25 free attractions

Who said travel had to cost the earth? Here are 25 fabulous travel attractions. And the best bit? They’re absolutely free!

Bondi Beach, Sydney Pronounced ‘Bond-ai’, Bondi is one of the world’s most famous beaches. Roughly 1km long, the beach is patrolled by legendary lifeguards who make swimmers stay between the yellow and red flags.

Bonfire Night, Lewes There’s no better place to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night then Lewes in East Sussex. Spend November 5 there and you’ll soon see why.

City Circle Tram, Melbourne Melbourne's famous 'W' Class City Circle tram takes tourists on a free (yes you read that right) tour around the Central Business District (CBD) where many of the most popular tourist attractions are. Someone has done their homework here – gold star.

Hogmanay, Edinburgh Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? Edinburgh’s street party is one of the largest in the world and the place to be when midnight chimes.

Las Vegas Strip Everyone loves Las Vegas, the desert oasis famed for its glitz, glamour and for offering tourists one helluva good time. Stroll the length of the strip, stopping off to watch the dancing fountains outside the Bellagio –high profile past guests include the Rat Pack.

London’s Royal Parks 30 per cent of the UK’s capital is given over to green space so wherever you find yourself in the city, a park is never far away.  Parks worth a visit include Hyde Park with its Sunday soapbox orators, Regents Park with its secret nooks and crannies, Primrose Hill and Greenwich.

Red Light District (RLD), Amsterdam Seedy, yes, but the ‘dam’s RLD is as much a ‘must see’ as the canals and coffee shops.  Interestingly only five percent of the women working in the red-light district were born in the Netherlands; the majority come from the former Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries.

Sacre Coeur, Paris This church with its famous white architecture is one of Paris’ most romantic spots – and it won’t cost you a penny!

Sydney Harbour Bridge Affectionately known as the ‘coat-hanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous city’s most iconic sights and the first port of call for most Poms. While it costs to climb the bridge, you can walk across for free.

Tate Modern, London One of the UK’s most popular attractions since it was created in 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art – and it’s all for free!

Venice Carnival This congregation of masked people began in the 15th century and is still going strong today. Tourists are encouraged to don a mask and join the cloaked and masked figures touring around town. However if you’d rather just watch, that’s fine – and free.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpar Towering 451.9m into the skyline, the 88 story towers successfully blend western modernism with Islamic features and were the world’s tallest freestanding twin structures until Taipei 101 took the title in 2004. It’s still a sensational sight to behold and completely gratis!

Oktoberfest, Munich Some six million people attend Bavaria’s big October occasion. The beer doesn’t come free but there’s nothing to stop you soaking up the atmosphere at Oktoberfest – one of Germany’s most popular events.

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Without a doubt, Trinidad hosts one of the world’s hottest carnivals and anyone can participate. If you want to be schooled in partying, this is where you come...

Notting Hill Carnival, London Closer to home there’s Notting Hill Carnival which originally started as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival. Today it’s Europe’s biggest street festival offering live bands, sound-systems, street food and dancing while remaining true to its Caribbean roots.

Miami Beach The beach is the glue binding South Beach society and deservedly so; Miami Beach is one of the best beaches in the States. Top up your tan while watching a parade of scantily clad beauties walking or roller blading by.

Mardi Gras, New Orleans The most famous of all the Mardi Gras celebrations. Expect music, food and parades with elaborate costumes and colourful, creative floats.

Great Wall of China One of the wonders of the modern world, the Great Wall of China stretches some 5,500 miles from east of China to the west. The wall, the world's largest man-made structure, was built to protect the northern border of the Chinese Empire and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Central Park, New York Created in the 1860s and 1870s as a leisure space for all New Yorkers regardless of creed, colour or class, the ‘people’s park’ is still one of the Big Apple’s most popular attractions.

Dubrovnik, Croatia George Bernard Shaw once said that “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it”. Roam around the medieval Croatian city – nicknamed ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’ – and you’ll soon see what Shaw was getting at.

The Bund, Shanghai Shanghai’s famous river promenade is fabulous – and free!

Sunrise at Uluru Voluntary rising out of bed at 4am while on holiday might not sound appealing but it’s worth it to see Uluru (also referred to as Ayers Rock) at sunrise. Climbing Uluru is a popular attraction but refrain out of respect for the rock and the aboriginal people.

Full moon Party, Koh Pha Ngan Let your hair down at Thailand’s legendary beach party which is held on full moon night every month.

Parc Guell, Barcelona Designed by Barcelona’s favourite son, Gaudi, the park is considered one of his most colourful and playful works. UNESCO declared Guell Park a World Heritage site in 1984.

Grand Canyon, Nevada Skip the strip and head to the Grand Canyon – this great chasm was carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau.

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