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16 Ways To Experience Edinburgh On The Cheap

All under a fiver.

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2. Get a scoop at Mary's Milk Bar

Budget: Ice cream from £2

"Go to Mary’s Milk Bar on the Grassmarket and have any of her amazing hand made ice creams, hot chocolates or hot chocolate FLOATS with a great view of the castle."

Suggested by cuhleen

3. Stop and smell the roses at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Budget: Free, £5 entry to glasshouses

"An afternoon stroll through the Botanic Gardens has amazing scenery and is one of the most peaceful places in the city."

Suggested by queensferryafc

4. Stuff your face at Wings

Budget: Wings from £3.50

"Eat a bowl of wings at WINGS. Best thing you can stuff in your face for less than £5."

Suggested by leahk20


8. Catch some improv at The Stand

Budget: Free

"Go to the Sunday improv show at the Stand. It’s free, which means you can put your fiver towards some of their amazing nachos."

Suggested by Ailbhe Malone

9. Explore the National Portrait Gallery

Budget: Free

"My favourite thing to do when I need to escape is visit the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street. It's free and full of great exhibitions."

Suggested by Jodie Stalker on Facebook.


10. Have a curry at The Mosque Kitchen

Budget: Curry meal for £5

Edinburgh's favourite takeaway is a classic choice for a delicious, generous, no frills meal.

Suggested by Lauryn Culnane on Facebook

12. Grab a bite at Wannaburger

Budget: Burgers from £2.99

Grab a quality meal in Wannaburger in Edinburgh's West End.

Suggested by Alan Sloan on Facebook.

13. Admire the art and architecture in the National Museum of Scotland

Flickr: glynniqua

Budget: Free

"Head over to the National Museum of Scotland for one of their free afternoon tours. Don’t forget to check out the view of the city, the surrounding countryside and the Forth from the Museum’s roof garden."

Suggested by Charlie Bush on Facebook.


14. See what's on at the Banshee Labyrinth.

Budget: Free

The popular night club hosts free Karaoke every Tuesday, and regularly screens classic cult films for £3.

Suggested by Lynn Koch on Facebook.

15. Go for books and booze at The Library Bar

Budget: Drinks from £3

This lively and literary student bar is great for a night out or a cheap lunch.

Suggested by Charlie Bush on Facebook

16. Walk along the Union Canal

Budget: Free

A long walk or cycle along the Union canal can take you from Edinburgh to Glasgow, with a beautiful view of the Scottish Highlands in between.

Suggested by Sarah Wilson on Facebook.

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The Mosque Kitchen has been open to the public since its opening, a day ticket to Cramond Island is £3.50, only the glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens require an entry fee, and films at the Banshee Labyrinth are free. A previous version of this article misstated these details.