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Edinburgh with the Family on a Budget

Free Activities in and around the City

05 . 06 . 2015

There are numerous free activities in the the city that will be able to keep the family entertained

Edinburgh is a hugely popular place for families on holidays and its picturesque scenery and family friendly nature it is easy to see why. Every year millions of visitors flock here, and the city is famous for doubling its population size during the month of August for the world renowned festivals. The cost of visiting can however quickly rise once in the city, with numerous attractions and historical sites to choose from, therefore getting the best value trip can be difficult. You may only be here for a weekend which gives a small amount of time to be able to see the very best the city has to offer.

There are numerous free activities in the the city that will be able to keep the family entertained throughout the trip and can keep the budget a lot more manageable. Here we give some top tips for your visit that wont bust the bank.

The National Museum


One of the most visited attractions in the country and it’s easy to see why, this newly refurbished massive building hosts a multitude of things to keep everyone entranced for hours and hours. With the games room being a personal favourite, which brings me back to being a kid, although us guys never do actually grow up?

The Meadows Festival

This weekend (the 6th June) witnesses the annual Meadows Festival, an eclectic mixture of bands and acts, including a dog show, are there for everyone to see, absolutely free. There are drinks supplied by the  Pickering’s Gin & Cocktail Bar & The Royal Dick on the Meadows. It looks set to be a fantastic weekend so make sure you get yourself down  to enjoy the festival in the sunshine (sunshine not guaranteed).

Free Days at the Castle

The most famous and iconic building in the country, Edinburgh Castle is the focal point of the city and a must see for visitors. Every day at one o’clock the cannon is fired, traditionally used to enable ships in the Firth of Forth to set their maritime clocks. Visiting the castle with a family can be expensive, however if you are visiting on St Andrews day weekend you can enjoy the attraction free of charge, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Sandemans Walking Tours and Pub Crawl

These fantastic walking tours around Edinburgh are, as advertised, completely free, although they do rely on tips so please do give what you can, they are not rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for no reason. With walking tours which take you round all the sights of the historic city, with some very enlightening insights, and a pub crawl for those who feel like sampling some of the finest drinking establishments, this slightly more lubricated way will give you some great memories (blurry that they may be) to take home from your escapades. Check out their website for more details.

Walk up Arthurs Seat

Breathtaking views of the city await those who venture to the top of the hill that overlooks Edinburgh, there are numerous routes up the hill and the lakes and wildlife offer a fantastic backdrop. Edinburgh is blessed with scenic beauty and from the top of the hill you can take in the city in all its glory.

Dine In

One of the many benefits to staying at Fountain Court is the flexibility that we offer to guests. At our serviced apartments you have the choice and freedom to decide to eat in the apartments, there are numerous shops in the area which you can pick up any groceries and our fully equipped kitchens mean that you can save money that can be used for other forms of entertainment.

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