Edinburgh is expensive. Eating, playing, and living all might cost you an arm and a leg. The good news is that there are a few exceptions to the the outrageous expenses one might incur in Scotland; being old, being super young, or being a broke uni student. Guess which one I am?
There are tons of discounts for students, similar to the states, but also cards and offers you can get if you are in the right place at the right time. I have a Student Recommended Card that gives discounts on certain days at certain pubs and a SNAPfax, which is similar to a continual Groupon. The best investment I have made was in the Edinburgh One Day Pass. You get to be a kid (bairn) again as well as get a bargain (bairn- again- HaHa Get It!).
It requires skilled planning, coordinated effort, and tons of communication (glad to see my degrees are paying off) to be able to see 5 of Edinburgh’s tourist attractions in 24 hours for £29.
Edinburgh Zoo: £15.50
This has the best penguin exhibit I have ever seen! You can get close to them and see them from all angles. They also have the only giant pandas in the UK.
Dynamic Earth: £10.80
This exhibit took you through the ages of the earth. It is very interactive and educational. Plus there was a dome movie at the end about astronauts!
Camera Obscura: £9.95
Every optical illusion, warped mirror, and ancient camera is on display at this exhibit. It is a great placing where taking lots of pictures is acceptable. This was our favorite place and we will definitely be going there again before iIleave.
Edinburgh Dungeon: £16.20
Scary, interactive, and fun are three words I would use to describe this attraction. The actors would taunt and talk to us, but they never touched. The “rides” were short, but scary if your a pansy like me.
Reekie Terror Tour: £12
This was probably the scariest, not because of the ride or the actors, but the history and truth behind it. We went underground to the vaults where traders kept their supplies, the homeless and convicts took shelter, and where Wiccans practice. The tour guide showed us real torture devices used on people back in the 17th and 18th century (the female ones were horrible). I would have been more daring to go into the dark vaults if my strong, fearless fiance was here, but he isn’t, so I chickened out.
Airlink Bus Pass: £6
This came with the pass, and usually goes form the airport to city centre, but we used it to get to the zoo for free!
Total Cost: £70.45
Total Savings: £41.45
I would highly recommend this for everyone and anyone. It was an affordable way to see what the city has to offer. The best part is that there are over 30 things you can do with the pass and you can do it as many times as you want!