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5 free things to do in Edinburgh

September 1, 2014
The castle

The castle is huuuge

You don’t need to spend a fortune to feel the *magic* of Edinburgh. Plus, you can spend the extra money on genuine Scottish whiskey to make the visit even more pleasant! Here are some of the best things that come for free in Edinburgh:

1 The Museums

national history of scotland museum

Inside National Museum of Scotland

I was surprised to learn that they’re free! My favourite one is the National Museum of Scotland – get to know the animal world, see a rocket, learn about different cultures around the world or get to know the Scottish history – it’s up to you.If you prefer art, Edinburgh has a lot to offer to you, too: the National Portrait Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, or the Scottish National Gallery on Princes Street are just a few examples.

2 Edinburgh’s magic streets

Victoria Street

Victoria Street

Victoria Street is an obvious pick, but try one of the narrow alleyways, or closes, running to the both sides of it. They’re surrounded by tall buildings and often have long flights of stairs, giving them an incredible atmosphere.

3 A hike to Arthur’s Seat

Unbelievable view of Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat

Unbelievable view of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

It’s a legendary hill close to the city centre, but also a great getaway from the busy streets of Scotland’s capital. Relax by the lakes, take a jog around, or even climb to the peak and enjoy the view of the whole city.

4 The parks

In Princes Street Gardens

In Princes Street Gardens

For example Princes Street Gardens, just below the Edinburgh castle. It’s the best place to relax after shopping on Princes Street or sightseeing on the Royal Mile.

Suddenly, we're in China! Just joking, it's Royal Botanic Gardens

Suddenly, we’re in China! Just joking, it’s Royal Botanic Gardens

You can also go to Royal Botanic Gardens, which is further away from the centre, but totally worth a visit. It’s absolutely the best garden I’ve ever been to!

5Portobello

View of Portobello from Arthur's Seat

View of Portobello from Arthur’s Seat

For the price of a bus ride you can get from foggy Scottish hills to a beach resort (just be warned it’d probably also be foggy). Enjoy long walks by the sea and Portobello’s architecture, which is quite different from the downtown Edinburgh.


For the past two months I’ve been living in Edinburgh and have visited this city quite a few times before, so I just can’t wait to share some of the things I’ve learned about this Scottish capital. This is just a first part of my Edinburgh tips, stay tuned for more!

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