The UK has a bit of a reputation for being seriously expensive but don’t let that put you off planning a holiday here.
Here’s our guide to the best free things to do during your holiday in the UK:
Sheffield’s Winter Garden is a green oasis in the middle of the ‘Steel City’ and home to some 2,500 plants. Enjoy a wander through one of the largest greenhouses in the UK, big enough to house 5,000 domestic greenhouses, and make the most of the tranquillity. The Winter Garden is arguably the younger sister to the popular Eden Project in Cornwall and best of all, it’s free. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, visit SykesCottages.co.uk for great value holiday accommodation across the UK.
Bath Walking Tour
Join the mass of tourists heading to beautiful Bath and look forward to exploring this Georgian city full of Roman architecture. The city offers a free walking tour twice a day, with extra evening tours during the summer, which leaves from the Roman Baths. Join the knowledgeable and funny Mayor’s Guides on a two hour walking tour of Bath during which you will learn about the city’s iconic architecture, famous former residents and tales of Bath life. The tour comes highly recommended and is a must for your holiday in the UK.
Open Doors Day
Every September towns and cities across the UK open up famous buildings and iconic landmarks to the visiting public for free. Climb the many steps to the top of the tower of Bristol Cathedral and enjoy breathtaking views across the city or marvel at Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s imagination with a tour of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you’re in Oxford for Open Doors Day be sure to visit one of the colleges which have welcomed many of the rich and famous or the former prison which is today an upmarket hotel. This year’s event takes place in mid September and is a great opportunity to explore places which are either hidden to the public or usually charge a hefty entrance fee.
National Football Museum
Where better to get a taste for the national game than in the country which invented it? The National Football Museum in Manchester is a great day out whether you’re a passionate football fan or not with a cinematic introduction to the beautiful game and a players’ hall of fame. Enjoy the various collections which contain old shirts worn by some of the game’s greats, plenty of memorabilia and shelves of silverware.
If there’s anywhere in the UK you would expect to pay pricy admission fees, it would be in London. The good news is that many of the capital’s most famous museums are completely free for visitors including the Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Science Museum and British Museum to name but a few. Come face to face with a giant blue whale in the Natural History Museum; get hands on with exciting exhibits in the Science Museum or gaze at famous paintings in the National Portrait Gallery. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find a free museum to tempt you during your holiday in London.