You don’t always have to spend money to have a good time. Galleries, museums and much more. There are a lot of great attractions in Edinburgh that won’t cost you a penny. Here are the Best Edinburgh Free Attractions.
Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art
A must-see for lovers of modern and contemporary art. The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix. Postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger are also on display. Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Tracey Emin are also represented.
Housed in a neoclassical building designed by William Burn and surrounded by a lawn landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks there is lots to see outside as well as inside.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Stroll amongst the astounding Giant Redwood trees in the Woodland Garden, explore the world-famous Rock Garden, enjoy the serenity of the Chinese Hillside. There is a lot to do in one of the finest botanic gardens in the world.
Explore this 70 acre marvel’s vast array of sites, including the 10 magnificent Glasshouses. Each Glasshouse has a different climatic zone, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and are home to 3,000 exotic plants from around the world including a 200-year-old palm tree.
National Museum of Scotland
The biggest and best museum in the capital. There is so much to do, it’s difficult to list everything you could do when visiting. The Grand Gallery is spectacular space to start and is the heart of museum. From there you can start your adventure; visit the Millennium Clock, time travel through the history of Scotland as you ascend through the Scottish Galleries, spend some time with the dinosaurs in the Natural History Galleries
The National Museum isn’t all look and don’t touch! You can drive a F1 simulator, fire a hot air balloon into the sky, run in a human hamster wheel, and much more. You can can a bite to eat at the cafe or restaurant and visit the roof terrace for spectacular views of the city. The National Museum is a wonderful family attraction that is a must when visiting Edinburgh.
Scottish National Gallery
Masterpieces from Raphael, Velázquez and Vermeer to Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh can be found in Scotland’s national gallery. However, the most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting. All the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented in depth.
Why not visit the interactive IT Gallery, take part in a life drawing class, or sit in on a story telling session. There are activities and events to suit all ages.
The Scottish Parliament
Visit the home of Scottish democracy, enter the Debating Chamber and see parliament in action or enjoy a free guided tour of the building. The parliament exhibition will introduce you to the work that the Scottish Parliament, its Committees, and MSPs do to make Scotland a better place to live.
On display in the exhibition is the copy of the 1998 Scotland Act, the UK Parliament Act that established the Scottish Parliament and was presented by Tony Blair to Donald Dewar. Interactive timelines explore Scotland’s parliamentary history from its first recorded meeting in 1235 to the political union with England in 1707 and the 1997 referendum that resulted in a Scottish Parliament with devolved powers.