Edinburgh on a Shoestring


If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh on a budget, don’t be put off by the city’s expensive reputation: the truth is you could easily fill an entire week with free attractions. With world-class museums and galleries to while away the hours while expanding your cultural and historical knowledge, innumerable picturesque parks and gardens to saunter round lazily and the timelessness of the medieval Old Town to explore at your leisure, it’s not difficult to spend days in Edinburgh and barely spend a penny. Re-enact your favourite movie scene at one the city’s famous film locations, enjoy slow travel on the extensive network of cycle routes or even soak up some (weak) sunshine at the beach (it’s a little-known fact that Scotland’s capital has, not one, but two beaches) – the shoestring choices are abundant.

Magdalen Chapel

Stockbridge Market

Belhaven Bridge - Bridge to Nowhere

White Horse Close

Craiglockhart Hill

Lady Stairs Close

Corstorphine Hill

The Manuscript of Monte Cassino

Transreal Fiction

Chessells Court

Edinburgh Books

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Advocates Close

Elvis Shakespeare

Scottish Poetry Library

Typewronger Books

Golden Hare Books

McNaughtan's Bookshop & Gallery

Edinburgh Bookshop

Till's Bookshop

The People's Story Museum

Museum of Edinburgh

City Art Centre

City Observatory

Nelson Monument

Magdalen Chapel

The Scotsman Steps

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