I recently travelled to Edinburgh, somewhere I have been desperate to visit for as long as I can remember. After scouring Trip Advisor and many travel blogs for the best things to do in Edinburgh, I compiled my itinerary and have written this blog to inform you of my favourite free things to do in Edinburgh.
Walk Down The Royal Mile and The High Street
The Royal Mile and Edinburgh’s High Street are essentially one long combined street, walk from one end to the other to explore coffee shops, quirky cafes and Scottish stores alike. A highlight of The Royal Mile is its indoor market complete with stunning stained-glass windows and stalls.
Walk up to Edinburgh Castle
After walking from the Royal Mile to the High Street, continue straight to reach Edinburgh Castle. Although you have to pay to enter, you can stand outside of the castle for free and marvel at its bemusing exterior. The walk up to the castle also consists of charming cobbled streets and Scottish memorabilia shops.
Walk Up Calton Hill
Calton Hill is a hill near Princes Street which consists of a short walk up to stunning views over the whole city. Hundreds of people sit, walk and relax on the hill.
Sit on Princes Street Gardens
Speaking of Princes Street, by all means visit the main street for a splurge in the expensive retail shops but don’t miss Princes Street Gardens, a large green park with winding paths and huge sprawling trees.
Visit Harry Potter hotspots
It’s a well known fact that JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter in Edinburgh and her initial inspiration is still evident across the city. Walk down Victoria Street to see what inspired Diagon Alley.
Head to The Elephant House Cafe to see where Rowling began writing the Harry Potter story. Filled with tourists, don’t worry about getting inside, being able to stand outside and see where such an iconic book series began is truly magical.
Walk up Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak in a groups of hills in Edinburgh. There are several paths up to the peak but the quickest is to walk along Queen’s Drive and then follow a trail walk up a steep set of steps. Be warned, this is no easy walk but it’s well worth it.
So those are my top free things to do in Edinburgh. Edinburgh has definitely been one of my top travel experiences over the past year, I loved the traditional feel and historic atmosphere. It’s well worth visiting. Have you ever been to Edinburgh? What is your favourite thing to do there? Let me know in the comments and look out for my next post on my most recent trip!
To check out my guide to Stratford Upon Avon, click here