Free attractions


There are some amazing free attractions around the country. Tell us about your favourites and if you’ve been to any of the popular free attractions below, email us, summing the place up in a sentence or two. Help us add some colour and insight to the list. Share your pictures too.

Imperial War Museum North – Salford Quay, Manchester

Free attractions – IWM North

The entrance to IWM North

Imperial War Museum London – Lambeth, London

John Rylands Library – Deansgate, Manchester

Museum of Science and Industry – Central Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery – Central Manchester

Manchester Museum – Central Manchester

National Football Museum – Central Manchester

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Central Birmingham

Barber Institute of Fine Arts – Edgbaston, Birmingham

Isabella Plantation – Richmond Park, London 

Battle of Britain Bunker – RAF Uxbridge

Myddleton House Gardens – Enfield, London

Shirley Windmill – Croydon, Surrey

Valence House Museum – Dagenham, London 

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – Bristol

M Shed – Bristol

The Georgian House Museum – Bristol

Red Lodge Museum – Bristol

Blaise Castle House Museum – Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre – Bristol

The Matthew of Bristol – Bristol

Windmill Hill City Farm – Bedminster, Bristol

National Media Museum – Bradford

Bradford Industrial Museum – Bradford

Worsbrough Mill and Country Park – Barnsley

Elseley Heritage Museum – Barnsley

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery – Waterdale, Doncaster

Streetlife Museum of Transport – Hull

Tolson Museum – Ravensknowle ParkHuddersfield

Bagshaw Museum – Batley West Yorks

Leeds Art Gallery – Leeds

Kirkstall Abbey – Kirkstall, Leeds

National Railway Museum – York

Clifton Park Museum – Rotherham

Weston Park Museum – Sheffield

Millennium Gallery – Sheffield

Graves Gallery – Sheffield

The Old House – Hereford

Cosford RAF Museum – Cosford, Shropshire

Museum of Cannock Chase – Hednesford, Staffordshire

Forge Mill Farm – West Bromwich

Haden Hill House Museum – Cradley Heath

Wolverhampton Art Gallery– Wolverhampton

National Slate Museum – Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales

National Library Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth, Wales

Amelia Trust Farm – Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre – Thatcham, West Berkshire

Reading Museum – Reading 

The Gallery at Winchester Discovery Centre – Winchester

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum – Farnborough, Hampshire

Kearsney Abbey – Dover

Maidstone Museum – Maidstone

Guildhall Museum – Rochester, Kent

Oxford University Museum of Natural History – Oxford

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery – Hastings, Kent

Rye Castle Museum – Rye, East Sussex

Callendar House – Falkirk

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh (though admission to the glass house costs £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for children – defined as “15 and under”, boo hiss).

National Museum of Scotland – Edinburgh

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Glasgow

Corrigall Farm Museum – Orkney

Though we do our best to ensure that all the information on this page is correct, Childfare cannot be responsible for the complete accuracy of this page. Please double-check before you visit. It is surprising how many free attractions don’t make the fact clear – and how many that aren’t free are unclear about their charges too.