Visiting Edinburgh on a budget? Here are 15 free things you can do with kids in and around Edinburgh.
Take a walk down to the picturesque Cramond, let the kids run around or ride a bike. Small budget? Treat yourself to an ice cream.
2. The People’s Musem on the Royal Mile
The People’s Museum is a fascinating insight into life in Edinburgh. Spread over three levels, it’s small enough to do in an hour or two. Budget for lunch? Grab a hog roast roll from Oink
Head to this fascinating museum in the heart of city to learn all about the history of money. Budget for lunch? Treat the kids to a burger at Byron
Grab the bikes or go for a walk along the shore at Silverknowes
A fantastic farm right in the city. Ducks, horses, sheep, chickens and much much more… Small budget? Make a donation and stop for a coffee at Jemima’s Pantry.
6. Portobello Beach
Take a trip to the beach if it’s warm. Small budget? Change £5 into change and hit the arcades where you’ll find kids rides, tuppenny nudgers, and fruit machines.
7. Royal Botanic Gardens
Pick a sunny day and go for a wander around the Botanic Gardens.
8. Princes St Gardens Park
Cut away from the hustle and bustle of Princes St and visit the park in the gardens (located at the castle end!). Budget for lunch? Treat the kids (and yourself!) to a pizza from Dough
9. Modern Art Galleries
There are two modern art galleries both with free entry, take the no.13/41 bus from Princes St. Small budget? Make a donation
The most visited attraction outside of London, not to be missed. Small budget? Make a donation
11. Park on the Meadows
Kids will love this award winning park which has swings suitable for children with a disability.
One of my favourite museums in Edinburgh for kids. Take an hour or two to go back in time and remember toys from the past. Kids will love the interactive elements of the museum. Small budget? Make a donation and take the kids to the museum shop.
13. Inverleith Pond and Park
Inverleith park gets busy when the weather is fine – there’s plenty of place to kick a ball or play rounders and younger kids will enjoy the park and visiting the duck pond. Small budget? There’s usually an ice cream van during the summer months (located at the entrance closest to the Royal Botanics)
14. Saughton Play & Skate Park
Take little ones to the play park while older kids can practise their skills on the ramps in the skate park.
15. South Queensferry
Head to South Queensferry to see the Forth rail and road bridges, and of course the under construction Queensferry Crossing. Budget for lunch? Check out family friendly Down The Hatch at Port Edgar Marina