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Flowers both common and rare can be found in this little corner of paradise. Located not far from Dean Village, you’ll find the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. The gardens date all the way back to 1670 when the space was founded as a physic garden. Today, the Gardens are regularly used in ground breaking research… and they’re free to visit!
 
With the Castle at one end and Holyrood Park at the other, the Royal Mile is one of those ‘must-see Edinburgh’ attractions that most certainly can’t be missed on any trip to the city. Located in the very heart of the city, a walk down the Royal Mile will allow you to see plenty of pubs, churches and other historic buildings.
 
Overlooking the sea and filled with flowers, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as heading to the Gardens of Lauriston Castle. While you have to pay to visit the Castle itself, the gardens are completely free to visit (and chill out in). Barely twenty-five minutes by bus from the middle of the city, here you’ll find a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden and plenty of green space to wander around.
 
Edinburgh is filled with little spaces, cobbled alleyways and green areas. One such is most unexpected and located just off from the Royal Mile. Dunbars Close is a secret little garden which is free to visit and hidden in plain sight, meaning that it most definitely makes the list of the best free things to do in Edinburgh!
 
With a view over the city below, Arthur’s Seat is the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. It could be argued that there is no better way to get a feel for the city than by getting a bird’s eye perspective of it. Free to visit and climb, you can see Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle and many other iconic sites from the top.
 

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.