50 Free Museums in England

Did you know that yesterday was International Museum Day? I did and I was inspired to write a post sharing my love of museums and my favourite and recommended free museums so you can enjoy this too without spending a penny.

I believe that museums make for a great first date or a catch up session with a friend. This is because it’s not as full of pressure as a direct conversation where both of your are eager to fill the awkward silences and it’s not as distracting and loud as a cinema date. The museum is the perfect place that can be as interactive as you like and can dominate the – otherwise awkward – conversation or be background noise to a great day.

Museums are also a fantastic place to take your family out as they’re normally incredibly interactive and thought provoking for kids and adults alike. I hope this list inspires you to find a local museum near you and consider it for your next catch up or date.

London Free Museums

  • V&A / Knightsbridge
  • British Museum / Brompton
  • Museum of London / Smithfield
  • Design Museum / Kensington
  • Science Museum / Knightsbridge
  • Natural History Museum / Knightsbridge
  • National Gallery / Trafalgar Square
  • National Maritime Museum / Greenwich
  • Tate Modern / South Bank
  • National Army Museum / Chelsea
  • British Library / Euston
  • Hampstead Museum / Hampstead
  • Royal Air Force Museum / Kings Cross
  • Wellcome Collection / Kings Cross
  • Museum of London / Smithfield
  • Bank of England Museum / Bank
  • Museum of London Docklands / Canary Wharf
  • Horniman Museum / Forest Hill
  • Imperial War Museum / Lambeth

Manchester Free Museums

  • Museum of Science & Industry / Spinningfields
  • Greater Manchester Police Museum / City Centre
  • Imperial War Museum North / Salford
  • Manchester Museum / Oxford Road
  • National Football Museum / City Centre
  • People’s History Museum / Spinningfields

Birmingham Free Museums

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery / City Centre
  • Thinktank / Millennium Point
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter / Jewellery Quarter
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology / Lapworth

Bristol Free Museums

  • M Shed / Wapping Road
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery / Queens Road
  • The Georgian House Museum / Great George Street
  • Blaise Castle House Museum / Henbury Road
  • Bristol Archives / Smeaton Road
  • Kings Weston Roman Villa / Lawrence Western

Leeds Free Museums

  • Leeds City Museum / Millennium Square
  • Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery / University of Leeds
  • Horsforth Village Museum / Horsforth

Stoke on Trent Free Museums

  • The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery / Hanley
  • Spode Museum / Stoke
  • Brampton Park / Newcastle Under Lyme
  • AirSpace Gallery / Hanley
  • Congleton Museum / Congleton

Other Free Museums

  • The Brighton Fishing Museum / Brighton
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum / Devon
  • Royal Cornwall Museum / Cornwall
  • Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery / Norwich
  • National Museums Liverpool / Liverpool
  • Reading Museum / Reading
  • Museum of Nottingham Life / Nottingham

Leave a comment below if you love museums too and check out my other suggested things to do for free here.

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