Things To See and Do In Edinburgh on a Budget

Edinburgh is rightly renowned as a must-see destination for tourists from all over the world and whether you were born and raised in the city or you are planning to visit for the first time, there is a plenty that you can see and do on a limited budget.

Here’s our look at some of the most appealing low-cost activity options across Edinburgh.

1 – Climb up Arthur’s Seat

Even if you’ve climbed up Arthur’s Seat before, the views on offer can still take your breath away.

The ascent is moderately arduous but your efforts are rewarded in spades once you get the chance to gaze out over Edinburgh, as well as much of Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

Located close to Holyrood and the Scottish Parliament Building, the Arthur’s Seat peak lies around a mile from Edinburgh Castle and it is one of the most popular free attractions that the city has to offer.

2 – Check out the free museums

Edinburgh’s museums are among the most highly regarded in the UK and Europe, offering plenty to interest visitors of every age and inclination. Among the highlights is the National Museum of Scotland, which recently underwent a major revamp and now offers free entry to an incredible range of exhibits.

Other excellent and free museums in and around the Scottish capital include the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Edinburgh.

3 – Scope out the cityscapes

Edinburgh has a unique abundance and variety of cityscapes that are recognized as being of real cultural importance not just to Scotland but to the world, with both its Old and New Towns officially protected as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Among the historic highlights are Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile, which you’ll find in the heart of the Old Town.

4 – Visit Calton Hill

You may not be inclined to clamber up Calton Hill on the same day as climbing Arthur’s Seat but if you do you’ll be sure of securing some truly amazing panoramic views across Scotland’s capital city.

As well as great views though, Calton Hill has a number of incredibly impressive monuments and historic constructions well worth investigating, perhaps most notably the Greek Parthenon-inspired National Monument and Nelson’s Monument, which was built to commemorate the death of the great British admiral and war hero.

5 – Take in the Fringe

Despite being a famous and fascinatingly historic city, Edinburgh is also very much a forward looking place and a hotbed of talent for contemporary cultural goings-on.

Key to all that are the variousn festivals for which Scotland is becoming increasingly renowned and particularly the Edinburgh Fringe, which is in fact the world’s largest annual arts festival and runs for almost a month of the year. The good news for visitors to the City when the Fringe is on is that many of the most entertaining shows and activities can be enjoyed for free or at very low cost.

So that’s our list put together from the team from Scotland Debt Solutions, hopefully it offers some food for thought and gives some idea of how amazing Edinburgh can be even if you’re heading to the city looking for good times on a limited budget.

There’s plenty else to be taken in across Edinburgh at little or no cost too, so whatever you do, don’t let potential expense put you off a trip to the Scottish capital.

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