Free things to do in Scotland

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There are a variety of free attractions in Scotland where you can immerse yourself in the country's rich culture and past. Spend hours wandering around fascinating museums and art galleries, explore inside historic buildings, and enjoy tranquil green spaces at beautiful parks and gardens.

Discover the extraordinary choice of free attractions offered by Scotland. Uncover a treasure trove of cultural delights in the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and discover other places where you can experience a diverse array of attractions without paying a penny.

Soak up the atmosphere of the capital’s cobbled Royal Mile at the height of the Fringe when the street is filled with street performers, and watch up and coming acts at perform at countless free shows and events. Admire stunning art in the city’s world-class galleries, view the breathtaking collections of the National Museum of Scotland which span millions of years and stretch around the globe, and step inside the magnificent interior of a medieval cathedral.

Glasgow also has its free share of stunning architecutre and unique museums offering free admission. See beautiful Impressionist paintings alongside ancient Roman artefacts, step aboard an 18th century tall ship, and even experience what it was like walking down a Glaswegian street over a hundred years ago.

  • Looking over the gardens towards Pollok House
    Pollok House
  • Statue of Greyfriars Bobby a Skye Terrier that would guarding the grave of his owner
    Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh © Kenny Lam
A variety of cars on show inside the Riverside Museum

Free things to do in Glasgow

Not only does Glasgow boast a range of fascinating museums and enthralling galleries, but many of these fabulous attractions are completely free!

Visitors walking along the landform installation 'Ueda' by Charles Jencks outside the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Free things to do in Edinburgh & The Lothians

For a great value trip, the amazing range of free attractions in Edinburgh & The Lothians is a wonderful way to discover more about Scotland. These attractions include highlights such as the National Museum of Scotland and St Giles’ Cathedral.

Shopping in Scotland's cities

Scotland's Style Mile

It’s easy to see why Glasgow is said to have the best shopping in the UK outside of London.

Shop 'til you drop

Explore Aberdeen’s main shopping destinations and Aberdeenshire’s fantastic range of independent outlets.

Capital treasures

Uncover fantastic shopping opportunities in Edinburgh from designer brands and high street trends to vintage boutiques.