Now that you know the top free things to do in Scotland and free things to do in Ireland, you need some free things to do when you’re traveling to England! England can be an expensive travel destination, so it’s always nice to have some things on your to-do list that can save you a few British pounds! Check out these top 15 free things to do while on your vacation to England.
Top London Attractions
- House of Parliament: Home of the famous clock tower, Big Ben, the House of Parliament has been around since the 19th century and is one of the must-see spots on your trip to London.
- Shakespeare’s Globe: Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates all of Shakespeare’s works and allows visitors to take part in workshops and lectures as well as watch productions. Free to visit, but there’s a cost for entrance into the exhibition and tour.
- Science Museum: The Science Museum in London is a great, free attraction to enjoy with the whole family. Home to an IMAX theater and great exhibits such as ‘Making the Modern World’ and ‘Who Am I,’ this science museum will peak the interest of every visitor.
- Museum of London: This is an award winning museum gives visitors a view into London from the Anglo-Saxon village up until present times. A must see when visiting, especially for the history buffs!
- Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum: This roman fort was reconstructed and now holds a collection of coins, gem stones, pottery, swords, and many other unique objects from different places around the world.
- The British Museum: A museum dedicated to human culture and history, the British Museum’s permanent collection is about 8 million works and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence. The museum was established in 1753 and is now ranked first nationally for the most visited museums.
- The Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace: You can’t visit London without seeing this! But make sure you get there early so you can get a good view!
- National Portrait Gallery: This is quite the exhibit! The National Portrait Gallery dates back to 1856 and provides portraits of many great men in history from artists to rock starts.
Parks & Farms
- Greenwich Park: One of England’s royal parks, Greenwich Park is the oldest of the royal parks and dates back to 1427. From here, you can see great views of the River Thames. Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory and is also a part the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College.
- Richmond Park: The largest of the royal parks, Richmond is home to Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge and is the largest enclosed space in London.
- Mudchute Park & Farm: Home to more than 200 animals, Canary Warf is the largest city farm in Europe and spans across 32 acres.
- Birmingham ArtsFest: This is the biggest free arts festival in the UK that takes place in September. The festival is a giant celebration of all kinds of arts, including music, dance, theater, visual and performance arts, and more. This is a must see if you’re traveling to Britain in September.
- UEFA Champions Festival: This is a festival in London that celebrates football. The festivities include football clinics, competitions, and clinics making it a great free, family activitiy!
- Temple Church: This was used as the English headquarters by the Knights of Templar in the late 12th century. It was damaged during the second world war but has been restored since.
- St. Paul’s Church: Known as the actors church, this came about when Earl of Bedford asked for the simplest possible church back in 1633.
Which of these free things are you putting on your list for your vacation to England?