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Free Days Out UK: Your Ultimate Guide

All the couch-surfing and channel-hopping getting you down? Keep the kids (or yourself) from climbing the walls with our low-budget, boredom-busting guide to FREE days out around the UK.

Whether it’s a date for two or a day of family fun you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

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The North

Durham

Durham Cathedral

What to do: Steep yourself in Durham Cathedral’s rich history, with stunning architecture and educational interactive displays. There’s also some beautiful in the nearby woodland and riverside to be had, with dainty mills, bridges and boat houses.

Why visit? History, architecture, prayer

Did you know? The cathedral was built 900 years ago, and most the original architecture is still in tact!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sunderland

Penshaw Monument

What to do: Go for a country walk and get up close to this magnificent monument.

Why visit? History, walking, views

Did you know?¬†The monument was built in 1844 and¬†is dedicated to¬†John George Lambton –¬†1st¬†Earl of Durham¬†and the first¬†Governor¬†of the¬†Province of Canada.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sheffield

Weston Park Museum

What to do: Spend a day exploring the museum’s extensive exhibits (suitable for all ages), outdoor trails and picnic area.

Why visit? Activities, walking, picnic area

Did you know?¬†The museum’s grounds are an ideal location for a picnic, weather permitting.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Newcastle

Great North Museum

What to do:¬†Admire this fantastic collection of taxidermied animals and a permanent exhibit all about Hadrian’s Wall.

Why visit? History, nature

Did you know?¬†You might just bump into the museum’s ginormous T-Rex!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Walk the 7 Bridges

What to do:¬†Take a stroll across the Tyne’s 7 bridges, boasting beautiful views, day and night, with plenty of places to eat and drink along the way. Kids will love watching boats pass underneath and trains go overhead.

Did you know? The Swing Bridge was built on the site of two Roman altars, which were discovered during its construction.

Why visit? Views, history

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Pet’s Corner

What to do: Get up close and personal with an array of farm animals and birds. The sanctuary also has a play area and ice cream van.

Why visit? Animals, play area, walking

Did you know?¬†Pet’s Corner is home to all sorts of animals , including alpacas, pot-bellied pigs, goats, rabbits and colourful birds.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Discovery Museum

What to do: Take a trip through Newcastle’s history, explore the interactive Science Maze and let the little ones splash around in the water play area.¬†There’s also events all throughout the day to be explored.

Why visit? History, learning, splashing!

Did you know? The museum is home to the Turbinia: once the fastest steam powered ship in the world.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Plessey Woods

What to do:¬†Walk through the forest and around the lake. There’s a¬†large field area for dogs to have a run free too. End the day in the lovely little¬†little cafe on site.

Why visit? Views, dog walking, cafe

Did you know? The woods has an Art Trail of wood carvings and sculptures to follow.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort

What to do: Explore the excavated remains and reconstructions of original buildings to get a taste for what life was like in Roman Britain.

Why visit? History

Did you know? The Fort once housed a garrison of soldiers that guarded the entrance to the River Tyne.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Ouseburn Farm

What to do: Take in the views underneath three soaring bridges and get acquainted with Ouseburn Farm’s animals including¬†sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

Why visit? Views, animals, walking

Did you know?¬†Ouseburn Farm may be a farm, but it’s located right in the centre of Newcastle.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Manchester

National Football Museum

What to do: Lace up for a football-tastic day. The museum is packed with interactive objects, games and displays Рa must-see for any footy fanatic.

Why visit?¬†Football lover’s paradise!

Did you know?¬†The museum houses football’s first-ever rule book from 1863!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Greater Manchester Police Museum

What to do: Step back in time to a city of slums and unruly alehouses, explore one of Manchester’s earliest police stations and see¬†where criminals were charged, fingerprinted and locked up. P.S. the museum is only open on Tuesdays, so be sure to plan ahead.

Why visit? History, learning

Did you know? You can experience an actual Magistrate’s Courtroom at the museum.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Imperial War Museum North

What to do:¬†Bring history to life and learn how war shapes lives through powerful exhibitions, displays and stories… explore a First World War trench, discover what life would have been like for an evacuee and escape from a prisoner of war camp through a tunnel.

Why visit? History, learning

Did you know? IWM North hosts the Big Picture Show, a 360 degree experience using surround sound, and projected images to send you a journey back in time.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

The John Rylands Library

What to do: Browse some of the world’s oldest and most important books including medieval manuscripts and a 1476 edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; and take in the stunning Victorian Gothic architecture.

Why visit? History, architecture

Did you know? The library holds the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment.

Suitable for children? No

Cost: FREE!

Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery

What to do: Stare at the gallery’s array of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art, Tudor portraits and works by famous names such as¬†Rembrandt, Hockney and Lowry. It’s also child-friendly with plenty of activities to keep them engaged.

Why visit?¬†Paintings, sculptures, children’s activities

Did you know?¬†The Walker Gallery has housed Liverpool’s most important works of art for 130 years!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

World Museum Liverpool

What to do: Experience the wonders of the natural world –¬†from live colonies of insects to historic zoological exhibits and even a¬†free planetarium.

Why visit? Nature, learning, space!

Did you know? The World Museum’s ethnology collection ranks among the top six in the country – including interactive displays that transport you around the world.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Merseyside Maritime Museum

What to do: Dive into the history of Liverpool’s great port, with galleries spanning four floors. A must-visit for any maritime enthusiast.

Why visit? History

Did you know? The museum features an exhibition called Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story Рa big hit with visitors.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Museum of Liverpool

What to do: Lose yourself in Liverpool’s gripping geography, history and culture. There’s exhibits for all ages covering the port, its people, and their creative and sporting achievements.

Why visit?¬†History, culture, children’s activities

Did you know? You can see the stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sefton Park

What to do: Get outdoors and enjoy Sefton Park’s lush lawns, woodland, and water. There’s also the¬†Palm House, a restored Victorian glasshouse, containing exotic plants from around the world including Africa, Asia, America, Australia, and Europe.

Why visit? Nature, outdoor activities, exotic plants

Did you know? The bandstand at the park inspired The Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band’.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Bradford

National Science and Media Museum

What to do: Journey through the state-of-the-art gallery, Wonderlab and explore the science of light and sound, as well as regular cinema showings and free walks and tours every weekend and during school holidays.

Why visit? Science, cinema

Did you know? The museum is home to IMAX – the most powerful big screen in the world!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Leeds

Royal Armouries Leeds

What to do: Unleash your inner warrior and learn about weapons and armour from around the world with jousting, falconry and horsemanship displays. Plus, don’t miss one of their historically accurate, immersive jousting shows.

Why visit? History, jousting shows

Did you know? The armoury has a crossbow range, which you can use to try your hand at archery.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Leeds City Museum

What to do: Unearth fossils or brush shoulders with ancient Egyptians in one of the many interactive displays.

Why visit?¬†Learning, kid’s crafts/ activities

Did you know? Rory, the Leeds City Museum tiger hosts craft activities for children every Saturday.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Room on the Broom Adventure Trail

What to do: Visit¬†Anglers Country Park and let the kid’s imaginations run wild as they¬†find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and partake in a range of activities along the way.

Why visit?¬†Walking, nature, children’s activities

Did you know? The trail isn’t just for waking, it can be done by¬†accessible by cycle, buggy or wheelchair too.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Gateshead

Angel of the North

What to do: Get a selfie in front of this iconic towering sculpture, and enjoy the vast green landscape that surrounds it.

Why visit? Walking, sightseeing

Did you know? The artist behind The Angel, Antony Gormley OBE, used a plaster cast of his own body as the basis for it.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

York

National Railway Museum

What to do: Bask in the glory of iconic locomotives, as well as present and future railway innovation.

Why visit? History

Did you know? It is the largest museum of its type in Britain, with 100+ locomotives.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Northumberland

Northumberlandia

What to do: Get your wellies on and explore the Lady of the North. Walk around and over a human sculpture that reaches over 100m high and is a quarter mile long!

Why visit? Walking, nature, views

Did you know? The sculpture is made out of a staggering 1.5 million tonnes of earth.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sycamore Gap (Hadrian’s Wall)

What to do: Take a lovely walk with spectacular views 1km from the nearest carpark (Steel Rigg car park) to reach one of the most stunning (and free) parts of Hadrian’s Wall.

Why visit? Walking, nature, views, history

Did you know? The Sycamore Gap Tree or Robin Hood Tree is a sycamore tree standing next to Hadrian’s Wall. It’s known as one of the most photographed trees in the country.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Midlands

Birmingham

Thinktank Science Garden

What to do:¬†Arrive after 3pm to visit the this award winning museum’s Science Garden for free – an outdoor discovery space packed with fun activities for the whole family.

Why visit? Learning, fun

Did you know? The Science Garden has a giant human-sized hamster wheel.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE! (after 3pm)

Birmingham Museum and Gallery

What to do: Bring history to life whilst poring over ancient art and artefacts. The museum also has a mini museum for younger children, with story-telling, dress up and games.

Why visit? Learning, crafts, tea rooms

Did you know? Birmingham Museum and Gallery houses the biggest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Leicester

Newarke House Museum

What to do: Experience life in a First World War trench in an immersive recreation complete with sound and lighting. Also, don’t miss the historic collection of toys , some of which dating back to the Tudor times!

Why visit? History, play area, gardens

Did you know? Rumour has it that Newarke House is home to a ghost!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Abbey Pumping Station

What to do: Pull levers and press buttons at this museum dedicated to Victorian technology. The perfect day out for any budding engineer with ranging mechanisms from cars and typewriters to toilets and steam engines.

Why visit? Learning, model train and racing events

Did you know? The only working beam engines left in the UK can be found at the Abbey Pumping Station.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Nottingham

Wollaton Hall

What to do: Roam this spectacular Tudor building 500 acres, with a museum and galleries packed with exotic animal specimens. Public tours start at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.

Why visit? Rare animal specimens, playground, walks

Did you know?¬†Wollaton Hall’s taxidermy collection includes a gorilla, giraffe and a cheetah!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Stonebridge City Farm

What to do: Escape modern life with lush gardens, nature walks and farm animals to feed and pet – just 5mins from the city centre.

Why visit? Animals, nature, walking

Did you know? You can buy some homegrown veg to take home or feed to the animals.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Green’s Mill and Science Centre

What to do: Experiment¬†with light, electricity and magnets in the footsteps of George Green (1793 to 1841), Britain’s unsung scientific genius – there’s also¬†seasonal craft and cookery sessions to partake in.

Why visit? History, science

Did you know? George Green left school at 10 years old, and went on to create several mathematical and scientific theorems which we still use to this day!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Rushcliffe Country Park

What to do: Get away from it all with over 8 kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas.Perfect for walking, jogging, cycling and spotting wildlife.

Why visit? Walking, wildlife

Did you know? The park has maintained the Green Flag award for twelve years; the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

What to do: Enter the world of Robin Hood with events, walks, costumed guides, children’s trails and interpretation to bring the legend to life.

Why visit? Walking, nature, Robin Hood!

Did you know? You can see the legendary, ancient oak tree the Major Oak, which weighs an estimated 23 tonnes!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Coventry

Coventry Transport Museum

What to do: Pore over every type of car, motorcycle and truck imaginable… a must-see for any petrolhead.

Why visit? Cars, activities

Did you know? Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest collection of British road transport in the world!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

The South

London

Natural History Museum

What to do: Go back millions of years with prehistoric plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals on display at this iconic London museum.

Why visit? History, learning, ancient artefacts

Did you know? The museum boasts a whopping 80 million items on display.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

The British Museum

What to do: Lose yourself in 200 million years of human history and culture. The British Museum houses world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

Why visit? History, activities

Did you know? The British Museum is older than the USA and once had its own tube station.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

National Portrait Gallery

What to do: Gaze at 200,000 awe-inspiring drawings, miniatures, negatives, paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures. There’s something for art lovers of all ages.

Why visit? Art, learning

Did you know? The first portrait acquired was of William Shakespeare all the way back 1856

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Museum of London

What to do: Take a walk through London’s rich history, through¬†civil wars, plague and fire. Gaze at the extravagant Lord Mayor’s Coach and stroll through a Victorian London street.

Why visit? History

Did you know? The Museum of London offers a free object identification service. Come across an unknown object related to London’s history? Take it in for an inspection!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Crystal Palace Park

What to do: Stretch your legs and take a walk around this lesser known South London gem, with a lake, swimming pool and even life sized sculptures of dinosaurs.

Why visit? Walking, sports, dog walking, dinosaurs

Did you know?¬†The park’s sprts centre used to host the FA Cup Final, back in the early 1900’s.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Hertfordshire

Natural History Museum at Tring

What to do:¬†Gawk at¬†Walter Rothschild’s¬†private collection of natural history, which includes a giant anaconda and a full-sized gorilla!

Why visit? Animals, nearby picnic areas

Did you know? Born in 1868, Walter Rothschild travelled India, Africa and South America in search of new specimens. Some of these 4,900 specimens are still exactly where Walter put them 125 years ago.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Bedfordshire

The Nature Discovery Centre

What to do:¬†Go wild with the centre’s interactive wildlife games, fish tanks,¬†adventure playgrounds and lakeside walks.

Why visit? Nature, walking, outdoor activities

Did you know? The Nature Discovery Centre runs a events throughout the year such as Wildlife Explorer Days – where you can master bird box making or get your Bear Grylls on with bush skills classes.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Oxford

CS Lewis Nature Reserve

What to do: See where CS Lewis got the inspiration for Narnia in this beautiful little oasis and a hidden gem.

Why visit? Walking, nature

Did you know?¬†If you’re quiet you may hear the reserve’s¬†woodpeckers.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Exeter

Red Coats Walking Tours

What to do: Choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and spend 90 minutes discovering Exeter- no booking required! Tours include Churches, Cemeteries & The Catacomb, Exeter Blitz, Ghosts and Legends, Medieval Exeter and more.

Did you know? Red Coat tours are available all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Scotland

Isle of Skye

Fairy Pools

What to do: Discover this magical place of jaw-dropping natural beauty, located at at the foot of the Cuillin mountains.

Why visit? Walking, scenery

Did you know? The pools got their name because of the seemingly magical blue and green colours in the water.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Glasgow

The Peoples Palace

What to do: Hear the story of the people of Glasgow through historic artefacts, paintings, prints, photographs, film and interactive displays.

Why visit? History, walking, picnic

Did you know? The Palace is on Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in Glasgow, which you can walk around and relax on.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Glasgow Riverside Museum

What to do: Stroll around this multi-award winning museum, home to over 3,000 objects that tell the story of Glasgow’s history.

Why visit? History, nostalgia

Did you know? You can take a trip down memory¬†lane in the museum’s has a¬†mock up of an old Glaswegian street.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

What to do: Spend a day exploring Kelvingrove’s incredible range of fascinating objects, from surrealist art to¬†prehistoric remains, a eerie Nakht coffin and even a WW2 Spitfire plane.

Why visit? History, nature, art

Did you know? The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum have been keeping bees since 1959.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Edinburgh

Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

What to do: Find out what life was like growing up throughout the ages, with enough toys, games, artefacts and interactive activities to keep visitors of all ages engaged.

Why visit? History, nostalgia

Did you know? The museum was the first in the world to be dedicated to childhood history.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

What to do:¬†Walk in the footsteps of philosophers,¬†body-snatchers and cloned sheep. Take a 3hour tour around the Old City of Edinburgh and discover it’s fascinating and sometimes sinister history.

Why visit? History, walking

Did you know? J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh.

Suitable for children? Yes (but not small children)

Cost: FREE!

Museum on the Mound

What to do: Find out how money makes the world go round in this museum dedicated to money in all its forms. See the shells and feathers once used as currency, have a go at cracking a safe and discover what life was really like during the Industrial Revolution.

Why visit? History, architecture

Did you know? You can see what one million pounds actually looks like at the museum.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

National Museum of Scotland

What to do: Explore the museum’s vast array of¬†historic collections and contemporary galleries, covering everything from deep sea diving to dinosaurs.

Why visit?¬†History, learning, children’s activities

Did you know? There’s¬†free guided tours with a different topic every day.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Wales

Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff

What to do: Spend the entire day wandering around the museum’s huge collection of artefacts, wildlife specimens, paintings, sculptures and more, with objects dating back to the earliest humans up to the middle ages.

Why visit?¬†History, nature, art, children’s activities

Did you know? The museum has the world’s largest leatherback turtle.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

What to do: Roam around this stunning country park and take in the variety of rare wildlife. There’s even a medieval village to explore with live actors!

Why visit? Walking, wildlife

Did you know? Some parts of the park are Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare and diverse plants and wildlife that have made it their home.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

St Fagans National Museum of History

What to do: Walk around¬†one of Europe’s leading open-air museums, with¬†original buildings from different historical periods to give you a taste of what life used to be like. There’s also livestock, traditional crafts, activities and workshops with craftsmen to be explored.

Why visit? History, walking

Did you know? If you listen closely, you’ may hear the Welsh language being spoken¬†amongst St Fagan’s craftsmen.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Swansea

National Waterfront Museum

What to do: Lose yourself in Wales’ industrial¬†history with displays, activities, film screenings, workshops, arts and crafts for visitors¬†of all ages.

Why visit?¬†History, learning, children’s activities

Did you know? The National Waterfront Museum is Wales’ newest national museum, with a combination of traditional displays cutting-edge, interactive technology.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Langland Bay Beach

What to do: Get a lungful of fresh sea air as you walk along the beach. Perfect for sunbathing in nicer weather and surfing during the colder months.

Why visit? Beach, walking

Did you know? More adventurous walkers can explore the coastal clifftop walk around to Caswell Bay.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Gnoll Estate Country Park

What to do: Walk around the park’s four lakes/ ponds with plenty of places to sit, take in the scenery and feed the ducks.

Why visit? Scenery, walking, wildlife

Did you know? The Park, was voted the Best Picnic spot in Wales 2010 by the Warburtons National Picnic Awards.

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

Port Talbot

Margam Country Park

What to do: Enjoy a day in the countryside, taking in the views of the magnificent castle and lake. You can also visit the deer park or follow the farm trail – there’s also a fantastic playground¬†for kids.

Why visit?¬†Scenery, walking, wildlife, children’s activities

Did you know? There’s a ton of outdoor activities for kids to get stuck into including kayaking, canoeing, archery, paddle boarding, mountain biking and more!

Suitable for children? Yes

Cost: FREE!

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