Where to find London’s top free galleries

With so many amazing museums and art galleries to explore in London, it’s no wonder the city is held in such high regard by culture vultures around the world. What’s even better is that so many of the capital’s top exhibition centres are free to look around, so there really is no excuse not to take advantage of some of the wonderful displays on offer next time you’re in town.

Arguably the city’s most iconic art gallery, the Tate Modern can be found on the South Bank, at the end of the Millennium Bridge. While it regularly hosts ticketed exhibitions by the world’s top contemporary artists, it is also home to a number of rooms that are completely free to explore, with some of the most exciting examples of modern art in the gallery’s collection on show in these areas.

Tate Modern
Fans of photography, meanwhile, may want to head to the aptly named Photographer’s Gallery on Ramillies Street, which can be found just a short walk away from Oxford Circus tube station. Aside from its intriguing collection of images from some of the most famous photographers on the planet, the venue is also known for its wonderful bookshop, where you can pick up all sorts of photography-related items.

Several of Europe’s most highly-acclaimed museums can be found in London, and while temporary exhibits might be ticketed, the permanent displays at most of these venues are free. The Natural History Museum, for example, is home to some exhilarating artefacts, with full-scale replicas of dinosaur skeletons among the highlights of the free collections. Just next door is the Science Museum, where visitors can see real-life lunar landing modules – among many other amazing items – without paying a penny.

Both the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, where you’ll also find the equally popular Victoria and Albert Museum.

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