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7 things to do for free: Great Britain

Stingy staycationers rejoice – there’s plenty to do in the UK for free. Here’s our top pick…

Spot dolphins off the coast of Scotland (Dave Conner)

1. Ogle opera

London’s Royal Opera House hosts free lunchtime recitals on Mondays, at noon (next season: 13 Sep-31 Jan). Reserve tickets online or ‘buy’ on the day, from 10am.

2. Play Pooh sticks

Chuck twigs in rivers at Pooh’s favourite spot, Ashdown Forest. Download free Winnie-related walks.

3. Walk with Jane Austen

Download a literary-themed MP3 audio tour of Bath for your iPod from www.visitbath.co.uk/janeausten/audio-tour, a 90-minute romp round Austen’s inspirations.

4. Watch classic movies

Derby’s cool new QUAD centre is home to BFI Mediatheque, a library of TV and film gems. Book a two-hour slot in one of the booths for nowt.

5. Go down t’ pit

Plunge 90m into a real mine at the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Torfaen. www.museumwales.ac.uk

6. Spot dolphins

The spit in Scotland’s Moray Firth is one of the best dolphin-watching spots in Europe: pods of 130 can be seen.

7. Yomp round York

Two-hour guided walking tours run by local volunteers leave from Exhibition Square daily at 10.15am.

From Frommer’s 'Britain For Free' guide (£12.99), out now

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