Four Budget-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh

June 30, 2016

Kaz Jourdan discovers the best of Edinburgh's budget-friendly attractions for an affordable trip to the Scottish capital.

With its famed nightlife, renowned restaurant scene and yearly Fringe Festival, Edinburgh holds pride of place at the top of the tourism trail. There's no doubt that Scotland's capital city has plenty to offer, but where to begin if you're not looking to blow your savings? We bring you four ideas for things to do to that won't break the bank.

1. Walk up to Arthur's Seat

Prince Arthur's Sea, Edinburgh, Scotland

This beautiful mountain is actually an extinct volcano and the views from the top are celebrated by both tourists and locals alike. It's within easy striking distance from town, meaning you can have a proper hill walk during a city break, and more importantly, a venture up this gorgeous peak is obviously completely free.

2. Take a Tour of the National Museum of Scotland

The Scottish National Museum, Edinburgh

Opened to the public in 1998, the National Museum of Scotland is now listed as one of the UK's top 10 attractions. Suitable for all ages, it covers a variety of subjects from animals to history and culture and you guessed it, entry is free. 

3. Explore the Old Town

Servants Walk street in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh's Old Town is a maze of labyrinthine cobbled streets and quaint courtyards. Spend an afternoon getting pleasantly lost and if your thirst demands and your purse allows, stop at one of its many resident cafés and bars for a break. 

4. Have a Peak at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

A woman at an art gallery

You'll find the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street nestled in one of the city's most beautiful buildings. Recently refurbished, the museum now gives visitors 17 different displays to take in featuring Scotland's greatest and brightest figures. It's the perfect place to put a face to history, and rather remarkably, there's no entry charge.

Kaz Jourdan Kaz graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and suffers from a permanent state of wanderlust, often obsessing over where to go next. She's also a die-hard Harry Potter fan and bookworm, reading whatever she can get her hands on.