5 Free Places to Visit this Half Term in the Midlands

Half-term is just around the corner and as we know it can often cost a fortune to have a day out. We have found 5 places with Free entry that you could visit this half-term, make yourself a pack lunch and you have a free day out!

Coventry Transport Museum

Address: Coventry City Centre:
Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

Admission Price:  FREE

Opening Times:  10am to 5pm daily (last admission 4.30pm)

Open every day of the year except 24 – 26 December and 1 January.

  • Esquires Coffee House
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Accessible toilets on both floors of the Museum
  • Baby changing
  • Buggy Park
  • Lockers (£1 fee)
  • Lifts
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pay and display car parking can be found at Cox Street car park, which is opposite the Coventry sports centre, Bishop Street car park at the rear of the Museum and also at Belgrade Plaza.
  • Disabled parking is available on request; please contact the Museum during the week to arrange.
Things to Do:
  • The Museum is full of all sorts of amazing road transport from the Victorian era to more recent times.
  • Fun sounds buttons to press
  • Colouring in
  • Activity sheets
  • Tours
  • Driving
  • Coventry Blitz Experience
  • Ghost Town
  • 999 Family Day 26th May 

Twitter:  @CovTM

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

Lapworth fossil

Address:  University of Birmingham

Admission Price:  FREE

Opening Times:  

Monday to Friday  9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm


  • Refreshments are readily available on the University campus during weekdays. At weekends, limited refreshments can be obtained from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, or in nearby Selly Oak.; please contact the Museum during the week to arrange.
  • Disabled parking is available outside the Museum, and there is horizontal access throughout

  • Fossil Collection
  • Palaeontology Collections
  • Mineralogy Collections
  • Map Collections
  • Historical Collections

Creswell Crags

Address:  Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre
Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, S80 3LH

Admission Price:  FREE

There is no charge to visit Creswell Crags site or to walk around the lake and gorge.
Exhibition Entry - £3 adults, £2 concessions, £1.50 children

Ice Age Cave Tour (including Exhibition Entry) - £6.50 adults, £5 concessions, £4.50 children

Rock Art Cave Tour  (March to September only, including Exhibition Entry) - £8 adults, £7 concessions, £6 children

Both Cave Tours (including Exhibition Entry) - £13 adults, £11 concessions, £8 children

Opening Times:  

March - September: 10.00am - 5.30pm
October - February: 10.00am - 4.30pm
February - October: Everyday
November - January: Saturdays and Sundays Only
Cave tours run at weekends and during Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire school holidays only.

  • Disabled and Family Parking
  • Mobility Scooter
  • Baby Changing
  • Picnic  Area
  • Coffee Shop

Things to Do:
  • Visit the Creswell Gorge
  • Cave tours
  • Walk around the lakes
  • Exhibition centre

Facebook: Creswell Crags
Twitter:  @CreswellCrags

Sherwood Forest

Major Oak

NG21 9HN

Admission Price:  FREE

Car parking charges apply at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre every day during Nottinghamshire's school holidays. Charges also apply at weekends and Bank Holidays from Friday 29 March 2013 to Friday 22 December 2013.

Opening Times:  

The park opens seven days per week.
Summer Opening hours:  Shops and catering:  10.00 am to 5.00pm daily
Visitor Information Office including mobility scooter hire:  10.00am to 4pm daily
Wider park facilities:  10.00 am to dusk daily

  • Wheelchair and scooter loan
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Forest Table Restaurant

Things to Do:
  • See the Major Oak
  • Waymarked trails

Pickford’s House Museum


41 Friar Gate, Derby city centre.

Admission Price:  FREE

Opening Times:  

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 13.00 – 16.00
Bank Holiday Mondays: CLOSED

Things to Do:

Mini Beast Hunt ,Wednesday 29th May 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00
Time Travel Day, 31st May 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00
TIME2013 Time Trial (50p per child)

Twitter:  @derbymuseums

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