Edinburgh for Free!

By Laura McLean

At the moment it is as if everyone wants a piece of your bank balance. We’re all feeling the pinch and a simple day out can end up being very expensive.  But before you put your slippers on and resign yourself to yet another day in front of the telly, here’s some free, yes, I said FREE, things to do in Edinburgh this week.

Why not take a look at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo Visitor Centre? It’s free to the public and tells the story of the internationally renowned event. And you can see how Scotland developed through the 20th century, experiencing war, industrial growth and emigration at the Museum of Scotland’s exhibition, Scotland: A Changing Nation. For the fashionistas among us there’s a Jean Muir exhibition at the Museum too. Famous for her use of tactile fabrics and minimalist designs, Muir had a large and loyal fanbase, from royalty to politicians, actresses and models. Jean Muir: A Fashion Icon examines Muir’s training, early career and emergence as a major designer in the 1960s.

The Museum of Scotland courtesy of undiscoveredscotland.co.uk
The Museum of Scotland courtesy of undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

But for those of you passionate about the future of the country, the National Library of Scotland will tonight host a free talk about the future of the Scotland’s independence. Doors open at 7.

And what about the kids?  If the sun is shining a day out to the Botanic Gardens should go down a treat. There’s plenty of grass to roll around on and some spring flowers are just starting to bloom. If it’s raining, and let’s face it it probably will be, then the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile is filled with toys and games from all over the world.

So, there you have it. Come rain or shine Edinburgh has something to offer everyone. If you’re determined to veg in front of the telly then who am I to stop you. But think of all the money you’ll be saving on electricity when you go out on the town.