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The Freeloader’s Guide to Free Things to do in Edinburgh

1. Master the Art of Freeloading

Two paintbrushes with black and red paint on themThe first stop on any freeloader’s list to Edinburgh has to be the National Galleries of Scotland. Open daily, a visit to the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a freebie must. With endless exhibitions, beautiful masterpieces and timeless classics, finding free things to do in Edinburgh is quite literally a work of art.

2. Draw the Line on Free Things to Do

As the inaugural UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh has a strong creative literary heritage. The inspiration behind some of the world’s best-loved characters, Edinburgh has helped set the scene for Harry Potter, Ebenezer Scrooge and Sherlock Holmes. Whether you’re blazing a Harry Potter trail, or reading up on Scotland’s literary greats at the Scottish Writer’s museum, there’s no end to the free things to do in Edinburgh for bookworms and wordsmiths alike.

3. Expensive Attractions are History

For a wealth of free things to do in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is rich in endless free treasures. From fossils and artefacts, to Scotland’s natural history and vibrant past and ancient cultures, explore the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National War Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life at your (and your wallet’s) leisure.

4. Pay Homage to Scotland’s Legendary Past

Legend has it that Arthurs Seat is one of the possible locations for Camelot, the ancient legendary castle of the famous King Arthur. Whether you believe it or not, a trip to the top of Edinburgh’s tallest peak is well worth a visit – no matter which side of the round table you sit at. Arthurs Seat is a dormant volcano in Holyrood Park. Sitting 251m above sea level, it is one of four ancient hill forts dating backing 2000 years and offers an excellent (not to mention free) view of Edinburgh city.

Couple enjoying the view from Arthurs Seat

5. Conquering Calton Hill Pays Off

If you’re still looking for free things to do in Edinburgh, why not venture up Calton Hill? Famed for it’s historical monuments, beautiful views and ancient landmarks, it’s one of best free things you can do. Once you’ve checked out all Calton Hill has to offer, why not check in to the Parliament House Hotel and make the most of your Edinburgh-on-a-budget adventures?

Calton Hill monument

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