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Top Attractions In Edinburgh For Free

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Free Attractions in Edinburgh

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Calton Hill

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calton Hill contains a treasure trove of historical monuments and being 100 metres above sea level boasts a superb view of Edinburgh and across to Holyrood House Palace and Arthur’s Seat – It’s a popular spot for photographers and hopeless romantics at sunset!

See Nelson’s Monument, a commemorative tower that dates back to 1807 to commemorate Nelson’s victory over the Spanish and...

Edinburgh Underground Vaults Streets Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A ghostly guided walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town.
  • Move from street level down into the underground vaults.
  • Learn Edinburgh's dark history from an English speaking guide and master storyteller.
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Hike up the rocky crags within the 640 acre Royal Holyrood Park and admire the stunning views as you get a 360 degree look over Edinburgh from 251 metres above sea level. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted for the last 300 million years but no one is sure how it got its name though the romantics like to connect it with King Arthur and Camelot.

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Harry Potter Walking Tour Edinburgh

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • A 2 hour walking tour seeing the places that inspired J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter.
  • A must for true Harry Potter fans!
  • Discover Edinburgh from a magical point of view.
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The Royal Mile

Edinburgh's ancient thoroughfare, the Royal Mile, stretches from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House Palace. A procession route for Scotland’s Kings and Queens for the last 500 years, it contains a lot of paid tourist attractions alongside pubs, shops, and cafes but it’s not necessary to open your wallet in order to witness and enjoy the historic heart of the city and walk the mile.

Starting at Lawnmarket, the oldest part...

Royal Yacht Britannia Tickets: Skip The Line + Audio Guide

clock Duration: Recommended
  • Fast track entry to the Royal Britannia Yacht " The floating Royal Palace!
  • Learn the history of the ship in the visitor centre.
  • Then step aboard and see what life was like onboard for the Royal Family as well as the crew.
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Dean Village

A quaint and picturesque Bucolic village in the heart of Edinburgh that has the feel of being hidden deep in the sleepy countryside. A charming stream runs through the small former-village with beautiful bridges and 19th century houses and a church. Once housing the mill workers and separated from Edinburgh city by a distance of 11 miles, the test of time means this oldey-world village now sits a stones throw away from the hustle...

Edinburgh Castle Skip The Line Ticket

clock Duration: Recommended
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and grounds including the Crown Jewels exhibition at your own pace.
  • Admire the panoramic views of Edinburgh.
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National Museum of Scotland

Similar to The Natural History Museum in London, The National Museum of Scotland contains diverse collections ranging from dinosaur skeletons to vintage cars, even the stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep; the first successful clone of a mammal from an adult cell. The natural world, science, technology, discoveries, art, design, fashion, and world cultures are all topics that are covered here so there’s something to suit everyone and always...

Edinburgh City Sightseeing Bus Tour

clock Duration: Unlimited ac
  • A hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh with 14 stops.
  • 24 hour / 1 day unlimited access.
  • The modern open-top buses have Wi-Fi access and audio guides.
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Royal Botanic Garden

Plant, flower, garden, and nature lovers will adore the vast Royal Botanic Garden that contains 100,000 plants across 70 acres. Step inside to find acres of shrubs and blooming plants with a fantastic collection of Rhododendrons, a Chinese Garden and Chinese Hillside, Rock Garden with water, bridges, and sculptures, Woodland Garden, an arboretum, the Heath Garden which contains Scottish native plants and exhibitions and interactive activities...

Holyroodhouse Palace Tickets, Edinburgh

clock Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Holyrood House Palace is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The grounds contain the iconic ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • This entrance ticket includes an audio guide available in 9 languages.
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Scottish Parliament

Opening in 2004, the Scottish Parliament provides visitors with the choice of a self-guided tour or free guided tours to see where members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP’s) meet to debate Scottish issues.

On the 30 minute self-guided tour visitors can see the vaults of the Main Hall and have access to the Parliament For The People Exhibition along with gift shop and cafe plus a 10 minute introductory talk discussing...

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • A full day tour to see the beauty of Scotland's dramatic scenery.
  • Visit Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and Glencoe.
  • See small quaint villages plus iconic locations.
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Located on The Mound, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh. The National Gallery houses vast collections of Scottish and international paintings, sculpture, and furniture covering the Italian Renaissance period through to French Impressionism at the start of the 20th century. You can see artworks by Raphael, Titian, Turner, Constable, Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Reubens, and...

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

clock Duration: 75 minutes
  • A thoroughly entertaining ghostly experience!
  • A theatrical ghost bus ride & walking tour through Edinburgh's most haunted places
  • Ghost stories galore to send shivers up your spine!
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Water of Leigh Walkway

Stretching 12 miles in total, the Water of Leigh Walkway is a delightful public footpath and cycle path that winds through the hidden heart of Edinburgh following the river. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors enjoying nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life whether you spend just an hour or two on a portion of the walkway or decide to tackle the entire length in a day.

Starting in the...

Edinburgh Dungeons Tickets

clock Duration: 60-80 minute
  • A walk-through historical experience with actors, special effects, scenes, shows, and rides.
  • 11 360-degree interactive shows.
  • 2 fun & frightening underground rides.
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Located in 2 beautiful neo-classical buildings (Modern 1 and Modern 2) the Edinburgh National Gallery of Modern Art contains an eclectic mix of approximately 6,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, and installations located in bright and airy modern interiors. The gallery contains artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Dada, Miro, Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and many other artists covering Cubism, Abstract,...

Mary King's Close Tour, Edinburgh

clock Duration: 60 minutes
  • Access to the 17th century subterranean streets located below The Royal Mile.
  • A fully narrated history tour.
  • Costumed characters help bring history to life.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

There are many things you can do for free in Edinburgh like booking free entry into some Edinburgh museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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