Edinburgh is a great city in Scotland. The British pound is still hefty on a side although the US Dollar is growing stronger against the pound, but still visiting Scotland’s capital may still break your pocket. As a tourist, you should always be aware of the currency of the city you are visiting measured against the US Dollar. Edinburgh city is a costly city from all perspective, although, maybe not to the locals, but to tourists, care must be taken not to spend above the budgeted amount for the tour. So, where to sleep, what to eat, where to visit, when to visit where, what to buy and so on, will determine whether you will leave this city broke or by budget. This article will help you as much as possible to enjoy your stay in Edinburgh as well as save on your stay and enjoy your tour to the maximum.
- Drink at student bars.
Although you can find cheap pubs in Edinburgh, using a club at night is quite expensive in the city. Make sure you get to a student’s night club if you must go clubbing and always make use of pubs with student discounts. There are usually cheap drinks and free cover in most discounted nights at most clubs in the city. It should also be noted that Mondays are “WhyNot” nights at clubs where they offer reduced cover charge and even several £1 shots. The Brass-Monkey offer discounted drink prices to begin with and most clubs will not even ask for your student ID card, especially if you look like a student already. Learn about Edinburgh and become a local during your stay at the city.
- Stay in a hostel.
If you are planning to stay in a hotel in Edinburgh city, then you must be ready to spend a lot of money. In place, you can use the cheap hostels that are available all round the Old Town. Along Cowgate, you will find several hostels, situated in the middle of Old Town’s action and they are usually safe, clean. Affordable and well integrated into the city. The Three-Sister pub is by far the liveliest in all of Edinburgh and the pub even has hostel upstairs also. There is also Safestay which offers cheap drinks, pool tables and even a trivia night like the pubs
- Check out the free museums.
Scottish National Gallery, Writer’s Museum and even the National Museum of Scotland are all free to visit as a tourist in Edinburgh city. So if you are looking for a way to do some touring activities without paying a cent, well here is your opportunity. Make it to the Royal Botanical Gardens across the bridge in New Town if there is sun shining so as to soak in as much sunlight as possible before the clouds rise up to cover it up again. You need the Edinburgh Tourist attractions map
- Avoid the tourist traps.
As a tourist, upon landing in the city of Edinburgh, one the great sites that comes to mind is the iconic castle, a huge fortress built into one of the highest hills in the city. To get to the Edinburgh’s highest hills castle, you will need to pay an exuberant amount of money as entrance fee with a long queue of people. You need to know that paying the entrance fee here is just a tourist’s trap. The entry fee price is not always worth what can be seen from and within the castle. In fact it is best to not climb the castle but to have the lovely view from below. Be wary of the Edinburgh dungeons and several other ghostly and hidden evening tours. Taking a free walking tour will serve better and this will cost you nothing. Make sure you visit the street gardens and the hidden alleyways. These will not be filled with “selfie tourists” and will cost you no money at all.
- Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
You tickets can be gotten from the Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge The hop-on hop-off buses allows tourists to have a great view of the Edinburgh city from the top of an open roof bus tour with other tourists. Tourists are provided with free headphones for listening to audio guide translations, free Wi-Fi and even special kids commentary. Attraction sites that the bus will stop by include the Waverly Bridge, Grassmarket, Lauriston place, Lothian Road, Johnston terrace, Lawn market, Canongate, Hlyrod, Chambers street, Regent road, Our Dynamic Earth, Market street, Hanover street. Remember to click here for Edinburgh bus tours comparisonfg