The first thing that surprises many visitors to the UK is that most things, including train travel, accommodation, and most entrance fees, are hideously expensive. Persevere, however, and it also becomes apparent that a whole range of activities and attractions in Britain are unaccountably free.
Forget Stonehenge – try Avebury
Visitors to the iconic standing stones at Stonehenge are charged for entry, before being shuttled to the site and herded behind rope barriers to claim distant views only. Head instead to the equally impressive stones at Avebury, barely 15 miles away. Here sheep graze amongst an even greater set of standing stones, there’s no entry fee and you can wander around at will.
Take in a major museum
The smaller UK museums often charge – but the largest, and most impressive, rarely do. The Museum of Natural History, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum and even the British Museum are all absolutely free to enter – meaning even the Rosetta Stone is within a freetard’s reach.
Indulge in some Art
Many of the world’s most impressive art collections are on display in Britain – and most of them are also free. The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern are just some of the world-class collections free to explore. For a more intimate experience there are also smaller galleries that are also free: the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House and the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park.
Take a ride to a Park
Though it’s known for its ancient buildings, London is also blessed with a whole series of Royal Parks, tranquil city-centre oases that remain, even now, resolutely free. In the centre of the city St James Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are perhaps the most famous. Head east to Greenwich Park, rich with maritime history, while go west for Richmond Park, where herds of deer roam free.
Take a flutter on the Tables
London has some famous casinos but they tend to need membership – or very deep pockets – to enter. Best to visit an online casino like Casino.com where there’s no charge to enter, no dress requirements and practice play is always free. More important, you can prepare yourself! learn the rules, the strategies, get some tips and practice.
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Copyright © 2016 Lucy Barker