If you are feeling the pinch after Christmas but want to take a city break it is important to know that visiting Edinburgh does not have to cost an arm and a leg. There is an array of cost effective accommodation options for the more thrifty visitor to the city and there is plenty to do in Edinburgh that does not cost money.
While many of the attractions Edinburgh benefits from are free to enter, Edinburgh is a beautifully historic city, with buildings of various ages. Walking the famous Edinburgh City streets such as the Royal Mile, Princes St, cost nothing and are a sight to behold. Strolling through Princes Street Gardens and along Lothian road into the Grassmarket and back along up Victoria street armed with a guide book will equip you with a great afternoon of knowledge of the city and it’s famous inhabitants. Most every street has a story and the small ‘Close’s’ are creepily fascinating. Located along the Royal Mile you have the famous Heart of Midlothian where you stop and spit upon it for good luck!
If the weather turns and you need to shelter, The National Museum of Scotland is free entry and the inside attractions will delight visitors of all ages. The Museum was recently refurbished and reopened late last year. It has proved to be a big hit with visitors from all over the world. The Musuem of Childhood hosts an array of childrens toys thorugh the ages and always brings back fond memories. The Meadows Park is also a great area to visit and wander among the green open spaces of Edinburgh. As previously mentioned, Princes Street Gardens are beautifully kept and lovely to wander, located at the West End of the gardens you will find the famous Carousel. Edinburgh benefits from some great centrally located hostels, all clean and friendly. All are situated close to the main attractions and city centre transport. Another option for the fun loving and adventurous among you is Couch Surfing. Edinburgh is part of the innovative couch surfing scheme. Couch surfers are a small global community of the CouchSurfing network that welcome travelling strangers into their home for free via the Couch surfing member list. Safety is of paramount importance to Couchsurfers and you should read the site fully before making your decisions to join. all information is provided on the CouchSurfing site with references.
Which ever way you choose to enjoy Edinburgh, we are sure you will!