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Free Things to do in Edinburgh!

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited November 2017 in Scotland's cities and towns

Whether you're visiting Edinburgh for the first time, or if it's the place you call home, here are some ideas for free days out in the city!

Arthur's Seat
Holyrood Park is located in the heart of the city and features an ancient volcano called Arthur's Seat, loved by visitors and locals alike for the breath-taking 360 degree views of the city. If you’re an animal lover then this is the place to go - with dog walkers aplenty you’re almost guaranteed a few pats with the puppers!

Royal Botanic Gardens
Visitors to the gardens can learn about the study of plants and their conservation, walk throughout the 70 acres and discover its fascinating history which goes back as far as 300 years. The gardens are accessible friendly and have a wide range of events throughout the year. Keep an eye on their website to see what’s happening next!


National Museum of Scotland & National Gallery of Scotland
Go on a journey of discovery at our national museum and gallery! Learn about the history of Scotland and the world through technology, art, design, nature, science and more! Visit their websites for further information on exhibitions and programmes:


Calton Hill
Take a stroll up this central city hill for some of the best views the city has to offer. Home to some of the most iconic monuments in Edinburgh and stunning views of the castle, this easy walk is great for stretching your legs and admiring the cityscape, only a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street.


Greyfriars Kirkyard
Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan, a history buff or into a bit of ooky spooky, this inner city graveyard will have something for you! Located in the Old Town, this graveyard is associated with Greyfriars Bobby, the famous dog who spent 14 years mourning at his owners grave after his passing. Take note of how quiet and peaceful this location is, despite being in the middle of our bustling capital city.


Dean Village
This picturesque village can be found only 5 minutes from Princes Street and is a great place for an afternoon wander, enjoying the unique buildings, water of Leith and pretty pathways. Read more about this iconic spot here


St Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh, founded by King Alexander I in 1124. Stop in here when you’re on the Royal Mile to admire the architecture and learn about the interesting history.

Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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