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Edinburgh Cheap Travel Tips And Recommendations

Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Cheap Tips:

1- Look at places other than hotels to stay in! Me and my boyfriend looked on Edlets and found 618 Websters land; it's right by the castle so you have an amazing view, it's just off Grassmarket so you are a walk away from main attractions and the best part, it was around £40 more than a hotel but you get a full flat! We found the cheapest hotel we could and we would've had one room filled with a double bed and a bathroom, with this place we had a studio flat with living space, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. I'd strongly advise looking for this type of place because it's great value for money. (Also the view of the castel from the title picture was the view from outside the flat!!)

2- Utilise free places. Every museum or place we went on the trip was free. We went to Arthur's seat, national gallery, national museum of Scotland, Scottish Parliament and St Giles cathedral. You don't need to pay huge amounts to get in places when there's so much to do and see for free.

3- Walk and see. On one of our days we just walked around and we saw so much more that we would've if we'd just kept to set routes on google maps. Edinburgh is full of stair ways and alleys, they are a great way of seeing a different side to the city. Grassmarket and Princes street are the two main places we walked around and there's so much to see without spending anything.

4- Take the stairs! Edinburgh is full of tourists along the main streets, to save time and frustrations take the stairs dotted along pathways. It gets you away from the busiest places and there's often a great view from the top.


1- Arthur's Seat. This is not for those who don't like a long walk but for those who do its one of the best sights of the city. It's about 1h30-2h walk uphill and once you get to the top you can see the city and surrounding areas, it's completely breathtaking. It's so peaceful and it feels so special to just sit and take the view of the city in. You can't give it justice in words, just go when you're there!
2- Mary's Milkbar. This is an ice cream cafe on Grassmarket and it's the nicest and most reasonably priced icecream place I've been to! I went twice and each time was lovely; the service is also great, very welcoming (even for someone quite shy). I'd recommend salted caramel and hazelnut or one of the sorbets. Seriously though Marys Milkbar is one thing I miss most about Edinburgh, as well as the place we stayed.
3- Spoon cafe. Spoon is a little, upstairs cafe on Nicholson St. It's not the cheapest but the man there is really nice and it has a great atmosphere. It's in a vintage style and the room is airy and clean. It's a great place to retreat to and have some cake and coffee when the city gets a bit too busy, or after your Arthur's seat climb.
4- Taking a stroll down Grassmarket. Its full of small cafes and cute little shops. Its more of a cut through to other places so if you want more of a place to stay in  for longer I'd recommend Princes Stree Garden or the gallery close to that. Grassmarket has a really great vibe to it and you could spend a while just taking in the view of the castle and nosing at the cute shops. 

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