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1. Visit the Botanical Gardens
Want to see beautiful diverse nature while you are in Edinburgh? Then you should visit the Royal Botanical Gardens.
It is one of the best botanical gardens in the world.
Furthermore, you find all kinds of plants from all over the world shown in a beautiful way.
Also, you can get a fantastic view of the city from here.
2. Go to Edinburgh Castle for a free view
Although the castle itself cannot be visited for free, the rock upon which it is located can!
You can just walk up there from the city center to get one of the most beautiful views of the city.
3. See the Scottish Parliament
If you want to visit the Scottish Parliament, you can!
You can get a guided tour of the building or attend a live debate. Also, for more information on the opening times, you can check out the website of the Scottish Parliament.
4. Go to the National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland can be visited for free.
Here you'll find all kinds of objects relating to the history of Scotland, art, science and many other things.
Furthermore, there are many great free museums in Edinburgh that all have no admission fee.
5. Get a view from Arthur’s seat
Arthur's seat is an old volcano near Edinburgh. The hill is located just outside the city at a distance of about 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers, making the hill easy to reach.
Moreover, here you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Edinburgh, but also of the beautiful landscape.
6. See some modern art
Another one of Edinburgh's free museums is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Going here can be a very interesting activity.
Here you find some of the best modern and contemporary art in Scotland.
7. Do a free walking tour
To get to know the city better you can try a free walking tour!
During this tour, you will be guided by a local expert who can show you all of the city.
You can learn about the history and culture by visiting many sites. A great tour can be found here.
8. Scottish National Gallery
Go to the Scottish National Gallery for Scotland's collection of fine art.
The collection includes international works by, among others, Ruben, Titian, and Monet, but also works by many Scottish artists.
9. Go to a free festival
Every year you can go to the Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is the largest art festival in the world.
You find here all kinds of performances, such as theatre, comedy, dance, circus, and much more!
10. Panoramic view from Calton Hill
The next activity on the list of free things to do in Edinburgh is going to Calton Hill. Another great view of Edinburgh can be found when you go there.
Also, this is the hill you probably know from photos of the city.
Furthermore, the hill can easily be reached and the Scottish Parliament can be found here.
11. Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Here you can learn about the story of Scotland through many portraits.
There are several famous historical people portrayed here. Furthermore, this museum is free as well!
12. Enjoy a free comedy show
In for a laugh? Go to The Stand Comedy Club for some great improvised comedy, because there is a free show every week on Sunday that I would really recommend seeing!
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