Visitors to the UK are frequently amazed that so many of our world class museums have free admission. In times like these, with household budgets under pressure a visit to one of these gems will be both enjoyable and wont break the bank.
Here are just some of the key free attractions to be found around the country:
National Football Museum
The old museum in Preston closed in 2010, the new museum is in the stunning Urbis building in Manchester, the home of two of our leading football clubs. Since opening in 2012, it has welcomed over one million visitors.
The National Railway Museum
The City of York is a beautiful city to visit, walking around the ancient walls, exploring the ancient streets like the Shambles and visiting the magnificent minster, are all good reasons to visit. But for anyone with an interest in railways, The National Railway Museum is the must see attraction, it is home to Mallard, the world record holder for a steam engine and of course to The Flying Scotsman, the first to reach 100 mph, and the most famous locomotive in the world, these though are just the stars, the full supporting cast of other locomotives, ex royal trains and other railway memorabilia makes this a worthwhile day out.
Tel: 0844 815 3139
Email: nr[email protected]
The National Media Museum
Situated right in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, the museum has seven floors of galleries, an extensive collection and research facility, and three cinemas including the UK’s first IMAX theatre.
Tel: 0844 856 3797
Email: [email protected]
The National Museum
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.
0300 111 2 333
National Museum of Scotland,
From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, the galleries contain treasures from around the world.
From meteorites to monsters from the deep, the Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while the World Cultures gallery link people and possessions across the globe. Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in the Scottish galleries, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects in the Window on the World and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in our Discoveries gallery.
0300 123 6789
Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It has been a favourite with Glasgow residents and visitors since it opened in 1901. The museum has 22 themed galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, brought together from across Glasgow Museums’ rich and varied collection, which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance.
0141 276 9599
London and the South East
The National Gallery,
Opened at its prestigious new site in 1838, the National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is open 361 days a year and there are over 2,000 painting in its collection.
020 7747 2885
The Natural History Museum,
Housed in one of London’s most iconic buildings, the museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. It uses its unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. They care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually, the dinosaurs and the blue whale being key attractions.
020 7942 5000
Email via their enquiries form
The Science Museum,
Aerospace, Space, Steam Engines, Medicine, Computing and the Environment are just some of the areas of interest in this famous museum, the Science Museum has attractions for all age groups.
0333 241 4000
The Royal Parks,
London is rightly famous for it’s parks providing breathing and recreation space for both residents and visitors alike. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are an ideal place for picnic after visiting Oxford Street. St James’s Park and Green Park after your visit to Buckingham Palace. Regents Park is slightly to the North whilst Greenwich has a stunning location to the East of London overlooking the river Thames whilst Richmond Park, the largest allows you to picnic in sight of the deer herds.
Midlands and East Anglia
Coventry Transport Museum,
For anyone with any interest in motoring, a visit to this wonderful museum in the home of the British Car industry is an absolute must. The Museum’s collection consists of motor cars, commercial vehicles, cycles and motorcycles. The museum has just completed a £9m major redevelopment, it is justifiably rated as one of the finest motoring museums in the world.
024 7623 4270.
Email via their enquiries form
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum,
The Museum stands in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield, which remained close to Johnson’s heart throughout his life. Best known for his Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the large, imposing house which overlooks Market Square, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784.