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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London’s history as the centre of trade, science, politics and commerce naturally leads it to be jam packed full of museums dedicated to just about anything you could think of, a great many of which are free to enter.

Everything from the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex to the invention of the internet, along with looking into the history of life on earth, the history of trade or how transport developed over the years, there is really something for everyone in the museums of London.


Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive diplodocus cast in the central hall.


The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.


The former home of the writer and philosopher L Ron Hubbard. It is open to the public by appointment only.


A three storey Jacobean Manor House, built in 1623 and situated in parkland.


A local history museum housed in The Priory.


With over 20000 exhibits, this museum chronicles dental care in the UK.


This is the Victoria and Albert museums collection of childhood related items and is located in Bethnal Green.


The British Architectural Library maintains one of the worlds finest collections of architectural drawings, photographs and models.


Museum of a Victorian school set up by Thomas Barnardo to educate children who were too poor to access education.


Local history museum for the Ealing and Hounslow areas housed in the mansion in Gunnersbury Park.


Museum charting the development of the police service in the United Kingdom. Guided tours provided.


Museum recording the history of the The Crystal Palace originally located in Hyde Park then moved to Sydenham.


Museum about the history of the Film Industry.


The museum contains medical research specimens collected by John Hunter in the 18th century as well as displays about surgery up to the modern day.


This is the museum of the regiment who provide the Queens guard for ceremonial occasions.


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


Part of the Greenwich World Heritage site, the museum houses relics, art and information about the history of Britain at sea.


Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.


All Hallows is the oldest church in the City of London. It houses a museum in the crypt and offers free guided tours.


The Museum Of London tells the story of the capital and its people.


Museum of anthropology and natural history that is set in a 15 acre garden.


Museum and Library displaying and documenting an extensive range of items relating to Freemasonry.


Museum telling the story of the Bank of England since its creation in 1694 to the present day.


A 2000 year old roman amphitheatre unearthed beneath the Guildhall in 1988.


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.


A local history museum located in a grade 1 listed 16th century manor house in 20 acres of parkland.


The museum contains artefacts from the past and present of life at Harrow School.


Free entry to study areas and to visiting the formal display put on at the BOA museum, or can arrange a building tour although this has a fee.


The oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world.


Fulham Palace is the historic residence of the Bishops of London.


Wapping hosts the Thames River Police Museum in a converted carpenter's workshop that is now Wapping Police Station. Claiming to be the world's first police force, the Thames Police Museum contains items dating back to its formation in 1798.


Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, on the banks of the River Thames was once home to artist, designer and writer William Morris between 1879 and 1896.


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


You can access the British Library for researching over 150 million items or to visit one of the free events or exhibitions.


The museum is the house of the 19th century architect, Sir John Soanes who was responsible for the design of the building.


Located at the site of the former aerodrome at Hendon the museum of the Royal Air Force is home to over 100 aircraft and thousands of other items.


Collection of music memorabilia in the vault beneath the Hard Rock Cafe in Old Park Lane.


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


This museum is the place to go to find out about human history and culture from all over the world.


Three floors displaying a collection of musical instruments, art, photographs, manuscripts and scores.


A small museum about Stephens Ink and writing materials located within Avenue House.


The archive is part of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office complex and is freely open to all but you must register with the user card system.


The home of designer, artist and craftsman Frank Dickinson. This Grade II listed house was built and furnished by Dickinson between 1902 and 1904.


World renowned museum of science and technology with historic collections and awe inspiring galleries. There are lots of interactive areas for you to explore.


Local history museum based at the Croydon clocktower presenting the story of Croydon from 1800 onwards.


Local History Museum containing hundreds of artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to modern times.


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


Museum of Hackneys history with free exhibitions and events for all ages.


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


Local history museum housed in the basement of Finsbury Library.


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.


Founded in 1123, St Bartholomews is one of the oldest hospitals in the world. Visit the museum to find out about its history.


The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.


The Garden Museum celebrates the design, history and art of gardens.


Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive diplodocus cast in the central hall.


The Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell is a collection of Marxist literature. The library frequently holds talks on Marxist topics and the left wing in general. Check their website for specific details (some events may be charged to get in)


The museum collection covers all aspects of British pharmacy history.


The Institute of Making hosts the Materials Library, presenting a collection of all sorts of materials from synthetic or natural sources, comprised of just about any material you could possibly think of.


A museum showing the history of the home and gardens over the past 400 years.


The British Film Institute Mediatheque is completely free to use, simply arrive, tell the staff how long you require a booth for, and watch whatever you like!


Local history museum of the Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew areas.


Collection of artefacts from around the world collected by the Cuming family as well as being the museum of Southwarks history.


This is the Royal College of Musics collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from the 15th century to the present day.


Museum with exhibits about conflict, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War 1 to the present.


A part of the Museum of London telling the history of London as a port. It is located in Docklands at West India Quay.


Museum about discoveries in science at the Royal Institution since 1799.


This museum contains approximately 80000 objects of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology.


This museum of local history occupies four historic buildings: the Tithe Barn, the Granery, the Small Barn and Headstone Manor a Grade I listed, moated manor house.


This hunting lodge was built in 1543 for King Henry VIII and was intended as a grandstand for guests viewing the royal hunt.


The photography archive of the Imperial War Museum is located on Austral Street SE11 and is accessible by appointment only.


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 museum, founded in 1828 houses around 67000 specimens from the Animal Kingdom.


The Natural History Museum also contains sections on climate change, creepy crawlies, birds, butterflies and the human body amongst a huge amount of other interesting exhibits. It is a great place for the family for a day out or longer, I have probably spent a couple of weeks in there altogether. It will cost you absolutely nothing to get in, although any donations to the upkeep of the museum are greatly appreciated.

These are probably the most famous museums in the capital, but if you have already seen them why not explore a bit further afield and go to the RAF Museum in North London at Hendon, The National Army Museum in West London at Chelsea or the Museum Of Docklands at West India Dock.

Follow the Map link below to see all museums on an easy to use map of London. Do check their web site before you visit as you may find that they are having a special event or exhibition. You can find a link to their web site on our detailed information page.