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Exploring on a budget: Free things to do and see

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Published: 3rd July 2024

Unforgettable experiences at no extra cost

Summer's in full swing, and the UK's calling your name! With loads of free experiences waiting for you from coast to countryside, you can soak up the sunshine without emptying your wallet. We’ve rounded up the top 10 spots to check out for free, so grab your sunnies, pack a picnic, and hop on a coach. Time to make the most of this glorious summer without spending a fortune!

Sky Garden – London

Sky Garden is quite the sight to behold, with three stories of beautifully landscaped gardens encased in a glass dome. Sitting pretty on the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie building, you can enjoy breath-taking city views from the observation deck or the open-air terrace. Perfect for a lunch with a view! And with the money you've saved on your trip, you can treat yourself to a drink or a meal at one of the fabulous bars or restaurants.

Sheldon Country Park – Birmingham

If you’re itching to escape the city buzz for a bit, take a short hop out of Birmingham and discover Sheldon Country Park. This hidden gem features a charming working farm where you can wander among the animals and ancient woodlands. The spacious fields are perfect for picnicking, plus there’s a nifty viewing platform nearby where you can catch planes coming and going. This park promises a little something for everyone to enjoy!

Cabot Tower & Brandon Hill - Bristol

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill in Bristol are your go-to spots for a picturesque picnic. Set on a hilltop, Cabot Tower is surrounded by a beautiful park where you can unwind and dine al fresco. Feeling adventurous? Climb to the top for an unforgettable panoramic view. It’s the perfect place to soak in Bristol’s beauty while enjoying your outdoor meal!

St Aidan’s nature park – Leeds

Nature lovers, listen up! , St Aidan’s nature park nestled on the tranquil banks of the River Aire in Leeds, is an absolute gem. For bird enthusiasts, it’s a paradise with countless species to admire. Lace up your hiking boots or saddle up for a ride along the miles of scenic pathways and bridleways. This park promises an unforgettable adventure amidst breath-taking wildlife!

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery - Leicester

Step into Leicester’s Museum and Art Gallery, where history and art collide in spectacular fashion. No matter your historical interests or art preferences, it has something special for everyone. Roam awe-inspiring dinosaur skeletons and ancient Egyptian artefacts to captivating Victorian art, history buffs will be in heaven. Prefer a modern twist? Immerse yourself in a world of contemporary artworks that push boundaries. With its ever-changing lineup of temporary exhibitions, this museum ensures there’s always something fresh to explore. It’s the perfect place to revisit and uncover new wonders with every visit!

M Shed – Bristol

A fun and free place to learn a thing or two is Bristol’s M Shed. Bursting with rare artefacts, interactive displays, and heartfelt stories captured in photos and videos, there’s something to engage every visitor. Travel through time from ancient epochs to modern-day Bristol, exploring the city's fascinating history. With its engaging displays and ever-changing exhibits, M Shed invites you to uncover the fascinating stories that have shaped this dynamic city.

Stonebridge City Farm – Nottingham

Bringing a slice of countryside charm to the heart of Nottingham is Stonebridge City Farm. Gather the family for a delightful trip to meet a variety of friendly farm animals. Whether you’re cuddling piglets or feeding the goats, there’s plenty of hands-on fun to be had. And once you’ve had enough of your new furry friends, treat yourself to some delicious local treats—fresh food and homemade cakes await! It’s a delightful day out that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens – Manchester

If you’re on the hunt for a sunny spot to unwind, Fletcher Moss Park is your ticket to relaxation. Picture this: lounging with your picnic basket and a good book amongst beautifully blooming flowers. Whether you’re seeking serenity or a touch of floral inspiration, this park offers a perfect retreat to enjoy the sunny weather.

St Fagans National Museum of History – Cardiff

Looking to soak up some sun and Welsh history? Look no further than St Fagans in Cardiff, as one of Europe’s top open-air museums, it brings the past to life! Explore exhibitions housed in authentic period buildings, starting from ancient Celtic times. The park is dotted with friendly, knowledgeable staff who bring each era to life with their personal stories and insights. It’s a delightful mix of sunshine, history, and warm Welsh hospitality!

Bournemouth Beach - Bournemouth

What says British summertime louder than the salty sea breeze mingling with sunscreen? If you're after classic summer vibes, Bournemouth has it all. Stroll along the sandy beaches, build sandcastles, dip your toes in the refreshing sea, and then unwind with a seaside picnic or treat yourself to some fresh fish and chips. It’s everything you need for a perfect seaside day, complete with sun, sea, and delicious treats!

Southampton Town Walls - Southampton

Explore Southampton’s Town Walls on a historical walk through time where Mediaeval houses and informative boards guide your journey. These resilient walls narrate tales of Norman invasions, Viking raids, and even surviving German bombs! As you follow their path around the city, enjoy sweeping views and the opportunity to unwind in charming old pubs with a refreshing pint to soak in the stories of the city.

See, we told you! This summer, you can have a blast without breaking the bank! Grab your bags, hop on that coach, and let the adventures begin! Embrace the sunshine, unleash your inner savvy traveller, and make every moment and penny count! Just remember to pack the suncream—because a little glow never hurt anyone!

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