No matter your destination, travelling isn’t cheap. From travel basics like flights, accommodation and food, to holiday expenses like sights, tours and souvenirs, holidays can cost a pretty penny. It’s why we’ve put together a budget basics survival guide for anyone visiting Edinburgh on a budget. If that sounds like you, you can also check out our special offers to ensure your holiday is not only memorable, but affordable too.
The Scottish National Gallery is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. Set in the heart of Edinburgh, it houses one of the best fine art collections in the world. From here, you can hop onto a bus or take a walk to one of its equally free sister galleries – the Gallery of Modern Art or the National Portrait Gallery.
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With amazing attractions, famous exhibitions and free entrance, Edinburgh’s variety of national museums is well worth a visit for anyone visiting Edinburgh on a budget. The National Museum of Scotland has an impressive 36 galleries and a host of interactive exhibits. The Writers Museum on the Royal Mile (another great freebie attraction) contains portraits and works of some of Scotland’s greatest writers. While the Museum of Edinburgh is a treasure trove of artefacts for a perfect holiday in ruins.
Gardens And Gargoyles
If you’re visiting Edinburgh on a budget, take advantage of the city’s many parks, gardens and riverside walks. Stroll around the infamous Princess Street Gardens and discover historical statues and breath-taking monuments. Head on over to Calton Hill or hike up to the legendary Arthur’s Seat and enjoy spectacular views of the city. Or enjoy the bloom of the Royal Botanical Gardens across from Inverleith Park.
Churches and Cathedrals
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh’s rich history and gothic architecture is a dream for anyone visiting Edinburgh on a budget. Situated on the infamous Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral has been a worthy attraction since the 12th century. Home to the famous Covenanters Prison, McKenzie Poltergeist, Grayfrair Bobby and a spat of grave robberies, Grayfrairs Kirk has been a local legend since 1620.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, you can enjoy a guided tour of the city for only £14. The hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus takes you through Edinburgh’s amazing history with the help of an experienced tour guide. You can hop off to explore a specific attraction further, and then hop back on to the next bus to continue your tour. With discounts, specials and family offers, it provides the perfect snapshot of the historical city for anyone visiting Edinburgh on a budget.