Just taking a walk through the Edinburgh streets can be a lot of fun for visitors seeking a glimpse into the past. The entire Old Town and New Town areas are World Heritage sites and the architecture is stunning, from the wide classical avenues of the New Town, to the cobbled streets, wynds and closes of the Old Town. There are also lots of free Edinburgh attractions worth stopping off at along the way.
Head south and seek out the National Museum of Scotland for a treat that will engage the whole family. There are lots of activities for kids covering science, nature, and, of course, history. You’ll also find a detailed look into Scotland’s past, and exhibits from around the world, as far flung as Ancient Egypt and China.
For a spectacular panorama of the city climb Arthur’s Seat. On the way to the summit you can take in a picturesque ruin and a lovely duck pond. If your idea of a good view is a beautiful painting or sculpture then you won’t be disappointed either. Edinburgh has three world class galleries and all are free to peruse and enjoy.
During the Edinburgh Festival you will also find a selection of free shows and a host of street performances, as well as an infectious and lively atmosphere to brighten even the dullest day. A fun day out in Scotland’s capital doesn’t have to cost you anything.