Explore Edinburgh’s history for free


Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have free tickets to give away to some of the best-loved historic sites in Edinburgh as Ticket Giveaway returns for 2019 on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.

Edinburgh Castle, the world-famous icon which has dominated the capital’s skyline for centuries, and Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’ with a fascinating history in its own right, are among over 30 top Historic Scotland attractions taking part throughout the country.

The registration for free tickets opens on Tuesday 12 November at 10am at www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk. Members of the public will have until 5pm on Thursday 28 November to register online and apply for tickets to the attraction of their choice.

Tickets will be released at 10am on Tuesday 12 November at www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk.

This year’s campaign was launched at Jedburgh Abbey, one of the sites participating in the giveaway, encouraging people across Scotland to take advantage of the opportunity to visit some of the country’s most iconic attractions for free.

Commenting on this year’s Ticket Giveaway Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES, said: “I’m delighted to announce details of this year’s Ticket Giveaway, which offers free entry to a host of our winter-opening ticketed attractions over the St Andrew’s Day weekend.

“We’re committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to explore and enjoy our historic environment. If you’ve never visited your local historic site, this is your chance to get out and discover Scotland’s fascinating past for free.”

For a full list of participating sites and to apply for tickets, visit www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk.