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 former Deer Park, now owned by the National Trust.


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


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


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


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


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


Park Wood is part of the Ruislip 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.


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


A restored Victorian park and open common.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


A wildlife garden with wildflower nursery and visitor centre.


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


Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.


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


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


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


Historic Woodland managed by the London Wildlife Trust.


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


An area of ancient wood and chalk grassland.


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


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


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


One of Londons largest parks with excellent views of the London skyline.


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


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


Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.


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


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


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


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


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


Camley Street Natural Park is run by the Wildlife Trusts and is a wide open space in North London. It was converted into a wildlife conservation area from a disused coal yard in 1984 and is now home to birds, bees, butterflies, frogs and an array of plantlife, as well as the odd bat.

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.