Things To Do In Edinburgh: Free Activities

Edinburgh is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities, not just in Europe, but the world. If you’re coming here either on business or vacation, then you’ll be looking for things to do to keep you occupied. If you’re on a tight budget, perhaps you’ve got the kids with you, you’ll be looking to save money, therefore we’ve come up with some free activities, things to do in Edinburgh that won’t cost the earth.

City Art Centre

If you’re into art, culture and music, then why not head down to the City Art Centre, where you’ll find exhibitions on anything from photography, art and design and architecture, and both international and local artists work on display. Indulge your senses and spend some quality time at the City Art Centre and forget the outside world for now.

The National Museum of Scotland

The museum is a perfect rendezvous if you love history and archaeology, and there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied here. There are nearly a thousand pieces here from different times in history and all of which should keep children happy for a few hours! If you’re in need of a snack and some coffee, then head for the Balcony Café where you can have a light lunch or visit the Tower Restaurant for something for exciting.

Arthur’s Seat

If you fancy getting outside, then perhaps you should head for Arthur’s Seat where you’ll get some spectacular views. Some even believe it is here that Camelot was located, who knows? All we know is that Arthur’s Seat takes up the views of St Anthony’s Chapel and there’s a steep climb to the top where you can see incredible views of the city. It’s definitely worth the climb, and don’t worry about accidents because the routes are all marked with signs telling you where you shouldn’t walk, and that way you and the family can have a safe, peaceful and fun day.

Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio

How about a visit to the Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio where you can see some breath-taking contemporary art and fine tapestry? There are some great workshops if you fancy a go and organised tours. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church is well worth a visit where you can here the majestic ten bells on a Sunday, and inside you can see exquisite wall paintings and stained-glass windows.

Escape Edinburgh

After all that excitement you might fancy a visit to Escape Edinburgh. No, a visit here isn’t free, however after all your day’s free entertainment you should have saved some pennies for a final hour of fun and games at our Escape Games in Edinburgh. Here you’ll get to be locked up in a room with a chosen group of friends as part of your team, and then you’ll have to solve a series of cryptic clues and puzzles, but you’ll have to find them first. We’ll see you later!