Free London Attractions

Make the most of your stay in the city with these free London attractions.

From London's exquisite parks, to world-class museums such as the Natural History Museum, historic houses, stunning art galleries and free activities for kids, there are some amazing free experiences to be had in London. 

The range of free London attractions is incredible. 

Where else in the world can you meet dinosaurs and creepy crawlies, see portraits of Tudor monarchs, travel back to the Battle of Britain, see Darwin's walking stick and the Lord Mayor's 18th-century gold coach, all without spending a penny?

Here's our pick of the best free attractions in London.

  • Goldsmiths Hall

    Historic Site / House

    Foster Lane, EC2V 6BN [map]

    The Goldsmiths' Company, based at the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, regularly holds exhibitions and events to promote contemporary jewellers and silversmiths.

  • Hyde Park

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    Hyde Park, W2 2UH [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 986 reviews

    Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens.

  • Kensington Gardens, A Royal Park

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    London, W2 2UH [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 222 reviews

    Kensington Gardens is home to Kensington Palace, the peaceful Italian Gardens, the stunning Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery and the Peter Pan themed Princess Diana memorial playground.

  • Natural History Museum

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 1,708 reviews

    Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

  • Old Royal Naval College

    Gold Partner

    Historic Site / House

    King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 14 reviews

    The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London’s most famous landmarks. The ORNC is open daily and is free of charge.

  • Tate Britain

    Gold Partner

    Gallery

    Millbank, SW1P 4RG [map]

    4 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 355 reviews

    London's Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day.

  • Tate Modern

    Gold Partner

    Gallery

    Bankside, SE1 9TG [map]

    4 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 1,210 reviews

    The Tate Modern is London's free national museum of modern and contemporary art. See work by Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse for free and check out the latest big installation in the Turbine Hall.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 2,895 reviews

    Where can you see ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings? Where else but the V&A, the world's greatest museum of art and design.

  • Bushy Park

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0EQ [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 39 reviews

    Bushy is the second largest Royal Park, with an area of 445 hectares (1,099 acres). Located to the north of Hampton Court Palace, it is home to around 320 free-roaming deer.

  • Greenwich Park

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    London, SE10 8QY [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 153 reviews

    Greenwich is the oldest enclosed Royal Park, 74 hectares (183 acres) in area, and is home to a small herd of deer. On top of a hill, visitors enjoy sweeping views across the river Thames and Central London.

  • Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre

    Platinum Partner

    Gallery

    Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 26 reviews

    Discover seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history. Then step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre.

  • Regent's Park and Primrose Hill

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    London, NW1 4NR [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 522 reviews

    Regent’s Park in Central London is home to a stunning rose garden, an open air theatre, ZSL London Zoo, cafés, wildlife, sports areas and plenty of green space for you to relax and enjoy.

  • Richmond Park

    Platinum Partner

    Large Park

    Richmond, TW10 5HS [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 28 reviews

    The largest Royal Park in London (1,000 hectares/2,500 acres), it is home to 650 deer.

  • St James's Park

    Platinum Partner

    Local Park

    London, SW1A 2BJ [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 2,274 reviews

    With royal, political and literary associations, St James’s Park is at the heart of London and covers 23 hectares (58 acres).

  • English Heritage: Kenwood House

    Gold Partner

    Historic Site / House

    Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 45 reviews

    Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is now open. The house, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to enjoy.

  • Bank of England Museum

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    Bartholomew Lane, City of London, EC2R 8AH [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 82 reviews

    This fascinating museum tells the story of the Bank of England since its foundation in1694 to its role in today's economy. There's even a genuine gold bar which may be handled!

  • British Museum

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 6,202 reviews

    Visiting the British Museum in London is free. It's one of the greatest museums in the world!

  • The British Postal Museum & Archive

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    Freeling House/Phoenix Pl, Bloomsbury, WC1X 0DL [map]

    Explore the history of post. Find out about stamps, messages, telegraphs and how British Postal communications shaped the world.

  • The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8EA [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 96 reviews

    The Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Its focus is on the living rooms and gardens of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.

  • IWM London: Imperial War Museum London

    Gold Partner

    Museum

    Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 1,960 reviews

    IWM London is currently closed until 19 July 2014 as we Transform IWM London. Find out more at iwm.org.uk.