The UK’s best-loved free attractions
National Express is lifting the lid on the UK’s best loved free attractions – in a drive to help people enjoy the Easter break affordably.
The UK’s largest coach operator, which covers the length and breath of the UK with its unrivalled national network of services, has revealed the most popular free attractions in the country – as voted for by the Great British public.
It is hoped the list, compiled from a survey of a thousand people, will inspire people to explore the amazing things the UK has to offer free of charge over the holidays.
It seems Brits love nothing more than the great outdoors, with the top three spots dominated by our country’s stunning natural attractions, and the Lake District topping the list.
Thirteen beaches – and seaside attractions – ranging from Barry Island beach, as made famous in the hit show Gavin and Stacey, to Brighton Pier on the south coast, to the haunting Anthony Gormley structures on Crosby beach in the north west are included.
In a boon for the regions, only one of the top ten spots is taken by a London attraction, with the Natural History Museum in at number nine.
In total, twenty three museums make the list ranging from world-famous attractions to smaller, regional museums such as the charming Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.
All the entries on the list are free, though some, such as cathedrals welcome donations.
National Express Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “They say the best things in life are free and we hope our list inspires people to get out and explore somewhere new this Easter – without breaking the bank”.
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National top fifty free attractions
- The Lake District (Cumbria)
- Peak District Hills (Derbyshire)
- Snowdonia (North Wales)
- Brighton Pier (East Sussex)
- Hadrian’s Wall (Multiple counties)
- Loch Ness (Scottish Highlands)
- Newquay’s beaches (Cornwall)
- Scarborough beach (North Yorkshire)
- Natural History Museum (London)
- Royal Air Force Museum Cosford (Shropshire)
- Durdle Door (Dorset)
- Worcester Cathedral (Worcestershire) and Covent Garden Market (London)
- Tie: Aysgarth Falls (North Yorkshire) and Norfolk beaches (Norfolk)
- The British Museum (London)
- Royal Crescent Bath (Somerset) and Wells Cathedral (Somerset)
- Hyde Park (London)
- Southwold Pier (Suffolk)
- Llandudno Pier (Conwy County)
- Science Museum (London) and Roman Wall of St Albans (Hertfordshire)
- Royal Armouries Museum Leeds (Yorkshire)
- Titanic walking tour Southampton (Hampshire)
- Avebury Stone Circle (Wiltshire)
- York Observatory (Yorkshire)
- Barry Island Beach (Vale of Glamorgan)
- Tie: Arthurs seat (Edinburgh) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (West Midlands)
- Tie: Stafford Castle (Staffordshire) and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter (Devon)
- Tie: National Football Museum (Manchester) Ashemolean Museum Oxford (Oxfordshire) Donnington Castle (Berkshire)Coventry Transport Museum (West Midlands) and Buxton Pleasure Gardens (Derbyshire)
- Imperial War Museum (London)
- Glen Nevis (Fort William)
- Houses of Parliament (London) and Royal Botanical Gardens (Edinburgh)
- Rochester Cathedral (Kent) and St David’s Cathedral (Pembrokeshire)
- Tie: Uffington White Horse (Oxfordshire) and Tring Natural History Museum (Hertfordshire) and Lickey Hills (West Midlands)
- Museum of Liverpool (Merseyside)
- Forth Road Bridge (Firth of Forth) and Antrim Castle Gardens (County Antrim)
- Brimham Rocks (North Yorkshire) and Low Force Falls (Tees Valley)
- St Fagan’s Natural History Museum (Cardiff) and Rhossilli Bay (Gower Peninsular)
- Papermill Lock and canal side country walks (Essex)
- Redcar beach (North Yorkshire) and Anthony Gormley structures Crosby beach (Merseyside) Belfast City Hall and Loch Neagh (Northern Ireland)
- Hull Maritime Museum (East Riding) and Thetford Priory (Norfolk)
- Gainsthorpe Medieval Village (Lincolnshire) and Discovery Museum (Tyne and Wear)
- Museum of Transport Glasgow
- National Glass Centre Sunderland (Tyne and Wear) and The National Gallery (London)
- Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum (Glasgow) and Belfast Botanical Gardens and Palmhouse
- Silhester Roman Walls and Ampitheatre (Hampshire)
- Tie: Elvaston Country Park (Derbyshire) and Bolton Steam Museum (Cumbria)
- Tate Modern (London) and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (Northamptonshire)
- Banksy walking tour (Bristol) and Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort William (Scottish Highlands) and Whiterocks beach (County Antrim)
- Royal Pump Rooms Museum and Art Gallery Leamington Spa (Warwickshire)
- Rufford Abbey (Nottinghamshire)
- Mumbles Pier (Swansea)