National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh


Free attractions and days out in Edinburgh

With free entry to many galleries, museums and attractions, you could easily fill your days in Edinburgh without spending a penny. And that's even before you've taken in the city's scenic outdoor spaces and some of its world-class festivals for free too.

You could fill a whole week with free things to do in Edinburgh. Start with the world-class attractions of the National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Galleries and St Giles Cathedral. Go behind the scenes with Edinburgh's film locations, explore a few hidden gems or sit back and watch the world go by from one of the parks and gardens, including the magical Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Tour for free

Victoria Street Edinburgh

That's right - even some tours and modes of transport are free or gratuity-based in Edinburgh!    

  • Old Town Tour
    Meet on the Royal Mile for Sandeman's popular tour of Edinburgh's Old Town.
  • Potter Trail
    A magical tour for the Harry Potter fan in your life - muggles welcome.
  • Gallery Bus
    Hop on this bus to get between Scotland's National Galleries.

NB. You may be invited to make a discretionary payment, tip or donation, though this is not obligatory. Operators should make this clear in their promotional material. 

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