Although sightseeing is fun, it can also be expensive! However, Edinburgh has plenty of things to see and do if you are on a budget. Whether you are into museums, or more of an outdoorsy person, this city’s got it all.
The Writer’s Museum celebrates the lives of three greats of the literary world: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. It is found just off the Royal Mile, one of Edinburgh’s oldest streets and an attraction in itself. Entry is free.
The museum of Childhood offers something for both parents and children. Adults can reminisce about their youth while kids have the opportunity to play with the games and toys – and dress up in the clothes – of previous generations. Entry is free.
The Scott monument, which you will find I the heart of the city on Princess street, commemorates Writer and Poet Sir Walter Scott. There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Entry is only £3,-
Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens. Comprising four separate gardens, covering more than 70 acres, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens are an excellent year-round attraction. Highlights include a leading collection of Chinese specimens, a popular rock garden, and a memorial garden to the Queen Mother. Entry to the Botanics is free.
You can also visit one of the many markets Edinburgh has to offer. Check our ‘What’s on? Page to see which markets take place, where and when.
More an outdoorsy type?
Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh’s main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. Calton Hill is easily accessed. It takes about five minutes to get to the top of the hill from a staircase at Regent Road on the South side, Royal Terrace on the North side, or you can drive up and park. Besides the view you will find a number of historic buildings including 2 observatory’s and The Nelson Monument. Admission to the monument is £3.
Rising to a height of 823ft, Arthur’s Seat – in the middle of Holyrood Park – towers over the city, and offers wonderful views of both historic Edinburgh and the surrounding landscape of undulating hills and rocky crags. The easiest ascent is from the east.
The Water of Leith is a small river that winds its way, mostly unseen right through the middle of Edinburgh. The walk along it offers you a really different view of the city and brings a touch of peace away from the bustle of the city centre streets.
Done enough in the city?
Known affectionately as ‘Porty’ by locals – Portobello beach has views overlooking the Forth and long stretches of sandy beaches. Delight in traditional seaside fun, indulge in ice creams and crepes on the Prom, and revel in the childhood delights on offer in Porty’s old fashioned sweetie shops. Bus 26 will take you right there from the city centre.
Cramond Island is a tidal Island in the Firth of Forth on the west side of the Edinburgh shore. A paved path, exposed at low water, allows easy access at low tide. Along with other islands it used to play an important role in World War II and it is said to have been of inspiration for ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, who used to do some of his writing at The Cramond Inn, the local pub that you will still find there today. Before heading out to the Island you would be wise to check the tides, because you don’t want to get stuck there and have the coast guard come to rescue! Cramond is easy to reach by bus 41.
Near Cramond You will find South Queensferry, home of the famous Forth Road Bridge and Forth Rail Bridge. To see these amazing structures you can get bus 43, that will take you right there. South Queensferry is also a cute little town with a few local pubs with beer gardens to enjoy the sun and the stunning view of the Firth of Forth.
Want even further out of the city? Why not escape to the Highlands for a day? Although some tours can be pricey The Hairy Coo offers a great tour of the Highlands of which the price is purely based on your experience and budget!
Plenty of free and cheap activities in the capital as you see! The cheapest way to get around Is by bus, single tickets are £1.50 and a day saver is only £3.50! We hope you have a good time!
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