Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the UK is Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where you can find beautiful medieval neighborhoods, museums where you will discover much of history, beautiful landscapes in the surroundings and all kinds of cultural activities.
Best of all, the best things to do in Edinburgh are free, so if you're planning a getaway to some European capital, the Scottish capital may be one of the best options. Today in Hard Hobbit To Break We tell you all the things you can do for free in Edinburgh. Do you want to join us?
Tour the Old Town
Did you know that Edinburgh's medieval quarters have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site? We refer to the Old Town, the most tourist of the entire city for gathering most of its attractions. Thus, walking its streets will be an incredible experience, among other things because you can walk through the narrow alleys located on the sides of the main avenue, the Royal Mile. We refer to the closes, which are usually decorated depending on the activity that will be carried out there. Plus, you'll be amazed at the compact builds, painted roofs, vaults, and underground passageways.
On the other hand, as we have just mentioned, in the Old Town you will discover some of the biggest attractions of the city, such as the Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse or the National Museum of Scotland. Of course, we also recommend you to visit the New Town, located next to the «old city».
If you travel to Edinburgh you will have to visit its two famous cathedrals: St Giles Y St mary. The first of these is actually a church and is located on the Royal Mile. It is surprising for its stained glass windows, the organ and the Thistle Chapel. From St Mary, an authentic Gothic cathedral that is located in New Town, highlights the stained glass window, designed by Eduardo Paolozzi, and a relic of the Scottish patron, St Andrew. In both churches it offers free concerts.
Don't miss the museums
One of the things we like most about this city is that most of its museums offer free tickets to visit its permanent collections, which is what you will really want to see if you visit Edinburgh for the first time. Among the most interesting are the National Gallery of Scotland, with paintings by Rembrandt, Gauguin, Monet and Goya; the National Museum of Scotland, a must visit to the city not only for meaning a journey through the centuries, but for the beautiful views that you get from the terrace; the City Art Center; the Museum of Chilhood; or the Writer’s Museum and Makar’s Court.
Visit the Scottish Parliament
If you find it interesting, you can also visit the Scottish Parliament for free. Also, on the days when politicians meet, you can also attend as a public without having to pay anything.
See the city from its hills
The views of the city from Edinburgh Castle are spectacular, but admission costs money. One way to get equally impressive views is by going up one of the hills, such as Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill or Blackford Hill.
A free tour
Also, you should know that in Edinburgh you can enjoy a free tour. Yes! Yes! As you are reading it! It is organized by the company Sandemans New Europe (They are also available in other cities in Europe), and to participate you will only have to sign up on their website and present yourself at the meeting point at the start time. Although they will not force you to pay anything, they do expect to be given "the will" at the end of the tour. You decide what the guide deserves! Remember that for five pounds (it is not free, I know) you can also enjoy the recommended tour on the mysteries of Edinburgh that we told you about last year.
10 Things To Do For FREE in Edinburgh (November 2023)
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