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Tourism venues in St Andrew’s Day cheap entry vow

Venues across Scotland, including the Edinburgh Dungeons, are offering free or discounted entry to celebrate St Andrew's Day. Picture: Comp

Venues across Scotland, including the Edinburgh Dungeons, are offering free or discounted entry to celebrate St Andrew's Day. Picture: Comp

A host of popular tourist sites are offering free or discounted entry to encourage Scots to learn about the nation’s culture.

Places including Edinburgh Dungeons, Robert Burns theatre in Dumfries, House for An Art Lover in Glasgow and a host of aquariums and leisure centres are taking part in the programme between November 18 and December 1 to help celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

The “day out” scheme follows a recent Government announcement that £350,000 will be spent on celebrations to mark Scotland’s patron saint day, Burns Night and a series of winter festivals.

A total of 19 events are to receive the money to promote culture, heritage and creativity across the country, the Scottish Government said.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop met children in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden today to promote the visitor centre scheme.

She said: “St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity for Scots and Scots at heart around the world to celebrate all that is great about our nation - including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our warm and friendly welcome.

“What better way to enjoy our national day than to gather together friends and family to explore what’s on offer?

“We want Scots to take advantage of the diverse range of events and activities on their doorstep and celebrate a fun-filled St Andrew’s Day out this year.”

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