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Top 10 Free Sights in Edinburgh

Destination(s): Edinburgh

Edinburgh city offers a bustling atmosphere with the vibrant people in the streets; therefore you can be entertained by simply taking a walk up the famous Royal Mile. Edinburgh can be enjoyed by everyone with the top 10 in free sights putting a smile on any thrifty backpackers face. Historic sights such as the extinct volcano Arthur's Seat or the marvellous architecture of Whitehorse Close offer a fascinating attraction to all who visit. Most of Edinburgh's museums and galleries are funded by the government and admission is free. read more about Top 10 Free Sights in Edinburgh

Whitehorse Close

Whitehorse Close

  • Canongate
  • Royal Mile
  • tel:+44 131 625 8625(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • City of Edinburgh, EH8 8BU
Nelson Monument

Nelson Monument

  • Calton Hill
  • Regent Road
  • tel:+44 131 556 2716
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH7 5AA
Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags

Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags

  • Salisbury Crags
  • Holyrood Park
  • tel:+44 845 225 5121 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH16

 Like Castle Rock, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags were formed by an extinct volcano and carved out by moving glaciers. These hills, lochs (lakes) and cliffs make up Holyrood Park and offer somewhat easy walking trails. Arthur's Seat is the highest point in Edinburgh (251 meters high) and is located at the center of the park while the Crags are located west of it. It is not known if the name is truly related to the mythology of King Arthur. read more about Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

  • Princes Street
  • Princes St
  • Edinburgh

Step out amongst the vibrancy of Edinburgh city centre and visit Princes Street Gardens. Take in views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town on one side of this splendid park and the bustle of the New Town on the other. Princes Street Gardens is the gateway to the shopping district beyond, it is a great place to wander through with historic monuments and a fountain. Frequented by families, students and performers Princes Street Gardens is alive with people. read more about Princes Street Gardens

Royal Mile

Royal Mile

  • Edinburgh Castle to
  • Palace of Holyrood House
  • tel:+44 (0)131 229 7615
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the famous road leading upwards to Edinburgh Castle. Cobbled in places and pedestrian friendly the Royal Mile is home to historic buildings which run the length of the street. It is the definitive route to see Old Edinburgh Town. Many of the city's best restaurants and shops line the incline offering traditional Scottish food and memorabilia. Take a moment to wander down one of the narrow and sometimes secret Royal Mile closes, many providing the theatrical atmosphere for grizzly ghost tours. read more about Royal Mile

The Museum of Edinburgh

The Museum of Edinburgh

  • 142 Canongate
  • The Royal Mile
  • tel:+44 131 529 7902
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH8 8DD
Royal Scottish Academy

Royal Scottish Academy

  • The Mound
  • tel:+44 131 225 46671
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

  • 1 Queen St
  • tel:+44 131 624 6200
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
National Gallery of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland

  • The Mound
  • The Mound
  • tel:+44 131 624 6200
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

The National Gallery of Scotland is housed in a striking neoclassical building situated at one end of Princes Street Gardens. With works by Da Vinci and Van Gogh represented within the National Gallery of Scotland's collection this is an essential part of any tour to Edinburgh city. Temporary exhibitions are frequent here and tickets can be booked in advance from the website. read more about National Gallery of Scotland

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

  • Belford Road
  • tel:+44 131 624 6200
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH4 3DR