Enjoy the UK's best cities for free


1st Jan 2015 Travel

Enjoy the UK's best cities for free

The UK has a whole host of things to do for free and there are a number of websites dedicated to bringing you the best. Take a look at our guide to some of our favourite UK cities.

Where to find Fun for Free

If you live in a city, then finding free entertainment couldn’t be easier. There are concerts in churches, plenty of sporting fixtures, galleries and gigs, lectures and museum tours. Most cities have listings of what’s on for free on the internet; all you have to do is search. 


theoracle.co.uk is a website that covers ‘what’s on’ in Edinburgh. Its menu includes music, comedy and children’s events and there’s also a link to free things to do in and around the city. In any one month, you’ll find a range of musical offerings, exhibitions, lectures and walks. Information on this user-friendly site is regularly updated, and you can search by time frame (this week or month), event name or venue.

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If you live in or near London and have access to the internet, you’ll discover a bewildering choice of free entertainment. The Londonist is a witty website that offers daily and weekly breakdowns of the best free and cheap events in the city. Categories include art, comedy, music, food and drink, theatre, festivals and talks. Head over to londonist.com for the latest schedule of affordable entertainment. Time Out’s website (timeout.com/london) also has lots of information about free fun in the lively capital.

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Cardiff has a surprising amount of things to do including searching for dolphins, geocaching and a wonderful summer festival. It doesn't stop there. Visit Wales has a really comprehensive list of things to do and see for free, it is well worth a visit. For family friendly listings click here.


Although Belfast itself has a lot of fantastic things to so (all of which can be found on the Discover Northern Ireland website). Might we suggest coming equipped with a car and some outdoor gear and go exploring the Kilinchy area. These small islands here a quite magical. If any of these areas look a little familiar, it might be because this is the location where Game Of Thrones is filmed.

Also, this place is used for much of the filming for the series line of duty. If you’re a fan, you may notice some key locations during your stay, they’re highlighted in this line of duty virtual tour.


Manchester is probably one of the top creative hubs of England (if not the UK). If you need any further convincing then head over to Creative Tourist where you can find bags of day time and night time entertainment that's easy on the pocket. While you're there you can also check out Liverpool and Sheffield.

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Swansea Bay arguably hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in Wales, and you can see most of them by following the Wales Coast Path. For a spot of culture there's the Dylan Thomas Centre, and to step back in time, the forgotten Victorian paradise Penllergare Valley Woods. Swansea Bay's website is packed with stunning things to do.


If Manchester is the creative hub of England then Glasgow has to be the creative hub of Scotland. You can visit Scotland’s only centre for architecture and design at The Lighthouse, or go over to the Gallery of Modern Art, and then there's the wonderful and weird Hunterian Museum. For a low down on the best of free Glasgow, take a look at Visit Scotland.

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