How to save money in Edinburgh

Find out how to go on a free walking tour of Edinburgh and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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What's in our video about Edinburghprint

Our video for Edinburgh has five extremely useful tips on how to save money there:
1. Visit the free museums - they're everywhere!
Edinburgh is full of free museums. These include:
  • Museum of Childhood (42 High Street, Royal Mile): This was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.
  • The People’s Story (Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile): Is dedicated to telling the history of Scotland's capital, and it's people.
  • Writers’ Museum (Lady Stair's Close, off Royal Mile): This museum showcases the city’s famous writers.
  • National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street): This fascinating museums has collections on everything from Scotland’s origins to famous Scots.
  • 2. Go on a FREE walking tour
    New Edinburgh Tours operate free walking tours every day from the Starbucks on the Royal Mile every day at 11am, 1pm and 4pm. They last about three hours and take in all the city’s main sights. You can’t miss the tour guides as they wear bright red t-shirts. Also, they work on a tip-only basis so are very enthusiastic!
    3. Save money when eating out (if you’re a backpacker!)
    Certain bars in Edinburgh do backpacker specials for food and drink. These include:
  • Maggie Dickson’s (92 Grassmarket): The do both food and drink specials for backpackers.
  • The Last Drop (74-78 Grassmarket): Prove to the staff that you’re staying in a hostel and you’ll get all mains on the menu that cost £7.25 or under for £3.95.
  • The Castle Arms (6 Johnston Terrace): Another bar in the Old Town that does backpacker food specials.
  • 4. Visit the art galleries...they’re free too!
    Edinburgh is also full of free art galleries. These include:
  • National Gallery of Scotland (The Mound): Scotland’s most important art gallery.
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art & Deans Gallery (Belford Road): Edinburgh’s two modern art galleries.
  • 5. The best views in the city are free
    Overlooking Edinburgh is Arthur’s Seat, a rocky peak that climbs 251m into the sky. While the climb to the top is a tough one, it is ultimately rewarding as the views from the top are unforgettable. But if you don’t have a head for heights or aren’t feeling very energetic but you’d still like a great view of the city head to Calton Hill on the east side of Princes Street in the New Town.
    And finally....
    Stay in hostels rather than hotels. And to book hostels in Edinburgh click here.
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