Free things to do around London

Really, free things in London?

As London is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world and also our wonderful capital, it is an obvious choice for a destination with the children. But with so much to see and do, your trip can easily be a budget-breaker. There are however, quite a few well known, world-famous attractions that are free in London and definitely worth a visit. There’s the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, watching the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade, the Imperial War Museum, the V&A museum of Childhood and the wonderful Science Museum on Exhibition Road.

Trafalgar Square fountain

Take a hike, that’s free!

London is a great city for walking, and on your travels you will see amazing architecure and landmarks at no cost! Visit Trafalgar Square for free, plus view Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge from the outside without having to fork out money, just do a bit of walking! If you want to see inside the Palace or climb the bridge, there is an entrance change.

Millennium Bridge

Harry Potter landmarks for free

As soon as your kids see it they will call it the Harry Potter bridge from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It’s free to cross as many times as you like! It’s really the Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, and is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames, linking Bankside with the City of London. It is located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge.

End up on Bankside and you can walk to the Tate Britain, free entry (except for special exhibitions) and if you are on the southside take a walk to Tate Modern, where entry is free (again except for special exhibitions).

Museum of London child and parent

Learn about London’s history for free

To learn about London there are two great museums packed with history and fun interactive exhibitions to explore; the Museum of Docklands and the Museum of London.


Fabulous free art

If you have a keen artist in the family and want to offer some hands on learning of art through history then you should check out Wallace Collection or Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, both free art museums! So if the kids lose interest after three paintings and want to go outside to play then it isn’t a complete loss of money.

two girls holding goats

Did you know about free City Farms in London?

There is a surprisingly number of city farms in London that will certainly entertain your children and are also free! So if you want a day out to see some lovely fluffy animals, some with petting experiences and chances to get close up to the animals, then visit Deen City Farm, Kentish Town City Farm, Hackney City Farm, Spitalfields City Farm, Surrey Docks City Farm and Vauxhall City Farm.

Richmond park deer

Wonderful parks

London is also blessed with many open space and these parks are free. Take the children to Richmond Park for acres to walk, run, bicycle and explore plus the chance of seeing the deer herds. Kensington Gardens are beautifully maintained and there’s lots of history to explore and Hyde Park has a lovely walk around Serpentine and St James’s Park is just a skip and a jump from Big Ben, another fabulous iconic London landmark that you can look at for free.

Before you travel....

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We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out!