Discounted days out in Edinburgh this winter

24 November 2022

We're all feeling the tightening of our purse strings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some engaging, entertaining and educational days out.

Running until 31 March 2023, VisitScotland have launched a new incentive scheme, Great Days Out, to encourage people to experience some of the very best of Scotland, with up to 50% discount at participating visitor attractions.

And what better time to discover Scotland’s capital city than during its famous festive season!

Whether coming from afar or 'playing tourist' in your own capital, take a look at just some of the Edinburgh attractions offering discounts this autumn and winter.

Edinburgh Castle

Ross Fountain And Castle

What is Edinburgh without the castle? One of the most intrinsic parts of Edinburgh’s tourist experiences is, of course, visiting its most-recognised landmark.

From battles to banquets, jewels to jousting tournaments, embark on a tour of this mighty fortress and fully submerge yourself in its rich history.

As part of Great Days Out, kids' tickets are only £1.00 per person (when purchased with a full price adult/concession ticket). Book online at Edinburgh’s Castle website using code VSBEANO.


Silent Adventures

Ready to let loose on the streets of Edinburgh? Well, with Silent Adventures, you can. 

They offer hour-long sessions of unadulterated fun through the shared passion for joy through music. The use of high-tech headsets ensures maximum sound quality, allowing for maximum funky dance moves. Nothing like a bit of boogeying to heat you up in the crisp Edinburgh air.

Using the online promo code GreatDaysOut will get you 10% off your ticket, leaving you with even fewer excuses to say no to this fantastically unique experience.


Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours Family OG

Mercat Tours offer immersive storytelling experiences that unveil Edinburgh’s rich past in a fresh, modern, and engaging way.

As part of the Great Days Out initiative, Mercat are offering a 10% discount on their 1pm Ghostly Underground Tour. These tours provide invaluable historical lessons perfect for anybody, whether a history buff or a novice looking to learn more.

Only redeemable by booking via phone (0131 225 5445) and quoting Ghostly Winter.


Go Quest Adventures

A treasure hunt like you have never seen before! Go Quest Adventures’ interactive digital trail will guide you through the streets of Edinburgh on a quest for secret clues to solve riddles and puzzles to reveal the mystery. 

So, gather together your friends and family, put your detective hats on and get ready for a walking tour like no other. To make the prospect even more exciting, Go Quest are offering 20% off their Edinburgh trails, using the checkout code DAYSOUT20 when booked on their website.

Their quests are for up to five people, but children under the age of 10 are not included in the five and go free.


The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary Kings Group On The Close

Hidden below the City Chambers on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile lies a network of hidden streets where real people dwelled between the 17th and 19th centuries. 

To discover why leaving your home between 7am and 10pm was strictly prohibited and what life was really like for those occupying these hidden streets, you’ll want to book a tour with The Real Mary King’s Close. Tours of this lesser-known time capsule will unveil the ins and outs of the plague epidemic and the many myths and legends surrounding this piece of the past!

To receive 50% off children’s tickets on Saturday and Sunday tours starting at 9:30am or 9:45am, book via their website using code DAYSOUT. Available from 01 November until 18 December 2022.


Johnnie Walker Princes Street

JWPS Landscape Of Flavour

Edinburgh’s newest whisky attraction, Johnnie Walker Princes Street, opened in autumn 2021 and has astonished visitors with eight floors of immersive exploration through the 200-year old history behind the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky.

Discover Scotland’s national drink like you’ve never seen it before.

Enjoy 2 for 1 on the Journey of Flavour tour. Book on their website using code DAYSOUT2022 at the checkout. Valid for bookings Sunday to Thursday only during November & December 2022. 18+ years only.


See VisitScotland's website for the complete list of Edinburgh attractions and experiences taking part in Great Days Out.