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Unique and Unforgettable Free Tourist Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Unique and Unforgettable Free Tourist Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland has long been known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it’s almost impossible to see all of its sights without spending at least a little money. But if you don’t have lots of cash to spend on sightseeing during your trip to Edinburgh, there are plenty of sights that are completely free and just as interesting as their paid counterparts. Here are five unique and unforgettable tourist attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland that won’t cost you anything.

St Giles Cathedral

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One of the most magnificent places you may see in Edinburgh is St Giles Cathedral. And considering the city’s stunning architecture, it is saying a lot. The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, is amazing because of its Gothic facade, elaborate internal decorations, and extensive history. The first service was held in 1144, but over the centuries construction work has continued and today visitors will find traces of all periods of Scottish architectural history. It’s also worth noting that the cathedral hosts one of Europe’s finest musical events: The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols on Christmas Eve.

Writers’ Museum

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There are several free museums in Edinburgh, but the Writers’ Museum is one you must see. The renowned Scottish writers Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Walter Scott are the principal subjects of the museum’s exhibits. Their personal belongings, actual manuscripts and books, and portraits are included in the exhibitions. The museum also has an extensive library containing hundreds of editions of their works for visitors to browse through. One of my favorite sections was about children’s authors like J.M Barrie (Peter Pan) and Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland).

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Scottish National Gallery

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Scottish National Gallery is one of Edinburgh’s top free tourist attractions, and it is difficult to match it. You may spend hours studying the outstanding collection of artwork here by well-known Scottish and worldwide artists without becoming bored. Claude Monet’s “Haystacks,” Paul Gauguin’s “Vision apres le Sermon,” and Titian’s “Diana and Callisto” are just a few of the well-known works in its collection. Its temporary exhibitions often give visitors the opportunity to view famous masterpieces before they make their way into private collections or other museums around the world. The museum was established in 1859 and is currently open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm except on December 24th when it closes at 3:00 pm.

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