Top free things to do in Edinburgh

You might feel like you’ve walked into Ancient Greece after the short 1-mile (1.6km) climb up to Edinburgh’s Calton Hill. Here, 360-degree panoramic views of the city greet you from the Greek-style monuments dedicated to important figures in Scottish history. No admission fee.

Every summer Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival incorporates thousands of free arts shows – from drama and comedy to cabaret, dance and spoken word. Wander the city’s cobbled Royal Mile and collect flyer invitations to see them for free.

Commemorate Scotland's patron saint, St Andrew, in Edinburgh each November with activities and live music in St Andrew’s Square. Look out for Historic Scotland, giving away free tickets for attractions like Edinburgh Castle.

The extinct volcano of Arthurs Seat towers over Edinburgh, yet is a relatively easy climb. Stretch those legs and get amazing views across the city and beyond from the top. All you have to spend is some energy..!

You can see world-famous artworks for free at the Scottish National Gallery, located in the heart of the city in Princes Gardens. Tick off Gainsborough, Rubens, Poussin and Cezanne, among beautiful works by Scottish artists.

Take some time out in the 17th-century style garden of Dunbars Close. Tucked away in Edinburgh’s Old Town, you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped into the past. Free to enter.

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