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48 Hours in Edinburgh

The Best of the Scottish Capital in Two Days

Named one of the best cities in the world to live in last year, Edinburgh offers a fantastic blend of culture, tradition and entertainment. However, like many capital cities in Western Europe, it can also be an expensive place for visitors.

But it's still possible to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city without breaking the bank. Here's how to make the most of 48 hours in Edinburgh on a budget!

Day One

National Museum of Scotland

Scotland is a country steeped in history, and the capital city is certainly no exception - there are dozens of museums offering an insight into the country's past. As many are free to enter, they make a great place to start a cultural getaway in Edinburgh.

Located on Chambers Street, it's easy to while away a morning at the National Museum of Scotland (open daily) which currently features two exhibitions - 'Jean Muir: A Fashion Icon' and 'A Changing Nation' - that attempt to encapsulate the essence of Scotland.

The Writers' Museum

After a few hours in the company of Scotland's political and social history, travelers might like to head down to Lady Stair's House on the nearby Royal Mile. Also free to enter, the museum offers an insight into the country's equally rich literary heritage. The collection includes the original writing desks and printing presses of their most revered literary figures, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns.

The Cuckoo's Nest

Following a long day filled with culture, visitors will often find themselves caught up in the city's lively vibe after dark. The Cuckoo's Nest pub, which can be found on Home Street, serves cheap drinks and really good food in friendly atmosphere.

The cozy feel and retro décor make this pub popular with the city's large student population, and the bustling atmosphere and good prices keep visitors drinking long into the night.

Head Back for the Night

If you're on a budget, the city's chic hotels may be a bit out of you league, but there are a number of hostels in Edinburgh which offer fantastic value for money in the center of Edinburgh.

Smart City Hostels, in the heart of the Old Town, has a great location, superb facilities and unbeatable prices. The hostel includes a lounge area, computer stations, games room and a fully licensed bar - the ideal place to rest your weary feet after a long day exploring the city.

Day Two

Old Town

Nursing a hangover next morning (after one too many Scottish ales), the traditional Old Town makes a relaxing place to start another day of sightseeing. With its medieval architecture and cobbled streets, it's a place that charms visitors with its distinct boutiques and old-fashioned pubs in the Grassmarket - perfect for a lunchtime pint!

The Stand Comedy Club

Edinburgh is renowned for its 'Fringe Festival' - an extensive event which features the best in comedy. Although the festival is held in August, there are plenty of talented performances to be seen throughout the year in the city's many comedy clubs.

The Stand (on Queen Street) is one of the most popular and, with ticket prices ranging from free up to £14, offers an excellent value way to spend your second evening in Edinburgh.