Although London is known for being pricier than almost anywhere else in the UK there are so many free things to see and do that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Get yourself bedded down on a budget hotel mattress and enjoy the nation’s capital without breaking the bank.

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