London is a fantastically diverse and vibrant city, packed with plenty of amazing history, culture, sports and more. But best of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great time in the capital, as many of its best attractions are often free to enter and enjoy.
A visit to one of London’s top museums is great whatever your age – whether you’re looking for an inspiring change of scene while you’re travelling to the city on your own, or want an engaging place to take the kids. For visitors staying at the Hotel Hyde Park International, you’ll find many of the city’s most popular museums in easy reach, making it the ideal location for an affordable day out.
Read on for a rundown on some of the best free museums in the capital to visit on a day out.
The British Museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions, with 6.8 million people walking through its doors every year. It’s not hard to see why – the museum has over 8 million artefacts in its collection, spanning human history from all over the globe.
There are 60 galleries across the entire museum that are free to enter at any time, in addition to any special events or exhibitions they may be holding. You can take a worldwide tour, exploring ancient Egyptian sculpture, art from the European Enlightenment, mythic pieces from Ancient Greece and stunning artwork from Asia.
With so much to see throughout the museum, it’s worth a whole day in itself. If you’re planning a weekend in the city, check out Special Deals London Hotels for a great value trip to the capital.
Victoria and Albert Museum
A short Tube ride or walk away from the Hotel Hyde Park International takes you to the hub of some of the most popular and prestigious museums in London, including the V&A. With a world-famous collection spanning the history of art and design across the globe, the V&A is a great place to visit when you want to discover more about human art and culture through the ages.
Explore 5,000 years of human creativity through the museum’s illustrious collections, which include exquisite designer clothing made by the world’s leading designers, ancient jewellery, historic sculptures, stunning manuscripts and more.
After a fascinating walk around the museum, treat yourself to a visit to the great café for a snack or a meal – it’s the perfect place to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
If you’re curious about the history of medicine and humanity, then the Wellcome Collection is a great place to visit. Featuring a fascinating collection of exhibits that explore the history of science and medicine through the ages, it’s an insightful and surprising museum to explore.
As well as regularly changing collections, the Wellcome also has an immense library to browse through or enjoy some quiet time. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a science-minded friend or family member, check out their brilliant gift shop, which is packed with intriguing books, quirky toys and inspiring jewellery and accessories with a scientific twist.
For lovers of great design, a trip to the Design Museum is a must. Located on Kensington High Street, it’s easy to reach from Hyde Park Accommodation and promises a fun few hours for visitors of all ages.
The museum celebrates innovative and inventive design throughout history and is a great place to learn more about the role that good design has in our day to day lives. Discover more about the history and evolution of signs, inventive design solutions for the future, the role of different materials in the objects and spaces that shape our homes and environments, and much more.
The museum itself is a design masterpiece, with great spaces to explore and relax in. Keep an eye out for the brilliant roof above, which boasts an award-winning curved design.
Natural History Museum
A stunning Victorian landmark in its own right, the Natural History Museum is one of the most rewarding and exciting museums in the city. There is a huge range of things to see and do here, with plenty to entertain curious minds, whatever your age.
Look out for awe-inspiring exhibits that take you back to the age of the dinosaurs, or reach out into space with ancient artefacts that date back to the creation of the Earth. If you love animals, you can explore countless exhibits that give you an up close and personal look at some of the most interesting creatures on the planet, while the museum’s collection of artefacts on human evolution takes you on an incredible journey through humanity’s own timeline.
With plenty to see and do around the museum, it’s worth leaving ample time to explore it at your leisure. Look out for Special Deals London Hotels to make the most of your stay in the city, and save more.
Museum of London
As well as being a city that is home to countless treasures, London itself has a rich and fascinating history of its own too, dating back to the Roman era and beyond. The Museum of London is the perfect place to find out more about the diverse history of the capital, taking you on a captivating journey into its past. You’ll find a great variety of exhibits, as well as regular gallery tours to help you get a deeper insight into the collections on display.
Learn more about the prehistoric roots of the city, and the beasts that roamed the area before humans came on the scene. Discover the ancient temples that were discovered underground, and experience the city’s many complex stories brought to life through well-designed exhibits, taking you from medieval London to the bustling Victorian era, to the important developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, that have shaped London into the world-leading city it is today.