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.


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


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


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


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 contemporary art gallery representing international artists.


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


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


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


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


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


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


An independent gallery displaying works by new and established designers.


The gallery holds five temporary exhibitions annually.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


This is a Grade I listed 18th century house, open to the public as a museum and gallery.


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


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


The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.


Major art gallery housing the largest collection of British art in the world in a grade II listed building.


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


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


Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.


A place for contemporary arts exhibitions and events.


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


A space displaying work by both upcoming and established artists.


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


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


The Subway Gallery in the West End is a collection of contemporary art, with permanent and temporary exhibitions, having included the graffiti artist 'Stik' and a photography exhibition by Bob Gruen.


Arts project space within Southwark Park.


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.

Maybe you would prefer an East End take on all things art at the Chisenhale Gallery. This not for profit gallery displays up to five major exhibitions over the course of any given year, often devoted to the unsung local artists, giving Chisenhale a really unique feel. It is just a stones throw away from Mile End tube station, making it a really easy place to get to as well as being a great gallery in itself, well worth a look.

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.