Free & cheap days out | Things to do for free in Britain

Cheap & free days out and activities

Britain on a budget

Explore our ideas for cheap days out, free activities and tips for cheap holidays and UK breaks. Whether you’re looking for things to do for free, cheap hotels and restaurants, cut-price travel, free days out or cheap theatre tickets you’ll find it here.


Free Cardiff

Cardiff is fast becoming one of the most fashionable cities in the United Kingdom. And within the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city there is a wealth of fascinating and free things to do.


Free London

Many visitors to London are pleasantly surprised to discover that Britain’s capital offers an impressive number of totally free museums, attractions, entertainment and events.

Cheap days out for under £15


London day out

The most expensive city in Britain for under £15? We'll show you how to enjoy a cheap day out in...

Cheap days out

Edinburgh day out

Scotland's capital is a must-see. History, culture, tradition and fantastic things to do for under...

Cheap days out

Cardiff day out

Wales's capital is Europe’s youngest capital city. It’s energetic, historic, friendly and...


Family days out

Family holidays can be costly. Give your wallet a break with some ideas for cheap family days out...

Cheap nights out

Despite what you might think, there's no need to spend a fortune to have a great night out in Britain. Here are our top tips for a cheap night out - enjoy!

Cheap theatre & show tickets

Britain has one of the best theatre scenes in the world - who wouldn't want a night out at a fabulous show under the bright lights of the West End?

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  • Things to do
    • Tate Liverpool Source:© e-peps (Flickr)
      Museums & galleries

      From Scotland to the South coast, we’ve got dozens of fabulous free museums just waiting to be discovered. Read on for some of the best.

    • Tower of London
      Tower of London

      Spanning over 900 years of British history, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power.

    • View towards Steel Rigg from Hadrian's Wall in Northumbria, Hadrian's Wall, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England © / Rod Edwards
      Hadrian's Wall

      This World Heritage site consists of the border line of the Roman Empire when it was at its biggest in the 2nd century.

    • Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum Source:s3k
      Natural History Museum

      The Natural History Museum exhibits one of the most important and astonishing natural collections in the world - just wait until you come face to...

    • Blackpool Sands beach Source:stephen jones
      Family beaches

      Britain's coastline stretches for over 9,000 miles and is covered by beautiful beaches and bays where you'll find everything from old-fashioned...

  • Places to stay
    • YHA hostel in Hartington, Derbyshire Source:JR P

      Hostels are one of the cheapest ways to stay in Britain. If you prefer budget accommodation & value over luxury but still want good quality...

    • Campus accommodation Source:borman818
      Campus accommodation

      Students are notoriously thrifty - so why not take a leaf out of their book and stay in campus accommodation? Cheap and well located, campus...

    • Incleborough House Bed and Breakfast in East Runton, Norfolk © Britainonview / Rod Edwards
      Bed & Breakfast

      Staying at a B&B is a great way to experience life in Britain’s local communities. B&B accommodation ranges from basic rooms in a...

    • Camping at Great Langdale Source:Wesley Bowler
      Britain's top 10 camping spots

      Camping is cheap, green, great fun and the best way to get up close and personal with Britain's most sumptuous scenery. So pack up your tent and...

    • Self-Catering accommodation
      Self-catering accommodation

      If you're looking for a home away from home and don't want to get a cheap hotel, why not stay in a self-catering apartment? You'll find all the...

  • Where to eat
    • Cosy interior Cafe Rouge restaurant Source:Copyright Sergey Shpakovsky
      Cheap eats

      Want to find a tasty, cheap meal in Britain? We’ve put together some of Britain’s best budget restaurants so you’ll never have...

    • Cappuccino at Carluccio's Source:© CharmeleonGreen, Flickr
      Michelin star, miniscule prices

      Treat yourself when you come to Britain - eat at a restaurant owned by a Michelin-starred celebrity chef. If you're thinking 'I...

    • Tayyabs restaurant Whitechapel, London Source:Copyright nzbuu
      Britain's best curries

      There are thousands of curry restaurants in the UK – here are just a few of our favourites.

    • The Bell at Sapperton Source: (c) guettier

      These no-nonsense food establishments with a clear emphasis on good food can now be found throughout the UK. Here are 10 worth checking out.