Get along to the UK’s top 50 FREE attractions

GoMunkee is a huge advocate of free things for families to see and do around the UK. Whilst we’re focussed on Kent at present, we like to suggest great things for the family to do, further from home.  And we like things that are FREE!  This year, top of the list of the nation’s favourite free attractions is… The Lake District in Cumbria. This pipped the lead over Derbyshire’s Peak District and Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales. Piers, beaches and museums also featured highly in the top 50 list, compiled from a survey of 1,000 UK adults by National Express. In total, 23 museums made the list ranging from world-famous attractions to smaller, regional museums such as the charming Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. All the entries on the list are free, though some, such as cathedrals welcome donations and some museums charge for special exhibitions.

The Nation’s Favourite Free Attractions

  1. The Lake District National Park (Cumbria)
  2. Peak District Hills (Derbyshire)
  3. Snowdonia (North Wales)
  4. Brighton Pier (East Sussex)
  5. Hadrian’s Wall (Multiple counties – the popularity of Game of Thrones has had something to do with this)
  6. Loch Ness (Scottish Highlands)
  7. Newquay’s beaches (Cornwall)
  8. Scarborough beach (North Yorkshire)
  9. Natural History Museum (London)
  10. Royal Air Force Museum Cosford (Shropshire)
  11. Durdle Door (Dorset)
  12. Tie: Worcester Cathedral (Worcestershire) and Covent Garden (London)
  13. Tie: Aysgarth Falls (North Yorkshire) and Norfolk beaches (Norfolk)
  14. The British Museum (London)
  15. Tie: Royal Crescent Bath (Somerset) and Wells Cathedral (Somerset)
  16. Hyde Park (London)
  17. Southwold Pier (Suffolk)
  18. Llandudno Pier (Conwy County)
  19. Tie: Science Museum (London) and Roman Wall of St Albans (Hertfordshire)
  20. Royal Armouries Museum Leeds (Yorkshire)
  21. Titanic walking tour Southampton (Hampshire)
  22. Avebury Stone Circle (Wiltshire)
  23. York Observatory (Yorkshire)
  24. Barry Island Beach (Vale of Glamorgan)
  25. Tie: Arthur’s Seat (Edinburgh) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (West Midlands)
  26. Tie: Stafford Castle (Staffordshire) and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter (Devon)
  27. Tie: National Football Museum (Manchester) Ashemolean Museum Oxford (Oxfordshire) Donnington Castle (Berkshire) Coventry Transport Museum (West Midlands) and Buxton Pleasure Gardens (Derbyshire)
  28. Imperial War Museum (London)
  29. Glen Nevis (Fort William)
  30. Tie: Houses of Parliament (London) and Royal Botanical Gardens (Edinburgh)
  31. Tie: Rochester Cathedral (Kent) and St David’s Cathedral (Pembrokeshire)
  32. Tie: Uffington White Horse (Oxfordshire) and Tring Natural History Museum (Hertfordshire) and Lickey Hills (West Midlands)
  33. Museum of Liverpool (Merseyside)
  34. Tie: Forth Road Bridge (Firth of Forth) and Antrim Castle Gardens (County Antrim)
  35. Tie: Brimham Rocks (North Yorkshire) and Low Force Waterfalls (Tees Valley) St Fagan’s Natural History Museum (Cardiff) and Rhossili Bay (Gower Peninsular)
  36. Papermill Lock and canal side country walks (Essex)
  37. Tie: Redcar beach (North Yorkshire) and Antony Gormley structures Crosby beach (Merseyside) Belfast City Hall and Loch Neagh (Northern Ireland)
  38. Hull Maritime Museum (East Riding) and Thetford Priory (Norfolk)
  39. Tie: Gainsthorpe Medieval Village (Lincolnshire) and Discovery Museum (Tyne and Wear)
  40. Glasgow Museum of Transport 
  41. Tie: National Glass Centre Sunderland (Tyne and Wear) and The National Gallery (London)
  42. Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum (Glasgow) and Belfast Botanical Gardens and Palmhouse
  43. Silchester Roman Walls and Ampitheatre (Hampshire)
  44. Tie: Elvaston Castle Country Park (Derbyshire) and Bolton Steam Museum (Cumbria)
  45. Tate Modern (London) and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (Northamptonshire)
  46. Tie: Banksy walking tour (Bristol) and Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort William (Scottish Highlands) and Whiterocks beach (County Antrim)
  47. Royal Pump Rooms Museum and Art Gallery Leamington Spa (Warwickshire)
  48. Rufford Abbey (Nottinghamshire)
  49. Mumbles Pier (Swansea)

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