8 Best Things To Do For Free In Edinburgh


Are you taking a mini-break escape to Edinburgh?  First of all, that was a great decision!

Edinburgh is a unique, cultured city that appeals to everyone of all ages. However, before considering venturing on a mini-break or a holiday, it is important to ensure that you have enough funds budgeted to make the most out of your trip, as financial help such as small loans should only be used in a financial emergency.

If you’re not looking to spend a lot of money during your trip to the hilly capital, then that isn’t a problem because we have carefully handpicked the best 8 things to do for free in Edinburgh, to help you make the most of your stay in this elegant, compact city.

#1 Visit The Seaside

When you think of Edinburgh, the seaside isn’t probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the heat that 2018 has experienced so far, a day on the beach is a perfect idea. Whilst the sun shines down, take a stroll along the sands at Portobello beach or sit down with a picnic and take in the view of the sun glistening on the sea. The best part about a trip to the beach? It’s free!

#2 Go Cycling

Take your bike to Edinburgh and enjoy the exciting cycle routes suitable for all ages and abilities. There are many unique routes to choose from, such as The Edinburgh North, which takes you to the North of the city and is made up from disused railway lines. One of the most popular routes is known as the Roseburn and Blackhall trail which connects Edinburgh to the North of Scotland.

#3 Unique Attractions

If it is a picture-perfect hidden gem you are after to explore, then Edinburgh is the place to go, as there are a huge number of beautiful aspects of the city to explore, including Dr Neil’s Garden. Otherwise known as Edinburgh’s Secret Garden, this remarkable, special spot is one where you can relax in a calm place and be inspired as you contemplate life amongst the peace and quiet.

#4 Plenty Of Museums & Galleries

If you enjoy museums and galleries then Edinburgh is definitely a location you should visit. If you want to visit free Edinburgh museums that you will want to find the Royal Mile. It is dotted with four free museums, including the Edinburgh Writers Museum and the Museum of Edinburgh. If you’re a lover of history and culture, then these museums are definitely worth a visit.  And don’t forget the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.

#5 Monuments

There are hundreds of monuments and statues in Edinburgh that you can explore, such as Greyfriars Bobby, a terrier who became known for spending fourteen years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself. Whether you turn to Calton Hill which is full of memorials and monuments, or you’re simply taking a stroll through the city centre, you are certain to find a huge number of monuments to marvel at.

#6 Landmarks

Edinburgh is well-known for its beautiful landmarks too, such as Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. If you are already at the Royal Mile, then these landmarks are just a short walk away. The highest point of the park is Arthur’s Seat which is an ancient, dormant volcano, which was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as a “hill for magnitude…”.

#7 Take A Walk

There are plenty of trails for you to walk and explore for free in Edinburgh, all of which offer you something a little different. Choose from a volcano, a selection of hills, or even some cobbled streets to have a walk around.

#8 Doors Open Days

If you are visiting in September than you will have the chance to discover hundreds of fascinating buildings for free! Have a look at what is available when visiting Edinburgh and experience the amazing culture and architecture that the capital has to offer. All of the buildings offering an Open Day during this period will be some of the city’s most architecturally and culturally significant public buildings, all of which are not normally open to the public.

We hope that we have given you some ideas to fulfil your days with for free and to guarantee that you have a fantastic trip to Edinburgh.


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