If you’re looking for free things to do in Edinburgh or simply activities you can all take part in as a family which are free of charge, then you’ll enjoy the list we’ve provided below. We’ve tried to put together a varied list of things to do so you’ll never be bored. So, read on and see where you’ll be going.
One of the most popular museums in the UK, the National Museum of Scotland is a must-see for those who love history. There are well over 20,000 artefacts, and you’ll get to learn so many different things about Scotland and the rest of the world via culture, nature and science.
The Royal Botanic Garden isn’t far from the city centre and within is a beautiful tranquil area of peace with over 70 acres of garden to admire and enjoy. There’s a long and impressive history dating back 300 years and there’s plenty of plants and flowers to enjoy.
There’s an impressive collection of fine art here at the Scottish National Gallery dating back to the Renaissance period to the 19th century. There’s plenty of work here for you to enjoy and admire such as Velazquez, Monet, Van Gogh and Vermeer and many more. It also gives offers history of Scottish painting, with work from the likes of McTaggard, Wilkie and Ramsay and many others.
Another art gallery equally as impressive, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is two buildings, One and Two, with sculpture by renowned artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and at the gallery itself there’s work from Picasso and Matisse.
A beautiful church from John Knox, St Giles comes with beautifully stained glass windows and is often referred to as the Cradle of Presbyterianism. It’s also home to the Thistle Chapel which is home to the Knights of the Order of the Thistle added in the early half of the 20th century.
Here at the Scottish Parliament there’s plenty to see on the provided tours so you can get a feel for how government is run here in Scotland. There’s a shop, café and all in all you’re guaranteed a really full and vibrant visit to one of the most important centres of Scottish politics. There’s the debating chamber where you can see them in action and there are different days for guided tours of the building as well as recess dates, where there are other days on offer to tour the building.
See Edinburgh by bike and enjoy the scenery. You can enjoy a bike ride at any age, and there are plenty of cycle routes in the city with off-street paths, esplanades and former railway lines where you can enjoy the beauty of Scotland while getting a healthy day out at the same time.
A walking trail which takes in some of the best World Heritage Sites where you’ll get to see a picture of old Scotland with riveting titles to their walking tours such as Auld Reekie, Athens of the North, Meet the West Enders, and Sense of Place. It’s a wonderful way of exploring Scotland’s history and if you love a little eeriness in your walking trails then try the Edinburgh Graveyards Trail.
An outdoor resource where you can volunteer, and where your children between 8 and 12 can attend their holiday clubs. There’s educational tours too and there’s plenty to see and do here at Gorgie Farm.