Free things to do for families in Scotland

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  • A three story stately home with turrets and a large lawn
    Callendar House, Falkirk
  • A host of animal and fish exhibits hang down through a large gallery space as if swimming through the air
    The Animal World Gallery in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Two boys skip down a sand dune with spades on a beach with three small islands in the distance
    Enjoying the beach at Yellowcraigs, East Lothian

Your family can enjoy a wide variety of attractions in Scotland that are absolutely free. From museums and art galleries to parks and events, get ideas for family days out that won’t break the bank!

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland exhibits over 20,000 objects spread across 36 galleries, including Scottish history, a special children’s zone and the Natural World gallery which features an awe-inspiring Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Follow the history of transport through the ages at the Riverside Museum where you can see horse-drawn vehicles, fire engines and locomotives, and fascinating exhibits such as a recreation of a 1900s street.

More museums

In cities, towns and villages across Scotland you’ll find museums which explore the region’s local history alongside interesting private collections. Many of them are offer free admission including Mull Museum on the Isle of Mull in Tobermory, which paints a picture of working island life and colourful moments in the island's history including clan battles over castles. Little ones will enjoy looking at the toys and trinkets of years gone by.

Green spaces

With two National Parks as well as a plethora of country estates and parklands open to the public for little or no fee, Scotland has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. At Callendar Park in Falkirk you can enjoy free entry to a mansion with over 600 years of history and plenty of outdoor activities. Visit the free adventure play park and enjoy summer activities such as peddle boats and miniature golf for a small fee.

There are so many more great experiences to be had free of charge, from trips to beaches and nature reserves to art galleries and family events. Enjoy free entertainment during festivals, craft-making at exhibitions and country-wide celebrations like St Andrews Day.


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