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.


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


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


A Victorian Grade II listed park that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Park with lakes, fountains, 2 childrens play areas and a skatepark.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


Park with 2 childrens play areas, a multi-use sports pitch, a skatepark and a free outdoor gym.


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


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


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


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


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


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


Eight acres of gardens, with a lake, conservatory, meadow and arboretum.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Three storeys of landscaped public gardens.


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


St Dunstan, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, lived between 909 and 988 is paid tribute by the Garden of St Dunstan In The East, a public garden created out of the devastation of a medieval church, leaving just the exterior standing.


A 17th Century house with beautiful grounds.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Over 250 acres of traditional Middlesex countryside surrounded by suburbia.


Primrose Hill rises to 78 metres on the Northern end of Regents Park.


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.


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


This Victorian local park has a bandstand and childrens playground.


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.


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


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


Pleasant gardens with a childrens playground at the foot of the London Eye.


A restored Victorian park and open common.


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.


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


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


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


Garden overlooking the Thames close to Richmond town centre.


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


Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


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


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


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.


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


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.

More recently, Hyde Park has become known for it's staging of music concerts, having had such massive acts as the Rolling Stones, Queen, Blur and Paul McCartney play there over the years. The park also plays host to London's "Winter Wonderland" festival, an annual event where the park is filled with Christmas themed attractions and trade stalls on the banks of the Serpentine, one of the two beautiful lakes found within the park.

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.