• Edinburgh Money Saving Tips

    Save money when you visit Edinburgh with our top money saving tips below.

    kids@apex Stay and Eat Free

    Kids aged 12 years or under staying at our hotel eat and drink for free when dining off our kids menu, when dining with an accompanying paying guest staying and dining at the hotel. Kids aged 13 to 17 stay free, but pay for all meals consumed at the hotel. A maximum of two children per room may be accommodated. This offer is restricted to one child per paying guest. Please note that our family rooms are subject to availability – so you'd better be quick!

    Exclusive Discounts for Apex Hotels Guests

    Simply show your Apex key card at these Edinburgh attractions and you will get a handy discount!

    Edinburgh Attraction Discounts >

    Edinburgh Dining Deals

    Apex Edinburgh Restaurants serve up great value fixed price menus across the city. Click on these links to see our menus and special offers!

    Free Attractions in Edinburgh

    Fantastic attractions in Edinburgh, better still, they're free!

    City Art Centre | www.cac.org.uk
    Home to the city’s own art collection and venue for major international exhibitions.

    Greyfriar’s Bobby | www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/
    Stop for a photo alongside the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby, the loyal Skye Terrier who stayed by his owner’s grave for 14 years.

    Museum of Childhood | www.cac.org.uk
    Childhood memories galore – from cuddly toys to castor oil!

    Museum of Edinburgh | www.cac.org.uk
    Discover the history of Edinburgh from the earliest settlement to the present day.

    Museum of Scotland | www.nms.ac.uk
    Take a journey of discovery throughout this museum which includes a dedicated kids area, Connect.

    The People’s Story Museum | www.cac.org.uk
    The story of the ordinary people of Edinburgh from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

    Princes Street Gardens
    A welcome oasis across from Edinburgh’s busiest shopping street. Kids will love the adventure playground in West Princes Street Gardens.

    Tartan Weaving Mill & Exhibition | www.geoffreykilts.co.uk/
    Sitting next to Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile the mill offers the opportunity to see tartan cloth in the making!

    The Writer’s Museum | www.cac.org.uk
    Based on the famous Royal Mile, this museum includes collections by Burns, Scott and Stevenson.

    Calton Hill
    Climb the steps from Waterloo Place to the monument covered Calton Hill for panoramic views of the city below.

    National Gallery of Scotland | www.nationalgalleries.org
    A major landmark in Edinburgh’s landscape, this vast gallery complex includes works by Titian, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

    Royal Scottish Academy Building | www.nationalgalleries.org
    Based on ‘The Mound’, this attraction includes the cream of contemporary Scottish art through an ongoing programme of exhibitions.

    Scottish National Portrait Gallery | www.nationalgalleries.org
    Explore the lives and achievements of great Scots, past and present from Robbie Burns to Robbie Coltrane.

    Arthur’s Seat
    The city’s highest climb (250m) is in fact an extinct volcano, follow the path to take you to the top in around 30 minutes.

    Dean Gallery | www.nationalgalleries.org
    Set in beautiful sculpture gardens, just across the road from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art this impressive building includes Scottish and International modern art.

    Royal Botanic Garden | www.rbge.org.uk
    An oasis of calm situated to the north of the city centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy more than 70 acres of beautiful grounds.

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | www.nationalgalleries.org
    In the West end of the city, this gallery has an impressive ‘land form’ in its grounds and includes a selection of Scottish and International modern art including Matisse, Dali, Warhol and Hirst.

    The Scottish Parliament | www.scottish.parliament.uk
    Probably Scotland’s most controversial building, located at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Make up your own mind with a visit.

    Free Walking Tours of Edinburgh | www.neweuropetours.eu
    A three hour free tour of Edinburgh is the perfect way to discover all that Scotland's Capital city has to offer.

    For more information on what to see and do in Edinburgh visit www.edinburgh.org

    Edinburgh Pass

    With free entry to over 30 top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, free comprehensive guidebook as well as loads of exclusive offers, the Edinburgh Pass is the best way to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer. Typical savings of £20 on a 3 Day Pass. Visit www.edinburghpass.org for more information.

    Edinburgh Insider Tips

    "The Water of Leith is a lovely river walk which links Balerno to Leith, my favourite section is between the Modern Art Gallery and Stockbridge." www.waterofleith.org.uk
    Karen Robinson, Payroll Manager

    "Edinburgh is a surprisingly green city, with some beautiful spots to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Choose from Princes Street Gardens, The Meadows or the Royal Botanic Gardens for starters."
    Lindsay Sturrock, General Manager, Apex City Hotel

    "Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a great place to spend some time. Once a medieval market place and site for public executions, the area is now better known for its eating, drinking and independent boutiques all located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. And of course, it’s home to the Apex International and Apex City Hotels!"
    Scott Wilson, Guest Relations Manager, Apex International Hotel

    "Some of the city’s best views will give you a real feel for the city. Some of my favourites include the view from the Dean Bridge in the West End and the view from the cross roads of George Street and Hanover Street looking over the Firth of Forth to Fife."
    Linda Galt, Marketing Manager

    "Check out The Shore in Leith, Edinburgh’s city quarter by the sea. A selection of old and new buildings include a number of cosy pubs for some liquid refreshment!"
    Emma Richards, Sales Executive