10 Free Things To Do In Britain (Part 1)

Apr 26, 2018

Britain, and especially London, is sometimes unfairly criticised for being expensive. however it doesn’t need to be the case, so let us help you to plan your next vacation and save you money along the way.

1. View museums and galleries

Try former brewery The Tetley for modern art in Leeds, or for something tangier, Colman's Mustard Museum in Norwich. There's also the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool in... Liverpool (unsurprisingly) and hundreds more.

2. Visit famous churches

Consider the Romanesque splendour of Durham Cathedral in north east England, or, in December, King's College Chapel's famous Christmas Eve carol service in Cambridge. Start queuing before 9am to guarantee entry.

3. Attend BBC shows

Tickets to BBC shows in London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Belfast and other cities are free. Check http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/ for the latest availability.

4. View the London skyline

The famous enlarged glass dome of Sky Garden is dedicated to three storeys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and London’s most exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open air terrace. A limited number of tickets are available each day, so book in advance.

5. Eat at food festivals

Hungry? Entry to August's Clitheroe Food Festival in north west England is gratis, as are its demos and near-limitless sampling nibbles.

6. Go to the beach

Ninety minutes' drive west of Cardiff, Wales's Rhossili Bay is a regular in charts of the world's best beaches.

7. Climb Ben Nevis


Ben Nevis is the UK's highest mountain that can be climbed in approximately four hours. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level in the Scottish Highlands, it is close to the town of Fort William. The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year.

8. Look out for common blues and rare marsh fritillaries

The marshy meadows Dunsdon Nature Reserve in south west England attract hosts of butterflies, particularly in May and June.

9.  Participate in geocaching

A fun and modern form of treasure-hunting, geocaching necessitates only a GPS device (i.e. your phone) and some common sense. Themed trails can act as an introduction to scenic British spots - for example, the Brecon Beacons Collection in eastern Wales.

10. View famous monuments

There's no charge for staring at the Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge chalk sculpture in Dorset, south England, and one of Britain's finest man-made landmarks. Nor at Hadrian's Wall, which spans the length of far north England.


To help you plan your next British vacation, British Vacation Rentals have created a new 2018 Discover Great Britain travel guide. This contains new travel ideas for 2018 as well as money saving tips. To obtain the free guide click here.