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Things to Do

The best free things to do in Edinburgh

For all its Michlin-starred restaurants, top dollar tourist attractions and grand, expensive concert halls, Edinburgh's also a place where it's possible to have a great time for free. And let's face it – we all love doing stuff, but we don't like spending money while we're at it. Have a glance below at our recommendations for the essential Edinburgh experiences that'll cost you pecisely nada.

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Edinburgh's top five booze producers

Anna Hamilton of local supper club Alright Treacle finds the capital's tip top tipplers

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Hogmanay in Edinburgh: the best clubs

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Kapital, Nightvision, Sneaky Pete’s and more

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Three brilliant pre-Christmas club nights

With Richy Ahmed, Wolf Muller and House of Traps

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Dylan Moran for new Edinburgh comedy night

The comic is heading up a new series of Gilded Balloon comedy nights

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Recommended Edinburgh events

Music

Deacon Blue

Long-running anthemic Scottish pop-rock outfit led by Ricky Ross

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RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

Raymond Briggs' famous wintry story is performed by Blythe Duff and the RSNO

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Theatre

White

A white world gradually giving way to colour in the run-up to Christmas in this children's play

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Comedy

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord

Al Murray's satirical character creation hosts a festive variety show of comedy, music and more

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Lily Allen headlines the capital's world-famous year-end shindig

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Where to eat and drink in Edinburgh

Restaurants

The best restaurants in Edinburgh

From Michelin-starred restaurants and destination dining to student-friendly curry houses and perfect pizzerias

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Bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh's hippest drinking dens and watch the city's finest mixologists at work

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The best coffee shops and cafés in Edinburgh

Whether it's from the bean or leaf, get your caffeine kick at these Edinburgh favourites

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Restaurants

The best cheap eats in Edinburgh

Don't want to break the bank? Here's where to eat well for a lot less lolly

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Bars and pubs

The best pubs in Edinburgh

From trendy spots to traditional taverns, Edinburgh's spoilt for choice when it comes to its boozers

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The best theatres in Edinburgh

There's a lot more to Edinburgh than just the Fringe. These theatres provide thespian delights throughout the year

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Nightlife

The best clubs in Edinburgh

Chart choruses loom large across the city, but these are the clubs with a little more credibility

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The best art galleries in Edinburgh

From classy independent collections to the National Gallery, quality art is everywhere in Edinburgh

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Top ten Edinburgh attractions

Views from Edinburgh Castle, tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Hollyrood House - don't let the tourists have all the fun

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The best music venues in Edinburgh

From classical recitals to lo-fi folk performances, improv jazz and floor-filling electronica, here's where to get your live music fix

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