If you are planning a visit to Scotland then Edinburgh may well already be on your list of places to visit. If it’s not, then maybe you should think about adding it on as it is a great place to visit at any time of the year and there are plenty of free activities and attractions to enjoy.
One of the first places on many people’s agenda is Arthur’s Seat. This stands 823ft high and is a landscape of rocky crags and plenty of hills within Holyrood Park. You can easily lose a whole day traversing this area and taking in the stunning sights. Enjoy the trek and take a picnic with you for that perfect lunch surrounded by nature. Then, when you get to the top you will be rewarded with an absolutely fantastic view of all of historic Edinburgh. There really is no better way to see it! This is a great way for the whole family to enjoy what Edinburgh has to offer while getting some nice fresh air.
Another great day out is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Unbelievably this is totally free to enter and has a massive 70 acres to explore including the Queen Mother’s memorial garden. There is even a selection of Chinese rock gardens to see and various other garden designs and plant life to enjoy.
If you are interested in writing and literature then you may be interested to know that Edinburgh has a writer’s museum which is also totally free of charge to visit. It is located just off of the Royal Mile which in itself is something worth seeing as it is one of Edinburgh’s oldest streets. At the Writer’s Museum you can find out about the lives of the infamous writers Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns and even Sir Walter Scott.
Edinburgh is famous for its art festivals and these are on throughout the year. If you are planning a visit to Edinburgh then it is always worth checking with the tourist board what events are on as there are numerous exhibitions which are totally free of charge. The Edinburgh Art Festival normally starts at the beginning of August and shows a huge variety of art from the usual portraits through to abstract sculptures and wonderful creations.
Finally, a really interesting attraction that will entertain both children and adults is The Museum Of Childhood. This is a unique museum that features a huge array of old fashioned games and toys and plenty of items that you had long forgotten from your youth. Adults will find this a hugely enjoyable visit as you remember old sweets, get reminded of the games you used to play and get the nostalgic thrill of seeing some of your first toys again! Children will also love this museum as they see just how basic everything was back in those days compared to their Nintendo’s and mobile phones that they all enjoy today! This is truly a great day out for the whole family and best of all it is totally free!