Museums and galleries
Many museums and galleries are free to the public. Sometimes these kind of attractions are only free for residents, but it’s worth checking out the rules to see if you can get free or discounted entry. If you live near the capital then it’s worth noting that some of the biggest museums have free admission, including: The British Museum, The Imperial War Museum, The Saatchi Gallery, The Science Museum, Tate Modern, The National Gallery and The V&A Museum. Museums and galleries might not be your thing, but if you don’t take it too seriously, and just try and take in the experience, then there are loads of places you may be able to have a ball without spending a penny.
Walking tours and landmarks
Many cities have free walking tours established. In the City of Bristol for example, with its dynamic street art, there are apps that can help you direct yourself around the cities sidewalk murals.There’s a variety of tour apps for other cities, including the London Official City Guide, and there’s even an Edinburgh audioguide guided by Ian Rankin. Most larger cities have several devoted apps, so it’s worth looking through reviews to find the one best suited to you. Why not use the internet, or a map, and plan ahead, to make sure you know your route? Many major landmarks and statues are in public areas and have no admission fee, so there’s no reason you can’t ‘play the tourist’ in your hometown.
They say that you’re never more than 70 miles from the sea in Britain, no matter where you live. And though for some, the cost of the drive or train itself would stack up, for many, the sea is probably closer than you think. No matter what the weather, the beach can be fun for adults and children alike. If you’re feeling optimistic, you can even take your swimming togs with you! Although even in summer, it’s best to take warm clothes just in case. Pack food to eat for the day too, as well as plenty of drinks, and you could quickly have your own mini vacation without forking out all that money on plane tickets.
Check out the calendar
Many places have free events, or events that you can see without paying an entrance fee. From live music to Chinese New Year celebrations, there’s all sorts of events on throughout the year that you can attend for free if you know where to look. Fireworks and balloon festivals can be a great way to have a free day out- although some such events will cost money. Equally, free sports, arts events of even music events and festivals are sometimes free. This kind of free entry event tends to be especially prevalent in the summer months, and it’s always worth keeping an eye out on local notice boards to find things that you might enjoy without spending a penny.
Picnic in the park
Why not make some sandwiches, grab a blanket, and some soft drinks, pack it all up into the car and have yourself a picnic? Even better, why not leave the car out all together, and just walk down to your local green space? Whether you go by yourself and use the time to read, or you go with the kids in tow too, this can be a great way to spend a day. Make sure you bring the appropriate clothes no matter what the weather, and plenty of things to do, from footballs to playing cards.