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Days out can be expensive. But there are thousands of places to visit, and things to see, in Britain that won’t cost you a penny – particularly if you’re prepared to explore, though some are very accessible indeed. So, a new category has been added to A Bit About Britain’s attraction directory. ‘Free access’ means you should be able to see the attraction without making payment to do so. Where this applies to attractions like castles and museums, it means free entry. You may still have to pay for car parking, or entry to a separate visitor centre, but access to the main attraction should be free. Most places that do not charge entry – churches and museums are good examples – welcome donations, of course. Restrictions might also apply – some free museums and art galleries charge for access to special exhibitions; or there may be a charge for entry into particular parts of a building – like a cathedral tower, even though visitor access to the main part of the cathedral may be free (an increasing number of cathedrals, regrettably, charge for visitor entry).
You may ask why A Bit About Britain does not show entry charges? The simple reason is that the directory could not possibly be kept up to date. However, the listing in the attraction directory will always include a link to the appropriate website, if there is one – and there you will find current entry charges, along with opening times, from the attraction’s own website. Some places have very limited opening times; always check before making a special trip.
More than half of the 600+ attractions listed so far on A Bit About Britain have free access. Although this is a small fraction of the places that can be visited in Britain, I hope it will provide some modest assistance in helping you plan your trip, or day out. More entries are being added as time permits – I’ll let you know when we reach 1,000… Meanwhile, look out for a special feature on free London, currently being compiled.