Edinburgh attractions to visit for free on St Andrew's Day

Special offers and free entry at Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and more this St Andrew's Day
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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

Edinburgh Castle
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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Edinburgh Castle

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One of the UK's top visitor attractions, Edinburgh Castle will be entirely free on Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29. You still have to register for tickets though - registration closes on Friday November 27.

Craigmillar Castle
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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Craigmillar Castle

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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.

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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Palace Of Holyroodhouse

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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.

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Art

The Queen's Gallery

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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

Attractions

The Edinburgh Dungeon

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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.

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Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums

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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.

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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Gilmerton Cove

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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.

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Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

Lauriston Castle

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This historic Edinburgh home originally dates from as far back as the late 1500s, though its stately rooms have been periodically updated since then. You can take a 2-for-1 tour at 2pm on Novemer 21-22 & 28-29 in the run-up to St Andrew's Day - download your voucher now.

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Attractions, Religious buildings and sites

St Giles Cathedral

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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.

Scott Monument, Attractions, Things to do, Edinburgh
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Things to do

Scott Monument

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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

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Things to do

Camera Obscura And World Of Illusions

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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.

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Attractions

Royal Yacht Britannia

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Explore all five decks, from the bridge to the engine room, on this floating palace that served the Royal Family for over 40 years. Again, there's a free kids' ticket with every adult ticket purchased from November 16-30 - download your voucher now.

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Things to do

Scotch Whisky Experience

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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.

The Real Mary King's Close
The Real Mary King's Close
Attractions, Historic buildings and sites

The Real Mary King's Close

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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.

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