FREE THINGS TO DO IN EDINBURGH: 15 ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY
There are several things that will keep you occupied while you are in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. And a host of free things to do in Edinburgh are there to help you stay within your travel budget. Here are some of them:
While the weather in Edinburgh might not really be cooperative when it come to sunbathing, there are several other free activities you can do at Portobello Beach. You can take a walk along its shore, breathe in the sea air or simply pass the time gazing at the water.
Go for a
climb in Calton Hill and take in magnificent vistas of the city. There are also
a number of structures to see while on top of Calton Hill, including the
National Monument and Dugald Stewart Monument.
During high tide, the sea separates Cramond Island from the mainland of Edinburgh. Once the tides recede, you can cross the distance between the mainland and Cramond Island on foot. Keep track of the time while you are in this tidal island. Once the tide flows back in, you will not be able to use the causeway to return to the mainland.
The Scottish Parliament Building welcomes visitors from Monday to
Saturday, without need for prior booking. If you want to learn more about this
modern structure a bit more, you can join one of its 1-hour guided tours – free
Tucked in a modest space behind the imposing buildings of the Royal Mile is a 17th century garden called Dunbars Close. Accessed through a narrow, cobbled alley, this tranquil space with a canopy of green is a great spot to retreat into if you are bogged down by the flurry of the city.
Have a slice of the pastoral life while in the middle of Edinburgh through visiting Dean Village. Brimming with 19th century structures and lush gardens, a trip to this rustic village is like a journey to the centuries past.
Housed in a modern building, the National Museum of Scotland has more than 10,000 objects on display. There are jewels, works of art, weapons and several other items that relate to the culture and history of Scotland. Entry to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.
is what you desire, Greyfriars Kirkyard would be the place to visit. This 16th
century graveyard has several enclosed burial lairs and fine mural monuments,
some dating back to the 17th century. You also would not want to
miss Bloody MacKenzie’s Tomb, rumoured to be haunted.
called the Royal Mile, this main thoroughfare in the Old Town area of Edinburgh
runs between the Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace. The succession of
streets is lined with several shops, pubs and restaurants, many of which are in
tranquil would be the best ways to describe the Lauriston Castle grounds. Walking
along its woodland paths and wandering through its Japanese garden can easily
take your mind away from the hubbub of the city.
Its name might be unassuming but there are treasures to find at the Museum on the Mound – literally. This museum is dedicated to economics, coinage and everything to do about money. And they are all found within a Baroque Revival building that simply screams “affluence”.
While there is a fee to enter the glasshouses at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, it is definitely free to roam around its gardens. There are thousands upon thousands of plants to see here. It’s a must-visit for anyone who happens to be in this part of Scotland.
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