Save Your Pennies: 7 Free Days out in Britain

Save Your Pennies: 7 Free Days out in Britain: Whoever said that nothing in this life is free? If you’re out of pocket, but still want to treat your family to a day trip, there are plenty of places to visit and cheap activities that won’t cost you a penny.


The National Gallery, London


Feeling cultured? The National Gallery has 2,300 masterpieces to feast your eyes on. From Van Gogh to Degas, you can easily spend hours taking in the canvases on display. You can even take a daily guided tour (free also) to hear more about the history behind each painting.


Borough Market, London


If all that artwork has given you an appetite, head to Borough Market, mecca of all foodies. There’s a lot of nosh on offer, from traditional dishes to unfamiliar platters of ostrich burgers. It’s completely free to walk around, but it’s worth giving into temptation and sampling the food offered.


Chinese New Year, Manchester


Chinese New Year celebrations take place in Manchester every February – kung fu, acrobats, Shaolin monks, firecrackers, and fortune telling – you’d be mad to miss it! Have your camera ready for the 175ft dragon parade through the street. Entertainment, all free of charge.


Try some of the delicious Chinese food from one of the many stalls. Just in case you were wondering, 2013 is the year of the snake. Next year, you can celebrate the year of the horse!


Science Museum, London


Science is fun! No, seriously. At the Science Museum in London, you can experience what it’s like to be in the cockpit of the Red Arrows and hear how your voice would sound if you were born as a member of the opposite sex. Ever wondered what you’ll look like in thirty years’ time? The Science Museum can show you.


The Winter Garden, Sheffield


If you’re into your horticulture, you’ll have a whale of a time at The Winter Garden in Sheffield. One of the world’s largest greenhouses, you can find 2,500 plants happily growing in a carefully monitored, artificial climate. Some green-fingered enthusiasts hand-water these buds every day, so you and the children can see all sorts of plants from all over the globe.


Maiden Castle, Dorset


Although the name ‘Maiden Castle’ sounds like something straight out of a fairytale, it’s thought this impressive Iron Age Hill Fort was actually named after the British Celtic word ‘mai-dun,’ which means ‘great hill.’ Bring your walking boots, as the labyrinthine ramparts are tricky to climb (to keep the Romans out). From the top, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views.


Bath Walking Tour, Somerset


Jane Austen fans will love this immersive experience throughout this historic town. From the Romans to 19th century aristocracy, you can take a guided tour that explains why Bath has been so popular for hundreds of years. There’s only so much you can get out of text books, so come and see the sights for yourself.


This post has been contributed by Zoe, a UK-based lifestyle blogger who loves taking her two little nephews on days out around Britain. She has composed this post for Know of any fun and free days out in the UK? Let us know in the comments below!