Top Free Attractions to Visit in Edinburgh

Visiting a new city can be expensive with all the wonderful tourist attractions you want to visit but Edinburgh’s a great city to enjoy on a budget, with some fantastic attractions you can visit for free!

National Museum of Scotland

First up is the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is tow adjoining buildings and one tells you everything about Scotland with collections of Scottish antiquities and all about their history and culture. The other half, the Royal Museum, has collections on science, natural history and world culture.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a world-renowned centre for education and plant science. There are three Regional Gardens that make up the collection; Benmore in Argyll, Dawyck in the Scottish Borders and Logan in Dumfries & Galloway.

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is the national art gallery of Scotland and is in the heart of historic Edinburgh. It houses a whole host of incredible works of fine art in one of the best collections in the world.

If you fancy a bite to eat while you’re there, the gallery is home to the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, and the Garden Cafe, where you can dine outside in the gardens.

Arthur’s Seat

If you’re the outdoorsy type, Arthur’s Seat will be right up your street. The mountain, in the centre of Edinburgh was formed by an extinct volcano around 350 million years ago!

Hike to the top and you’ll get amazing views of the city, with a variety of trails from beginner to expert – there’s a trail for everyone!

The Royal Mile

In the Old Town, the Royal Mile is definitely one to visit! Packed with history, landmarks, shopping and places to eat, it’s at the top of the ‘must see’ list.

The Royal Mile boasts many great landmarks, from Edinburgh Castle to Palace of Holyroodhouse and you’ll have great time sightseeing. Opposite the palace is the Scottish Parliament, which you can visit for free and have a tour of the building.

If sightseeing isn’t your thing, there are a multitude of shops to have a wander into. Browse for some traditional tartan, antique jewellery or treat yourself to Scottish specialist food and drink!

Need somewhere to stay for your Edinburgh adventures? Check out our Edinburgh accommodation, Beaverbank Place for a great place to stay.