Free days out in the UK

You don’t have to spend a single pound to enjoy fantastic attractions in the UK – you can find adventure, fun trips for the family and explore the UK’s rich history without breaking the bank. Making great memories doesn't have to cost a lot when you enjoy a day out in the UK.

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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is home to a staggering number of fossils, geological marvels and fascinating world-class exhibitions in the heart of London’s Museum District in South Kensington. When you step through its stunning doors you’ll be greeted by Hope – the skeleton of a gigantic blue whale that hangs atop Hintze Hall. The Natural History Museum is in a wonderful part of London for exploring, with the British Science Museum and V&A galleries (both with free entry) just around the corner.

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Roskilly's Farm

Roskilly’s Farm is a wholesome, organic dairy farm based in the tranquillity of the Cornish countryside. While Roskilly’s is a working dairy farm, there’s also wonderful pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys and quails for visitors to meet up close. Roskilly’s Farm is a perfect day out for families, and dogs are welcome on the grounds.

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Royal Botanic Garden

First established in 1670, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden has become a fixture highlighting the importance of conservation and the protection of the natural world. With over 13,000 species of plants from 157 countries, there’s a wealth of trees, gardens and gorgeous flowers from across the globe to amaze and inspire you.

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Science & Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum is built on the terminus of the world’s first inter-city rail, and stands as a celebration of Manchester’s industrial heritage. From exhibitions of the first computers to steam engines and vitamin capsules from the 19th century, the Science and Industry Museum is a fantastic place to learn the impact science has had on modern life, and how it can help create a better future.

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The Fitzwilliam Museum

Founded in 1816, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has held precious antiquities from around the world for public viewing for centuries. From medieval European plate armour to the sarcophagus lid of the pharaoh Ramesses III, the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection is eclectic and intriguing. The Fitzwilliam Museum is a unique gem right next door to the iconic university grounds in the heart of Cambridge.

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Museum of Lincolnshire Life

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is an exhibition of life in the midland town of Lincoln from 1750 to the present day, complete with lifelike reconstructions and a re-enactment of a working Victorian kitchen. As Lincolnshire is the birthplace of the tank, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life also explores the county’s proud military history and features Daphne, one of the last surviving tanks from WWI.

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National Railway Museum

The UK as we know it today was built using the railway service, charting a path back to its world-changing origins 300 years ago during the industrial revolution. The National Railway Museum celebrates the history of trains and how they’ve shaped the world, and also looks to the future for the role trains will play in generations to come.

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

You’re guaranteed to have a great time at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, where you can get up close to cuddly donkeys, mules, horses and ponies. Redwing Horse Sanctuary has cared for and rescued over 1,500 animals since it was created in 1984, and they now roam free with expert care on hand. In addition to its Warwickshire centre, Redwings Horse Sanctuary has centres in Essex, Norfolk and Angus in Scotland. 

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National trails

The UK is full of spectacular landscapes that range from rocky rugged hills to flowing fields and parks. There are 15 National Trails across England and Wales that form beautiful long-distance walks through the most picturesque and gorgeous parts of the country. Walks through the nation’s wild and wonderful countryside are completely free, and perfect for teaching children about the wonders of nature or taking some time out for yourself to relax and unwind.

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Make the most of the UK and discover other fun days out for the family, brilliant shopping trips, exciting sports matches and plenty more going on across the country. Start planning your next trip today.

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