Inside museum with glass roof and white walls. People milling about.
The British Museum is one of many museums across the city that you can visit for free.
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Budget Travel London: Priceless Experiences You'll Remember Forever

4. Look at the Art

Unlike other large cities, free museums in London abound, from the popular British Museum, to the more obscure British Postal Museum. In fact, these are largely what make London such a cheap UK holiday! Whether you like classic or unique, there’s a museum (or five) for you.

The only money you’ll shell out is for donations or to bring home a souvenir from the gift shop.

You could easily spend your whole trip just visiting museums with no admission fee. It’s perfect for those traveling with little ones, because children can get a taste of culture for however long their attention spans hold, and you’ll always get your money’s worth.

It’s also a great way to fill some free time in your schedule without having to wait in long queues or spend money on entry costs.

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Guards wearing red jackets and tall black hats playing trumpets.There are many British sites you can see for free, such as watching the Changing of the Guards.Photo Credit: Getty Images

5. Immerse Yourself in Tradition

You don’t need to spend money to see the best a city has to offer. As fun as a tour can be, you can be your own tour guide and see amazing British sites and activities on your own that cost absolutely nothing: Changing of the Guards, Ceremony of the Keys and the Horse Guards Parade.

You’ll just need to plan your days around these, since they have specific days and times they occur.

It is easy to see London’s landmarks getting to and from these events. Walk across Tower Bridge, admire Big Ben, explore Picadilly, duck into Harrod’s department store to explore the food stalls and take a break in Trafalgar Square.

There are plenty of budget eats as well that are still considered to be some of the best restaurants in London — food is undoubtedly a part of the culture in any place you’ll visit, so you’ll want to partake.

When you’re on a budget, adding free activities to your trip can help you save money, but also allow you to do more. And sometimes, the things that cost nothing turn out to be the ones that stick out most in your mind when you look back on your vacation.

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