Edinburgh Spending Money
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2012 10:54 AM Last Post By: serishana777
Apr 12, 2012 3:29 AM
Edinburgh Spending MoneyHi,
I'm heading to Edinburgh tomorrow for 3 nights with my friends.
I'm on a tight budget due to various reasons and it looks like i'll have about £200 for the 3 days.
Is this enough? We plan to do 2 bus tours and head for dinner and drinks but I won't be doing any shopping.
Thanks in advance.
Apr 12, 2012 4:04 AM
1I have no idea do this include your transport and lodgings? Edinburgh is not that big so i would say 2 bus tours would not be necessary but as you haven't said what they are it is a bit difficult to suggest anything. But if you are from Dublin, Edinburgh is quite a bit cheaper for drinking and eating.
Apr 12, 2012 4:10 AM
Apr 12, 2012 5:19 AM
Apr 12, 2012 11:24 AM
4All the ghost tours and similar "nasty side of Edinburgh" tours are walking tours. Wouldn't bother with the bus tour as most of what you'd likely to want to see will be within 10 minutes walk of the Royal Mile if not on the RM itself. More importantly more of them are free.
The exceptions to being near the Royal Mile are the zoo, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Botanics & Roslyn Chapel all of which have excellent public transport links (£1.40 per bus ride, £3.50 for a day ticket with Lothian Buses).
The expensive major attractions are the Castle, zoo, Royal Yacht & Holyrood Palace but I'd recommend the Camera Obscura by the castle on a sunny day.
Find the rooftop terrace of the National Museum of Scotland for some excellent views that don't require you to walk up a hill or go to the Library Room at Debenhams on Princes Street for good views of the castle - and the One-o-Clock gun. If you are veggie then Hendersons Cafe underneath St John's Church at the west end of Princes Street does good food. They also have a main restaurant / bistro / deli on Hannover Street. Good curries can be found at the Mosque Kitchen on Nicolson Square, Ann Purna on St Patrick's Square and the Kalpna on Nicolson Street facing St Patrick's Square. Do go into The Dome Guildford Arms & Cafe Royal for b*gg*r me moments.
If you are into that sort of thing there's a car boot sale in the bottom level of the Omni Centre car park (east end of Princes Street then slightly downhill) on a Sunday. It always reminds me of East Germany for some reason.
Apr 19, 2012 4:30 AM
5£200 should be sufficient for you, but you will have to curtail drinking expenses and you may also not be able to have food at the best restaurants. I think your sightseeing and ghost tour should be fun. Do not worry about your budget. I think you will have a good time at Edinburgh.
Apr 22, 2012 10:54 AM
6I think the bus tours are excellent - a really good way to see the city and find out a bit more about it than you would get from simply wandering around. (Though that's fun in Edinburgh too - no one closes their curtains in the New Town!)
The ghost walking tours are good too - especially the Mary King's Close one - scared the pants off me!
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