The best free things to do in Edinburgh are some of the Scottish capital’s most exciting and dynamic attractions. So, whether you’re a traveler on a budget or simply an adventurer with an enthusiasm for exploring, read on for a guide to the 10 best free things to do in Edinburgh:
We’re so looking forward to welcoming you to Scotland. Our priority, of course, is to make sure that you’re safe and comfortable and so we’re fully accredited with Scotland’s ‘Good to Go’ scheme that ensures we are adhering to the government and public health guidance and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assestment to make sure we have the required processes and protocols in place.
We’re Good To Go, giving you peace of mind.
This means that as of 26th April, we’re ready to welcome guests back to our self-catering properties in Edinburgh. But here’s a full breakdown of the Scottish timeline for easing covid restrictions. We’ll endeavour to keep this updated so that you can be confident that you’re safe and enjoying your holiday within the guidance and rules brought about by the pandemic. If you have questions then, of course, please get in touch.
- Up to 6 people from up to 6 households, plus children under 12, can socialise outdoors.
- Removal of travel distance limit within Scotland for outdoor, small group recreation, socialising or exercising (but not stay away from your local authority area overnight for that purpose).
- Up to 6 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public space such as a cafe or restaurant.
- Unrestricted travel within Scotland, England and Wales (subject to other local restrictions in place).
- All shops, stores and close contact services can open.
- Hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until: 20:00 indoors (no alcohol)Local licensing laws apply outdoors (alcohol permitted).
- Non-essential childcare permitted.Non-essential in-house work permitted.
- Tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering).
- Driving lessons and tests can take place.
- Funerals and weddings including post-funeral events and receptions can take place with up to 50 people (alcohol permitted).
- Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise.
- Indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries can open.
- Takeaway food can be collected indoors.
- Up to 4 people from 2 household can socialise indoors in a private home and up to 6 people from up to 3 households may socialise in an indoors public space.
- Up to 8 people from up to 8 households may socialise outdoors.
- Hospitality venues can open until: 22:30 indoors (alcohol permitted, 2 hour slots). Outdoors – local licensing laws apply.
- All organised sport and exercise activity permitted except adult indoor contact sports.
- Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open, subject to capacity constraints.
- Outdoor and indoorevents can resume. Maximum capacities – indoors (100), outdoors seated (500) and outdoors free-standing (250) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements.
- Universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning.
- Adult organised non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors.
- Up to 8 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 6 people from up to 3 households in a private dwelling.
- Up to 12 people from 12 households can socialise outdoors.
- Hospitality can remain open (indoors) until 23:00 and local licensing laws outdoors. Attendance at events can increase with maximum capacities of indoors (200), outdoors seated (1000) and outdoor free-standing (500) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements.
- Increased numbers at life events (100).
- Funfairs and soft play can open, subject to capacity constraints.
From End June
- Up to 10 people from up to 4 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 8 people from up to 4 households in a private dwelling.
- Up to 15 people from up to 15 households can socialise outdoors.
- A phased and limited return of some office staff.Events increase numbers – indoors (400), outdoors seated (2000) and outdoors free-standing (1000) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements.
- Increased numbers at life events (200).
Haste Ye Back
Whether you’re heading to Edinburgh to meet up with family, to attend a small wedding or just to remind yourself what a city break feels like – we’re here to make your stay as comfortable and as memorable as possible. We’ll be blogging about the traditional Edinburgh Festivals and how they’re panning out for 2021, as well as plenty of other updates on what’s happening in Edinburgh over the next few months. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome and wonderful accommodation and we can’t wait to meet you!