Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it is rich in history, culture and Scottish traditions. But you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a fantastic time in Edinburgh. Our centrally located hotel places you close to many affordable and free attractions, parks and sights. So, if you want to visit Edinburgh on a budget, check out our special offers and our guide to enjoying a cheap visit to our historic city.
Central City Gardens
Edinburgh is home to stunning parks and gardens where you can enjoy a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. These green spaces are perfect for cheap days out in Edinburgh. Take a short stroll from our central hotel and explore the tucked away Dunbar’s Close garden with 17th-century style landscapes. You’ll find this secret treat just off the Royal Mile, where you can read a book and soak up the tranquillity. And entry is free to this magical place. Or, visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with 70 acres of stunning landscapes and 10 Glasshouses, each housing different climates. Here, you’ll find more than 3,000 exotic plants, and entry to the garden is free.
If you’re looking for free things to do in Edinburgh, the region’s beaches provide the perfect day out. Start your day by heading to Portobello Beach, just a few miles away from the city centre. Here, you’ll find two miles of flat, sandy stretch and a great spot for walks, swimming and sunbathing. Take an oceanfront walk along the long promenade, before stopping at one of its cafes, bars and restaurants. Then, browse independent shops and markets in Portobello’s high street. Also, at the beach, you’ll find many free events including beach volleyball competitions and the Big Beach Busk. Then, after working up and appetite in the fresh sea air, head back to Parliament House for a delicious meal at MP’s Bistro.
Historical Monuments and Landmarks
For budget accommodation in Edinburgh, Parliament House is close to the city centre where you’ll find lots of free things to do. When visiting Edinburgh’s monuments, landmarks and architectural delights, you’ll delve into the city’s history. Our hotel is a short stroll from Calton Hill where you can soak up panoramic city views. Or, visit one of the city’s most popular free attractions, Edinburgh Castle, sitting above the city on Castle Rock. While wondering around Edinburgh’s streets, you’ll see statues honouring the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Greyfriars’ Bobby.
Festivals and Fairs
When it comes to choosing what to see in Edinburgh, the city’s annual festivals should be top of your list. Every year, the city comes alive with music, arts, comedy, film, food, drink and entertainment. And many of these festivals offer a programme of free events, so you can enjoy Edinburgh on a budget. At Edinburgh Fringe, you’ll find free street performances and entertainment in cafes, pubs and parks. Then, at Edinburgh Jazz Festival, live music can be heard across the city, from bars to open-air concerts in gardens. Finally, what better way to end the year, than celebrating with loved ones at Edinburgh Hogmanay? Here, there are free street parties with DJs, dancers and food and drink stalls, helping you ring in the New Year.
And, Parliament House hotel is just a short walk away from all of the festivities, So, check out our special offers and your book affordable accommodation now.
Enjoy Edinburgh on a Budget
With our wide range of hotel rooms to suit all budgets, we have the perfect central accommodation for your Edinburgh visit. Book your affordable stay in Scotland’s beautiful, historic capital today.