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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The City of London has a perhaps surprising amount of open space available to locals and visitors to get away from the busy city life to relax and take some time in a slower paced lifestyle.


Crystal Palace park is famous for all sorts of reasons, one of which being the legendary dinosaurs! Sculpted by Benjamin Hawkins with help from Sir Richard Owen.


St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.


A restored Victorian park and open common.


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


Edwardian Pergola and landscaped garden within Hampstead Heath created by Lord Leverhulme.


Clissold Park was formerly a country estate opened to the public in 1889.


Garden overlooking the Thames close to Richmond town centre.


Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.


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


Rose garden within Regents Park named after the wife of King George V.


The garden is for everyone to enjoy and is one of Southbank Centres free public spaces. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.


This Victorian local park has a bandstand and childrens playground.


An urban park with an adventure playground, skatepark, terraced garden and a lake.


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


A large historic park surrounding the Jacobean Boston Manor House that dates from 1623.


Originally the park was part of the grounds of Belair House. The house, along with the lodge and entrance gate are Grade II listed.


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


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


A fragrant garden with information about how plants have been used in medicine. It is sited on a derelict bomb site.


A green flag award winning park that was refurbished in 2006.


Three storeys of landscaped public gardens.


Garden on the site of the church that was destroyed by a bomb in 1940.


Carshalton Ponds border the park and the River Wandle flows from them through the park via a picturesque waterfall.


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


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


The park is located on the North bank of the river and has great views of the Thames Barrier.


Famous for it's deer, Richmond Park was once in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Opened during the reign of Charles I, Richmond Park is the second largest park in London.


Crystal Palace park is famous for all sorts of reasons, one of which being the legendary dinosaurs! Sculpted by Benjamin Hawkins with help from Sir Richard Owen.


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


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.


Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the Borough of Islington and is now a public garden. Over 2,000 monuments remain to those who are buried here, most notably Daniel Defoe, author of 'Robinson Crusoe' and the poet William Blake.


A large urban park that was developed after the second world war in an area that was badly damaged by bombs.


Green Park is situated between Buckingham Palace and Mayfair. Within the park are the Canada Memorial, Constitution Hill and the Bomber Command Memorial.


London's second biggest conservatory, housing over 2000 specias of tropical plants and trees, as well as exotic fish, the Barbican Conservatory is open most Sundays, but it is advisable to check before you go.


One of Londons oldest parks it was first opened to the public in 1869 and has recently been refurbished.


A historic park with two play areas, planted gardens, woodland and one of the largest lakes in South London. It was landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century.


Regents Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Marys Gardens where you can see more than 30,000 roses.


150 year old ornamental water garden with many statues and a fountain located on the North side of Kensington Gardens.


Parliament Hill forms the Southern part of Hampstead Heath and gives spectacular views of the London sykline.


250 acres of woodland and meadow located on the North Downs at Farnborough near Orpington.


Landscaped park with themed gardens, childrens play area, a deer enclosure and a butterfly house.


Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


This is the largest park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


A 17th Century house with beautiful grounds.


One of the Royal Parks, planted with avenues of trees and ornamental flower beds.


Part of the Lee Valley Regional Park, Three Mills is a conservation area with historic mills and a playground on the Green. There is an information centre in Millar House.


Victoria Park in London opened in 1845 to provide over 80 hectares of open space in the East End of London. Only a mile away from the London Olympic Park, Victoria Park has appeared in many films and television shows.


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


Traditional Edwardian formal park with playground and skate park situated near the centre of Uxbridge.


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


A large park with historic buildings, formal gardens, lakes, 2 play areas and a network of tree lined paths.


Created for the 2012 Olympic games the area is now being transformed. Check the web site before you visit as Attractions are liable to change and subject to different opening times.


A mixed wood and grassland park with a lake and childrens playground.


Greenwich is the oldest of the Royal Parks and features the Wilderness Deer Park, Flower Garden Lake, Rose Garden and Herb Garden. There are free concerts at the bandstand in the summer.


St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.


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


Japanese Garden within Holland Park that was built in 1992 in remembrance of the Japanese Festival held in London that year.


Bruce Castle Park derives its name from the estate from which it was created. The 16th century manor house hosts the Bruce Castle Museum of local history.


This 55 acre park has formal gardens, a riverside walk, a childrens playground and a skatepark.


Listed at Grade II by English Heritage, this historic park is the site of The Crystal Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1936.


The Rookery in Streatham Common is a landscaped area with an ornamental pond, flowers beds, water features and a rock garden. The garden not only looks pretty, it also has areas of woodland that are important for education in the natural world.


Pretty park with an interesting Victorian memorial to commemorate those who died saving others.


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


One of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park has much to be explored including the 7 July Memorial, Princess Diana Fountain, 2 childrens playgrounds and Speakers Corner at the North East corner.


Finsbury is a large park with planted gardens, a childrens playground and a free outdoor gym.


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


Bushey Park and the area around it has been inhabited for the last 4,000 years. Henry VII took over Hampton Court Palace in 1529 and with it gained ownership of Bushy Park, which was established for deer hunting purposes.


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


Opened as a public park in 1905, Springfield Park comprises of 40 acres of landscaped parkland, gardens and conservation areas.


Large open common with 2 childrens play areas, a paddling pool in the summer, flower gardens and the oldest bandstand in greater London.


A large Victorian park with a 1 km riverside promenade, fountains, a lake, formal gardens and a childrens play area.


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


Hyde Park is the largest of the Royal Parks. Famed for historically being a place of political debate, being home to Speaker's Corner where anyone has the right to speak about any topic they wish to discuss. With figures such as Karl Marx, Vladamir Lenin and George Orwell having spoken here amongst countless others, you may well find it worth a visit.

The celebration typically culminates in a flypast from the Royal Air Force, a fitting send off for such a hugely entertaining ceremony. Unfortunately the Trooping the Colour only occurs once per year, but if you are in London at that time, it is well worth getting to St James's Park for, however if you do go to the park at other times of year, you will still be able to enjoy the majesty of this beautiful park in the shadows of the Palace.

Follow the Map link below to see all parks 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.