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Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.

Don't let the pound weigh you down. Here's a great selection of free things to see and do in and around the United Kingdom. Enjoy.

1. Museums: Many of Britain's best museums and galleries are free to visit. London's British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, V&A, and Tate Modern. Plus, there's Tate Liverpool and the National Museum of Scotland.These are some of the big ones, with hundreds more to discover just about anywhere you go in the country.

2. Historical cathedrals and churches: Step inside many of Britain's fine cathedrals and ancient churches for free. Consider the splendour of Durham Cathedral in Northeastern England or catch King's College Chapel's famous Christmas Eve carol service in Cambridge, an hour from London by train.

3. Scrabo Tower: Climb a true Northern Irish landmark for free - the 125ft-high Scrabo Tower has wondrous views over the sea, just southeast of Belfast.

4. Britain's stunning natural wonders: In Scotland, Ben Nevis is the UK's highest mountain, and can be climbed in four hours along a steady path. Or try and spot Nessie in nearby Loch Ness. In Wales, a short drive west of the capital Cardiff, you'll reach Rhossili Bay, which regularly tops the lists of the world's best beaches.

5. Banksy: While some Banksy works sell for millions, others by the mysterious graffiti artist remain open to all. Follow a Banksy Walking Tour around Bristol to spy some of his best pieces, like The Grim Reaper on a harbourside houseboat.

6. Ground-breaking art: Visit Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, where 100 ghostly, life-size iron figures stand at intervals for half a mile (1km) into the sea. It's an installation by sculptor Antony Gormley called Another Place.

7. Free guided walks: Take in the iconic Royal Crescent in the gorgeous Georgian city of Bath, Southwestern England. Further north, choose between culture and architecture by getting the free Manchester Walking Tours app.

8. Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Immerse yourself into Edinburgh's eclectic and world-famous Fringe Festival, with hundreds of free shows - drama, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and more. When the festival kicks off in August, just stroll along the city's Royal Mile and take your pick.

9. London by pedal: Pick up a bicycle and you're free to explore Britain's scenic cycle routes. An hour from London, the Crab & Winkle Way is a leafy, 7-mile route following a former railway line and links the cathedral city of Canterbury with the oyster-fishing village of Whitstable.

10. Britain's festivals: A London highlight is the famous Notting Hill Carnival that takes over the streets in August, or head to Cardiff Summer Festival - a blur of street theatre, music and funfair rides.

11. Beaghmore Stone Circles: Stonehenge inspired you to explore mysterious stone circles? In Northern Ireland you're free to enter the wild and atmospheric Beaghmore Stone Circles, a 90-minute drive west from Belfast. Look out for the Dragon's Teeth with some 800 separate slabs.

12. The classic Changing of the Guard: One of Britain's classic royal spectacles, the Changing of the Guard ceremonies that take place outside London's Buckingham Palace doesn't cost a penny to view.

13. Doors Open Days: Every weekend in September you'll gain unrivalled free access to heritage sites and buildings all across Scotland.

14. Free castle access: Amazingly, some of Wales's many castles are free to explore, such as little-known Dryslwyn Castle, with fabulous valley views from its regal hilltop perch.