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Planning A Kid-Free Family Holiday in Edinburgh

Planning a family holiday in Edinburgh can be daunting, not to mention pretty pricey. With so much to see and do in Scotland’s vibrant capital, it’s often hard to know where to start. It’s why it pays to know all the kid-free, family-friendly budget tips to exploring Scotland. Alternatively, cash in on a babysitting offer from a favourite aunt or granny and explore Scotland’s vibrant capital at your leisure.

Beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh

On Track To Greater Savings

When planning a family holiday in Edinburgh, it pays to know the most cost-effective way to get around. While taxis are definitely the most convenient option, they are very expensive. Busses are a great alternative if you know where you’re going, but they are better suited to short journeys within the city. Which leaves trains. Exploring Scotland by train is not only a great way to get around, it’s also a great way to see the countryside. And to make it even more affordable for families, ScotRail (Scotland’s railway) offers a Kids Go Free ticket. Which means two kids can travel with an adult for free any day of the week, off-peak.

Blazing The Heritage Trail

If you’re planning a family holiday in Edinburgh and beyond, you can’t go wrong with the Scottish Heritage Pass. Valid throughout April to October, the pass grants you access to Scotland’s finest castles, distilleries, grandest palaces, popular homes and beautiful gardens. It allows you to visit more than 120 sites across Scotland for free over a seven-day period, which means it’s excellent value for money for the whole family.


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More Of The Explorer

Similar to the Heritage Pass, the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass grants you access to 78 top tourist attractions. It also allows you to beat the queues at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, and get a 20% discount on audio guides at certain sites.

You Can’t Put A Price On Memories

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With loads of attractions for kids, planning a family holiday in Edinburgh is fairly easy. And if you’re staying at the Parliament House Hotel, you can enjoy a day at the pool or spa facilities for just £15. But if you’re on a budget, there are loads of free things to do too. The National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are all free attractions. With great exhibitions, they and are always worth a visit.

Alternatively, you could hike up to Arthur’s Seat, which is believed to be the location of Camelot. Or if you’re a fan of the city’s gothic architecture, take a turn round Calton Hill and the enchanting St Giles Cathedral. If it’s Edinburgh’s haunted history you’re interested in, explore Greyfrairs Churchyard and discover the loveable Greyfrair Bobby and ancient relics of Covenanters Prison.

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