Free days out in London

Free Days Out In London


Family days out in London can get expensive, especially when you factor in travel costs and food too.

So to help you enjoy a great time in the capital without breaking the bank, we've put together the top 10 free days out in London.

National Gallery

Situated in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is a great day out for art lovers. Work from some of the world's greatest artists can be seen here, free of charge, including Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

Imperial War Museum

You'll find numerous free museums in London, but once you've explored the main ones, don't miss out on the Imperial War Museum near Elephant and Castle. Kids will love getting up close to a Spitfire and Harrier fighter jet and learning about everything from the First World War to the Holocaust exhibition. There's even a kids' guidebook full of fun activities.

Covent Garden Market

In the heart of London, Covent Garden Market is a great place to simply wander around and enjoy all the different sounds, smells and sights on offer. While you may end up parting with a few pennies if something catches your eye, there's no obligation to spend any money as you while away the time and enjoy the atmosphere.

Little Venice

A tranquil canal area which can transport you from the hustle and bustle of London to somewhere more serene, Little Venice is the ideal spot to walk off your lunch. While walking around the waterways is free, there are also quirky cafes, boat rides and even puppet shows if you want to make more of an event out of your visit.

Vauxhall City Farm

Just a short walk from Vauxhall underground station, the City Farm is a great place for kids to meet some furry friends. Entry is by donation so you can spend as much or as little as you wish, before going nose-to-nose with a whole range of animals, from horses to alpacas, rabbits, goats, pigs and plenty more.

Sky Garden

You'll need to book your slot in advance, but a visit to the Sky Garden is well worth pre-planning. Take in the best view of London, completely free of charge, in the building known as the 'walkie talkie'. There are bars and restaurants too if you want to make an evening of it, but if not, just take the kids during the day and see what sights you can spot across the capital and beyond.

Crystal Palace Park

If you've got kids who love dinosaurs, there's no better place in London than Crystal Palace Park. The park, while also great for a picnic or a game of football, is home to giant dinosaur sculptures. These are not only super cool to spot, but they're also the oldest in the world too.

Watch the Changing of the Guard

Head to Buckingham Palace to see this British institution in action. The ceremony takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11 am and is a great show of pageantry to enjoy outside the gates of the Queen's residence.

Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter fans will be keen to head to King's Cross station, where they can safely pick up their wands and don their Hogwarts robes among friends, despite being in the heart of muggle London. Kids (and adults!) will love having the picture taken under the iconic Platform 9 3/4 sign, as they attempt to push their trolley through the brick wall to meet the Hogwarts Express.

Kensington Gardens

Free to wander around and enjoy the scenery, Kensington Gardens offer something for the whole family. From beautiful landscapes and flowers to the Peter Pan Statue, the Albert Memorial, the Round Pond, the Serpentine Gallery and the Diana Memorial Playground, there's something for everyone to enjoy here.

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