Great 'Free UK Museums & Galleries' Hunt

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On chilly, rain-lashed winter weekends, there’s nothing better than an inspiring day inside a museum. So we want to tap MoneySavers for their favourite free UK museums and art galleries.

Don’t just think London; we’d like to hear about free museums and art galleries across the UK, especially in big cities. Just free entry for kids, not adults, is fine too.



  • Plenty across Scotland for St Andrew's Day weekend.

    and for those not so rain-lashed days Edinburgh Zoo is free for kids for the month of November with a voucher downloaded from here...
  • leveller2911
    leveller2911 Posts: 8,061 Forumite
    My favourite Freebie so far is RAF Cosford. The Museum is excellant for adults and children alike.
    Lots and lots of "hands-on" educational stuff to do to.....Theres a whole hangers worth or art to look at too.

    Would also add that the staff are really helpful , friendly and good with kids....
  • In Hull all museums and the art gallery are free for everyone. The Ferens art gallery, Wilberforce house, Street life whaling museum, Grammar school and the transport museums all completely free there;s a good days work there
  • Obviously various London museums, but the York Castle Museum is free for under fives or for residents with a York Card.

    Also National Railway Museum at York is free for adults and children (except during special events), as is York Art Gallery.

    Lancaster City Museum is free, and Judges' Lodgings Museum is free to accompanied children.

    Finally, Ribchester Roman Museum is free for under 5s (and very very cheap to get into otherwise!)
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  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free

    Ikon gallery in Birmingham is free

    National Museum Cardiff is free
  • sarahf191979
    sarahf191979 Posts: 3,077 Forumite
    edited 3 November 2009 at 11:39PM
    Police Museum Manchester (Newton Street Near Piccadilly Gardens)
    and is FREE (But only Open Tuesdays 10.30pm - 15.30pm)
    Well worth a Visit,More Details here.

    And The Museum of Science + Industry is also Free in Castlefield,Manchester.

    Also Near me in Ashton-Under-Lyne,Lancs is Portland Basin also FREE
    (Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 17.00pm)

    and The Town Hall in Ashton-Under-Lyne has Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Also FREE (Mon-Sat 10.00am - 16.00pm)
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  • doughnut12
    doughnut12 Posts: 1 Newbie
    edited 9 November 2009 at 4:14PM
    :rotfl:Would highly recommend the World Museum in Liverpool. It is free for all the family, even adults. The planetarium inside the museum is also free with a variety of shows, but you do need to get tickets on arrival from the Information Desk. The staff are all very helpful. There is even an inside picnic area so you can save even more money by taking your own food. We especially enjoyed the aquarium, Egyptian display and all the stuffed insects and animals.

    Another recommendation is the Science Museum in Manchester. Again totally free for all the family, but parking can be expensive in the city centre. There is lots of hands on stuff for the children to explore.
  • BizzyMum_2
    BizzyMum_2 Posts: 1 Newbie
    edited 9 November 2009 at 3:51PM
    Plenty to do in Manchester!!
    My personal Fav is Manchester Museum on Oxford Rd. Its part of the university and has soooo much to look at from Egyptology to a whole 2 floors of every knid of animal whcih have been stuffed! Also a life size T-Rex called Stan!!. The kids absolutly love this place as do i! All free! And once a month they have THE BIG SATURDAY for children and each month is a different topic and they get to play, make things, touch and learn all sorts off new and intresting things. As well as all this they have things for the Adults during the days and at night they have special guests, debates, and sometimes music!
    Can you tell i adore this place!!! :j

    Also Manchester science and industry museum is free and the transport museum they all have great activities intresting for young and old!!

    Urbis is also free in the city centre they change exhibits on a regular basis.

    Plus more!!!!
    So much to see and do in Manchester and lots of it is free!! :T
  • National Football Museum (Preston,Lancs) FREE

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is brilliant. Admission free. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays has free guided tours. Also stages great events for children during school holidays.
    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is great to visit and free tours lasting approx 1 hour.
    Also Aston Hall
    Blakesley Hall
    Sarehole Mill
    Soho House

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