For over 30 years Gorgie City Farm has been a much loved part of the local community for adults and children alike. Entry is free although donations are always welcome and you can meet a variety of animals including; pygmy goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and even tortoises and snakes. The oasis of wilderness plonked in the centre of the capital is top of the list for most visitor's to the city. Staggering views of the city await those who can drag themselves to the hill's peak.
Go on a free walking tour Yes, you read right — a free walking tour. Catch free live music in Whistle Binkies Located at the junction of High Street Royal Mile and The Bridges, Whistlebinkies is arguably the best place to catch live music from up and coming bands in Edinburgh.
Share The World! The eastern building was home to some well-known figures of Edinburgh society, while the western building housed a theatre, and later ironmongers. Did you know? The Museum of Childhood is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood! Hidden in plain sight on the Canongate in the Royal Mile, this free museum lifts the lid on the fascinating history of the city - from its very beginnings right up to the present day.
Get lost in the fascinating collection of artefacts, including greyfriar's collar and bowl, or dress up with replica costumes and get creative in the interactive space. Top Tip: Make sure you take the time to find the museum's 'secret' courtyard, a recent addition to the museum which is full of quirky undiscovered treasures. With eye-catching masterpieces by the greats such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Botticelli, it's easy to spend hours gazing at the impressive collections.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. It was founded in the s and remains a working church. Explore the building at your own pace, taking in the intricate wooden interior and impressive gold-leaf ceiling. If you're looking for something cultural to do in Edinburgh, this free attraction is a great place to visit. As the first museum in the world dedicated to childhood, it's a treasure chest of retro toys, books, games and nostalgia. From the midth century to the present day, the museum has some fascinating highlights - such as a rare wooden fashion doll dating from and a Steiff teddy bear which travelled out of Vienna on the last Kindertransport train to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany in One museum, two conjoined buildings.
The modern half of this complex on Chambers Street opened in and tells you everything about Scotland from its geological and prehistoric past to its social and political present. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!
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Oh wow, Edinburgh sounds amazing! A visit to this tiny village beside the Water of Leith is like stepping into a peaceful oasis. Originally home to the workers of the thriving milling industry that Edinburgh had adopted, you can see plenty of evidence of its past in statues and carvings on the walls.
It borders the Water of Leith, which runs right through the city, and you can walk along the river, exploring the village as you go. Be sure to check out the fantastic pubs and restaurants of Stockbridge on your way! Whilst not on our list of must-see attractions in the city, the museum on the mound is great way to spend a quick 30 minutes or so if you have time to spare.
Located in the Bank of Scotland head office, which itself is a fantastic relic of history, this museum explores everything to do with money. From its collection of one million pounds in fake cash in its reception, to its explanations of how banking grew in Scotland, it is pretty fascinating.
St Giles Cathedral was, and still is, the main place of worship for the Church of Scotland. It is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, and has played a prominent role in the cities history. In fact, evidence suggests that it is one of the older buildings in Edinburgh, with the oldest part dating back to The intricate red sandstone exterior is amazing! This is one of our favourite museums in Edinburgh.
Again, take a detour via the cafe for some lovely tea and scones. These two galleries , located to the west of the city one on either side of Belford Road , are well worth the visit. Firstly, the buildings are impressive, the sculptured gardens are incredible and of course, you will be impressed by the works of art which include the likes of Tracy Emin, Dali, Miro and Damien Hurst.
You can walk there from the city centre in about 15 minutes — choose from a peaceful meander along the Water of Leith Walkway or stick to the main roads. There is something for everyone including photography, paintings, sculptures and crafts. Works on display range from modern art by upcoming artists to the largest collection of classical fine art in Scotland. There is also a great art space for children tucked away in the basement floor where they can bring out the Picasso in them.
There are few cities in the world that have an extinct volcano in their centre! Both are challenging and will give you a good workout. You simply follow the tarmac road round the contour of the hill. Another favourite of ours and definitely one for your Edinburgh bucketlist!
Show less. Free Entry. Good for a Rainy Day. Good for Couples. Good for Kids. Good for Big Groups. There are often interesting temporary exhibitions on which charge for entry so it's always worth checking out the calendar to see what's on. Any plant or flower, rare and common, can be seen and enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students, but it has grown to become an example to the world.
The rock garden, arboretum, and over 70 acres of shrubs, blooming plants, and trees are great fun to explore. There is also a serene Chinese Garden and a duck pond.
Some of the plants date all the way back to the dinosaur age. You will also find exhibitions and interactive activities for children in the main building and there are a shop, a restaurant and a couple of cafes. On a sunny day you'll enjoy the peace and beauty you'll find here. There are also some spectacular views of the city. Recommended for Free Things to Do because : The Royal Botanic Gardens are beautiful and offer a little relaxation and serenity away from the bustle of the city.