Loads of historic buildings and tourist attractions are offering free or reduced entry in the days and weeks leading up to St Andrew's Day (November 30), including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House, The Edinburgh Dungeon and more. Read on to find out who's offering what.
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Free Edinburgh attractions this St Andrew's Day
A family friendly alternative to the oh-so-official Edinburgh Castle, the ruins of Craigmillar Castle in the south of the city practically encourage kids to bounce around the area. Again, it'll be completely free to enter on Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29, but you still have to register for tickets before Friday November 27.
The Palace at the bottom of the Royal Mile is also opening its doors for free on Sunday November 29, and there'll be fun family-friendly activities throughout the day as well. Make the most of the offer this St Andrew's Day weekend and register for your tickets now.
Just in front of the Palace of Holyrood House, the Queen's Gallery is home to treasures and artworks from the Royal Collection. The current exhibition is especially apt for St Andrew's Day, exploring as it does 'Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent'. There'll be 'art spy activity bags' for younger visitors on Sunday November 29, so register for tickets now.
2-for-1 Edinburgh attractions this St Andrew's Day
Meet grisly figures plucked straight out of Scotland's history (including William Wallace and Edinburgh grave robbers Burke and Hare) and hear in their own words how horrible history really is. Better yet, take a pal along for protection - the Dungeon is offering a free adult ticket for every adult ticket purchased from November 16-30. Download your voucher now.
Within this neo-classical complex of buildings you'll find collections of surgical pathology material, instruments, displays on radiology, a dental collection and more. In truth though, it's the gruesome pickled bits of people in jars that the public comes to see. Bring a pal from November 16-30 and get 2-for-1 entry in celebration of St Andrew's Day. Download your voucher now.
Journey inside a network of subterranean hand-carved networks and tunnels, whose original purpose remains a mystery. You'll probably want a pal to hold your hand through the darker bits, so enjoy 2-for-1 entry from November 16-30 as part of St Andrew's Day. Download your voucher now.
This magnificent church building, dating from the late 14th century, has a breathtakingly grandiose interior - but forget all that, bcause for St Andrew's Day, St Giles is granting 2-for-1 access to its spectacular rooftop tours, where you can wander among the spires like some medieval cat burglar. The offer runs from November 27-30 - download your voucher now.
Built to commemorate ‘Ivanhoe’, ‘Waverley’ and ‘Rob Roy’ writer Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument is the world’s biggest monument to a writer. Use the special St Andrew's Day 2-for-1 ticket offer and enlist a buddy to help you clamber all 287 steps to the top, where you'll enjoy fantastic views across Edinburgh (which'll be handily all lit up for Christmas time). The offer runs November 27-30 - download your voucher now.
'Kids go free' Edinburgh attractions this St Andrew's Day
The cabinet of visual wonders at the top of the Royal Mile offers a glimpses of a wide range of visual trickery, plus one of the most unique views of the city skyline you'll ever see. It's also offering a free children's ticket for every adult ticket purchased, from November 16-30, so if you've ever wanted to take the kids along, now's your chance. Download your voucher online.
Kids may not be old enough to drink whisky, but they're still highly likely to enjoy the barrel ride through the Scotch Whisky Experience's replica distillery. Once again, the St Andrew's Day offer gets you one free kids' entry for every full priced adult, November 16-30. Download your voucher now.
You'll need to make sure your kids are made of stern stuff before taking them into Mary King's Close, a genuine city street that lies entombed beneath the Royal Mile. You know the deal by now: one free kiddie for every paying adult. Valid November 27-30, download your voucher now.