If you’re struggling to think of things to do with the kids this summer holiday, why not take them to London for free! From 22nd July until 27th September 2019 children under the age of 12 will be able to travel on-board our commuter services free of charge when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
Not only can your kids travel with you for free onboard our commuter services, you won’t even need to spend a penny for a fun-filled day out with our roundup of free things to do in London.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Their interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
Entry is free, but charges apply for the IMAX 3D Cinema and some special exhibitions and attractions.
Open 10.00-18.00 daily.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
The Natural History Museum
One of the most iconic and impressive buildings in London, the Museum recently reimagined its spectacular Hintze Hall. Discover star specimens such as Hope – a 25-metre blue whale plunging down from the ceiling, a rock as old as the solar system and one of the UK’s most complete dinosaurs.
Other treasures from the Museum’s unique collection of more than 80 million specimens can be seen across its many permanent galleries, which includes one of the world’s most impressive dinosaur exhibitions. The Museum has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions which includes its world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There is also an exciting after-hours events programme featuring early morning yoga, silent discos and dinosaur sleepovers.
With regular family exhibitions, plenty interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there’s something for everyone at the Natural History Museum.
Entry to the Natural History Museum is free. There are admission charges for some of the special exhibitions and events.
Open daily 10.00-17.50. Last admission 17.30. Open late on the last Friday of each month.
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
A day out in London isn’t complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
Entrance for the gallery is free, charges for events/special exhibitions
Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.
World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
Entrance to the Museum is free. A donation of £5 is recommended. There are admission charges for special exhibitions and some events
Open daily 10.00-17.30. Open late on Fridays until 20.30
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Marvel at street performers in Covent Garden. Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance. The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues with a whole host of daily performances you can watch for free!
Entrance to Covent Garden is free
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Free Walking Tour of London
No other tour covers so many major London landmarks! Have your cameras at the ready as you walk past Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, and see where the Queen and Prince Charles live as you stroll past Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces. On this 3-hour walking tour you’ll tick off many of London’s must-see sites.
This is a gratuity-based free walking tour
Tours start every day in front of the Apple Store in Covent Garden and finishes by Westminster Abbey. Please check neweuropetours.eu
for details of tour times
Apple Store, 1-7 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8HB
Camden Market started off as a small arts and crafts fair in the backyard of Dingwalls. Originally it was temporary and only open on Sundays, however its popularity grew fast. Today they are the largest market in London, open seven days a week. Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and intendent stores next to The Regent’s Canal.
Entrance to Camden Market is free
Open daily from 10am until late
Chalk Farm Road, London
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where The Queen’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace to the New Guard. Changing the Guard begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:00 sharp following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James’s Palace and the New Guard led by a Regimental Band from Wellington Barracks.
The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes and we advise that you arrive at Buckingham Palace no later than 10:15 to bag yourself a good spot amongst the crowds.
Watching the Changing of the Guard is free of charge and no tickets are required
Changing of the Guard takes place most days from 11:00. Check changing-guard.com
before your visit
Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
Kids go free when accompanied by a full paying adult on-board our commuter services to London.