Free Places To Visit In London

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Top London Days Out provides details of free things to do in London.

For London visitors wondering what to do in London we have many suggestions for cheap London sightseeing and places to visit in London.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include London art galleries, London Zoos (petting), London events, London museums, London parks, the Royal Parks and many other London attractions.

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In this section, you will find plenty of free to enter galleries spread right the way across the capital through the city centre and in the suburbs.

In the National Gallery right in the centre, at Trafalgar Square, standing under the watchful eye of Lord Nelson, you'll find the most important artworks from around the world all in one place. With exhibitions on Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Cezanne amongst a vast collection of others, the National Gallery is a great day out.


National Museum of modern and contemporary art.


Large contemporary art gallery. All shows are free to access including special exhibitions.


The Gallery contains the national collection of Western European paintings dating from 1200 to 1800.


The Building Centre is an independent forum dedicated to provide information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment.


The gallery holds five temporary exhibitions annually.


Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.


One of the largest photographic galleries in London holding images dating from the 1850s to the present day.


National Museum of modern and contemporary art.


The Clowns Gallery is exactly what you would expect. A collection of pictures, costumes and props used by the entertainers, as well as a collection of over 200 eggs, all painted as different clowns.


A space displaying work by both upcoming and established artists.


An Arts and Crafts cultural centre with programmes of contemporary art and design exhibitions.


Two galleries of modern and contemporary art sited on either side of the Serpentine in Kensington Gardens.


Large contemporary art gallery. All shows are free to access including special exhibitions.


Gallery housing a huge collection of portraits from the late middle ages to the present day.


Whitechapel Art Gallery hosts a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, meaning there's always something new to see. The gallery features work of artists from all over the world, as well as from London. The gallery is free to enter!


The Couper Collection is a floating art museum, located on the banks of the Thames in Battersea. The collection featres works and installations by artist Max Couper as well as hosting events and exhibitions by other artists.


A gallery promoting Scottish art dating from 1770 to the present day.


The Old Speech Room is located in the old school building and was built in 1819-21.


Oxo Tower Wharf is a redeveloped 1930s wharf building now housing galleries, exhibitions and events.


A place for contemporary arts exhibitions and events.


This 17th century house that was originally home to Henrietta Maria, the queen of Charles I. It is now home to the fine art collection of the Royal Naval Museum.


The art collection of the City of London Corporation, set in the historic Guildhall Square.


The Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.


A boutique gallery specialising in contemporary photography from around the world.


A gallery specialising in contemporary art including underground, street, urban and more.


Contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East by the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.


This is a museum of primarily Jewish Art that has resided in this temporary location since 2002.


An art gallery situated in the old town hall with a full programme of exhibitions of paintings, prints and photographs.


A contemporary art gallery representing international artists.


Housed in a Grade II listed old pump house within Battersea Park.


An innovative gallery for contemporary visual art occupying a renovated factory in Londons East end.


The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow was opened by then Prime Minister Clement Atlee in 1950. The building itself was once a water house, although Morris and his family lived there from 1848 to 1856.


The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.


Arts project space within Southwark Park.


Gallery showing a programme of contemporary art exhibitions within the grade I listed Pitzhanger Manor house.


An independent gallery displaying works by new and established designers.


The Hayward Gallery in the Southbank Centre often has free exhibitions - check the website for details.


In this section, you will find plenty of free to enter galleries spread right the way across the capital through the city centre and in the suburbs. In the National Gallery right in the centre, at Trafalgar Square, standing under the watchful eye of Lord Nelson, you'll find the most important artworks from around the world all in one place. With exhibitions on Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Cezanne amongst a vast collection of others, the National Gallery is a great day out.

If you browse our map you will find many other galleries in London, so whether it's the big, legendary status artists that you're after, or an unsung artist producing new material, you'll find plenty of galleries to visit. If you are using public transport to get around have a look at the detailed information given for each of the attractions on our map. Each one lists the three closest stations including London Underground, Network Rail and the Docklands Light Railway.

There are loads of galleries in London and these are just a few of them, check out our maps of art galleries selection above, just click on the one you're interested in to find out more about it. Often, galleries will be reasonably close to each other, so you can even fit a couple on the same day.

Do be aware that some of the galleries are only open when they have an exhibition so be sure to check their web site before you visit. You can find a link to their web site on our detailed information page.