London’s Top Free Attractions

Sightseeing & Attractions   |   May 11, 2016


No matter how limited your budget, there is plenty to do in London from photo opportunities with guardsmen to strolling along one of the most historic rivers in the world, visiting a museum or exploring street culture. Many free to visit London landmarks are easily accessible from some of the Best Youth Hostels in London.


Take in some culture at the world famous British Museum where incredible artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone, a stunning collection of Ancient Egyptian mummies and the beautiful Parthenon sculptures can be seen.  Explore some of the smaller galleries and see unusual items like the exquisite gold clocks and objects such as the gold sailing ship designed to be placed in the centre of a dining table.


Relax for a while in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s most iconic landmarks.  At the centre of the square is Nelson’s Column which was built between 1840 -1843 in honour of Admiral Nelson who led the English fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.  Trafalgar Square is a popular meeting and social place, often used for festivals, political demonstrations and celebrations including the New Year’s Eve festivities.


The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square houses one of the most important collections of Western European paintings in the world.  This where you can find paintings by great painters like Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Van Gogh, Titian and Stubbs.  Most of the works of art can be seen free of charge, you only have to pay if you want to go into one of the special exhibitions.


Just round the corner from the National Gallery is the National Portrait Gallery containing images of kings and queens and historic figures who have made a significant impact on British life.  From Winston Churchill to Richard III, Queen Elizabeth to Elizabeth Fry, this is a superb collection of portraits.


If your preference is for modern and contemporary art, then visit the Tate Modern on Bankside not far from Via Limehouse Hostel London. A massive building that was formerly a power station, it is now occupied with galleries representing the best in contemporary art styles.


Crossing over to Kensington, there are three great museums here all of which are free of charge to enter.  The National History Museum has a collection of fossils, dinosaurs as well as the biggest, tallest and most unusual animals from around the world.  The Science Museum is home to displays on a vast range of topics including space travel, electricity and transport.  Find out all about the scientific advances made over the past 300 years.   The Victoria and Albert Museum focuses on art and design of every kind from textiles to ceramics, jewelry to sculpture.  Items on display are drawn from all over the world, and it is world renowned for its collections of costumes, textiles, ceramics. 


Don’t forget too that there are some superb buildings to be seen around the city.  Admire the beauty of Big Ben and listen to its iconic chimes on the hour, every hour.  Take your picture alongside the cavalry on duty at Horse Guards and discover the magic of London’s royal parks. 


Explore these wonderful places by staying in London youth hostels as they are the most economical answer to many accommodation problems. 

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