There is an abundance of things to do in Edinburgh. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, visitors will experience an eclectic mix of bohemian culture, world-class restaurants and fantastic walking routes that match that of the Cotswolds or Lake District. Among the wide and varied collection of attractions available in Edinburgh, some of the best things to do in Edinburgh are free.

Discover Edinburgh on foot

From Nelson’s Monument, to the copper clad dome of the former St. George’s church, Edinburgh has some incredible architecture. One of the best ways to explore the city is on foot to ensure tourists don’t miss out on quirky side streets, shops and parks that are fantastic for picnics during the summer months.

The Edinburgh World Heritage Charity offers a great walking guide for tourists that features the best in Edinburgh’s historical attractions.

The walking guide can be found below:

Climb Up To Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is easily climbable and an extremely popular walking route among tourists and locals alike. The 279m (823ft) ascent is suitable for walkers of all abilities. With spectacular views of Edinburgh from the top, climbing Arthur’s Seat is a must for all tourists visiting Scotland’s capital.

Scottish National Gallery

Located in three sites across Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery has over three thousand classic pieces of both traditional and modern art on display.

Over sixty events are held in the galleries throughout the year that focus on different creative skills. Ideal for those who are creative, the Scottish National Gallery holds works by Van Dyck, Rubens and Tiepolo. The National Galleries in Edinburgh are one its finest attractions and should by no means be missed. What’s more, admission to see some world famous paintings is entirely free!

Writers Museum

Edinburgh’s Writers Museum exists to commemorate the lives of Scotland’s greatest writers; Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Littered with personal affects, furniture and other items from the writers’ houses. Visitors can witness the printing press, on which Scott’s famous Waverley Novels were printed and hear fascinating stories about Scotland’s greatest wordsmiths.

Discover Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens

Established in the 17th century, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens displays one of the world’s largest collections of living plants. Exhibited throughout seventy acres of lush garden, the botanical gardens are home to over 5,000 species of plant life. Only a few minutes walk from the vibrant city centre, The Royal Botanical Gardens are a must when finding things to do in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh is a city that has much to offer tourists. Its attractions are fascinating for all visitors and will ensure a repeat visits are made. Things to do in Edinburgh are seemingly endless and Scotland’s cultural capital will definitely leave its mark on every tourist.