We know exploring a new city can be expensive so we here are our top five free things to do in Edinburgh.
No.1 the National Museum of Scotland.
This is a no brainer, perfect for all ages. It was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum (so renamed in 1995), with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.
No.2 Walk up Calton Hill.
The panoramic views from Calton Hill have astonished and inspired visitors for centuries. Major landmarks can be seen from a bird’s eye view: Arthur’s Seat with the Crags behind Holyrood Palace and the Parliament, Leith and the Firth of Forth, Princes Street in its New Town grid and the Royal Mile climbing up towards the Castle.
No.3 free walking tours
Tours are available on a daily basis, and including a variety of topics from history to Harry Potter. It’s a great way to get an introduction to the city from a local, and learn about plenty of interesting stuff in the process!
No.4 St Giles Cathedral.
The Cathedral is positioned in the heart of the Royal Mile and is regarded as the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism. Today the church plays an important role in the cultural life of the city and nation, playing host to a wide variety of concerts, lectures, exhibitions and civic ceremonies.
No.5 Visit one Edinburgh’s many Art Galleries
If you are a fan of art then you are in the right place, whether you are more into a modern minimalistic style, photography or traditional 15th century masterpieces, there is gallery for everyone.