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Some of the best attractions in Edinburgh are free

Edinburgh is arguably one of the most popular destinations on a UK and Scotland tour and it's not difficult to see why. The Scottish capital is home to a long list of appealing landmarks, many of which can be visited for free to get a sense of the country's rich culture and history.

If you're lucky enough to get visit Scotland in the early fall, you'll have to make a trip to the Royal Botanic Garden. Founded in 1670, this center has been a popular tourist destination for years. Scientists at the center grow around 36,000 plants representing more than 15,000 difference species.

Though an attractive destination any time of the year, the Royal Botanic Garden is especially appealing during September, when the early autumn foliage is at its peak. If you time things right, you'll also be able to experience the garden's open air photography display.

If you're looking to experience some of the culinary offerings of Edinburgh, you may want to stop by the city's Farmers' Market. Held every Saturday, the much-anticipated market features more than 55 specialist producers. Additionally, if you go on the first Saturday of the month, you'll be treated to a slow food cooking demonstration.

Of course, you can't take a trip to Edinburgh without enjoying some of the city's history, and one of the best ways to do that is by visiting the the National Museum of Scotland. Opened in 1985, the attraction houses centuries-worth of artifacts that offer a glimpse into the lengthy, and often tumultuous, relationship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The museum has housed a wide variety of exhibitions over the years, including a soon-to-be opened one that sheds light on the role vikings played in the development of Scotland. It runs through May 2013.

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