5 Things to Do in Edinburgh for Free

Monday, 24th June 2019

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.’

If you’re travelling on a budget, a weekend getaway can seem expensive. 


But travelling doesn’t have to cost the Earth.  


Check out this stellar list of our favourite Edinburgh attractions that won’t cost you a penny. So, you can experience this incredible city without breaking the bank.


  1. National Museum of Scotland


Dive headfirst into Scotland’s rich cultural heritage by visiting the National Museum of Scotland.


Travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, channel your inner artist with traditional Scottish artwork or make groundbreaking scientific discoveries like splitting an atom or Dolly, the sheep. 


The original building dates back to 1861 and was beautifully restored in 2011, which adds an awesome contemporary twist to one of Scotland’s most prized landmarks.


The National Museum is perfect for those rainy days and its many interactive activities make it fun for kids of all ages.


  1. Greyfriars Kirkyard


Buckle up for a haunted visit to Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh’s most famous (and spooky) graveyard.


In this ancient churchyard filled with moss-covered graves, you’ll find the final resting place of some of Edinburgh’s most famous names. Like everyone’s favourite furry friend, Greyfriars Bobby


Harry Potter fans will especially love visiting the headstones of  Mr Tom Riddle, Alastor Moody and William McGonagall. It’s thought that these real people inspired JK Rowling’s magical masterpiece.


Located just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s Cowgate, Greyfriars is completely free and is guaranteed to have you spooked!


  1. Royal Botanic Gardens


Explore the endless beauty of Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens to escape the hustle and bustle of Auld Reekie (aka Edinburgh).


As one of Scotland’s most admired attractions, the gardens span across over 70 acres of land. Not only are the gardens completely free to visit, but they also boast a  breathtaking living collection of groovy plants that date back to almost 350 years ago!


So, find yourself a tranquil bench amongst the roses for some peace and quiet while the kids run riot around this royal playground.


  1. Scottish Parliament

If you haven’t heard enough about politics in the news recently, you can always take a trip to the Scottish Parliament for a free guided tour and the chance to see what really goes on behind those walls!


Located just a short walk from the Queen’s official digs at the Palace of Holyrood, the parliament’s funky design is hard to miss.


It’s open to visitors year round, apart from the summer months when politicians are busy doing lots of serious things that we don’t really understand.


  1. Portobello Beach


Strike lucky with the Scottish weather and you could find yourself enjoying an afternoon on the sandy beaches of Portobello.


Grab a blanket, soak up some rays, and watch the world go by as wafts of fresh fish 'n' chips fill the air. Despite being just a few kilometres outside the city, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled to a completely different country.


Portobello is the perfect place to let your hair down and if you’re brave enough -- take a dip into the chilly North Sea!


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We hope you enjoy visiting Edinburgh’s many free attractions. We’ll only ever be a phone call away if you’re looking for recommendations of where to go and what to see in this incredible city.

Written by Edinburgh Flats

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