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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As the home to over 8 million people, London is perhaps not somewhere you would expect to find a great deal of natural attractions, so you may be surprised to find out that there are loads of them!


A leafy park that is part of the Capital Woodlands Project. The Roman road Stane Street runs through the park but is totally covered, however there is a mound that is thought to be a pagan burial site.


A local nature reserve in Crystal Palace managed by the trust for Urban Ecology.


Historic Woodland managed by the London Wildlife Trust.


Wild open space on the banks of Regents Canal in the centre of London.


Common with natural and planted areas, ponds, a lake, trim trail and childrens playground.


Mad Bess Wood is part of the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


Bayhurst Wood is part of The Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


A site of special scientific interest in the form of a woodland with a wealth of wildlife to explore.


The centre is designed to create a better understanding of our environment.


A restored Victorian park and open common.


This 150 year old park has a range of facilities and great views looking South over London.


Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.


A former Deer Park, now owned by the National Trust.


A nature reserve in Hillingdon managed by the London Wildlife Trust.


Abney Park is a beautiful garden cemetry, woodland memorial park and nature reserve.


The Lido is a 60 acre lake with a sandy beach and a narrow gauge railway.


Sixty six hectares of meadows, woodlands and ponds adjoining the site of the former RAF Bentley Priory, the operations centre during the Battle Of Britain.


A 32 acre park with a city farm to visit, located on the Isle Of Dogs.


Londons largest open space covering 6000 acres stretches from Chingford to Epping.


Local Nature Reserve offering a circular route through woodland and meadows.


An ancient coppiced woodland, with a small meadow and river bank.


Park with formal and informal gardens, childrens playgrounds and free tennis courts.


Created in 1997, the park contains 2 lakes that are great for bird watching or just enjoying the tranquillity.


Lesnes Wood offers a variety of habitats including woodlands, heathland and ornamental gardens as well as the ruins of Lesnes Abbey.


A nature reserve where it is possible to find kingfishers and water voles - if you are lucky.


A wildlife garden with wildflower nursery and visitor centre.


Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.


Woods containing the remains of Lesnes Abbey founded in the 12th century


Copse Wood is part of the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


An ancient woodland that is also a Local Nature Reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust.


A large common covering 220 acres with play equipment, a lake, a pond and woodlands.


Over 300 acres of open spaces and forest, with picnic areas, a large lake, play areas and a rare breeds farm.


A large common with woodland walks, ponds, heathland and a windmill.


An area of ancient wood and chalk grassland.


A nature reserve with a variety of habitats managed by the London Wildlife Trust.


Park Wood is part of the Ruislip National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


A woodland Nature Reserve with meadow, marsh, pond and a visitor centre.


Visitor centre with details of walks, leaflets and guidance about visiting Epping Forest.


You will find acres of parkland at Alexandra Palace Park in North London, with a deer garden, children's playgrounds, a boating lake and even a skate park, there is something for people of all ages here. The rose garden is tended to by park wardens who make sure that the park looks as pristine as possible. The playgrounds will keep children entertained for hours and the skatepark will occupy anyone with a taste for something more fast-paced. The boating lake has boats for hire, either pedal operated or oared, but you can of course relax by the boating lake for free.

Ten Acre Wood in West London near Northolt is popular with bird watchers who visit in the hope of spotting some of their favourite feathered friends. The woodland is rich in berry producing plants, meaning that birds can be found in their many hundreds, feasting on the berries produced in the wood, as well as butterflies, which you will be sure to see during your visit if it is in the summer months. Such a large amount of space left as woodland means that these creatures can live happily in Greater London, undisturbed by the busy city surrounding them.

Epping Forest is the largest open space in the capital, covering 6000 acres stretching from Chingford to Epping. Large areas are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conversation and there are 4 visitor centres within the forest. It really is a wonderful location for a walk.

Follow the Map link below to see all wildlife and nature locations 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.