Not all days out have to be hard on the pocket. Here are a few of our favourite, free days out…

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The home of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is now a great place to visit if you’re looking for sporting activities, arts and culture, fresh air, adventure playgrounds, shopping or just relaxing with a cup of coffee. Trail guides are available to help you discover art in the Park, wildlife and of course, London 2012 memories; downloadable from:

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Discover stunning skyline views of up to 20 miles across London from the
ArcelorMittal Orbit’s viewing platforms – also home to the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide. (Disabled visitors are asked to tel: 0333 800 8099 or email: to discuss their needs.) Carers get a free general entry ticket. Visit the website:

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

In 635AD St Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The tidal island is accessed by a paved causeway which is covered by the North Sea twice in every 24 hour period. Disabled visitors should contact the visitor centre to discuss their needs. Tel: 01289 389244 or email: or visit the website:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Garden offers superb panoramic views of the city skyline and Edinburgh Castle. The garden features 10 different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert and the glasshouses are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world. The grounds and glasshouses are largely accessible for wheelchair users. For further advice tel: 0131 248 2909 or email: or visit: