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Things To Do & Days Out near Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle (< 1 mile)
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Edinburgh Castle No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Castle, with spectacular views and an amazing history. See the Stone of Destiny, and the crown jewels, explore the battlements and stone vaults, and loads more!
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National War Museum Explore over 400 years of Scottish military history within the historic setting of Edinburgh castle. A number of excellent displays that are full of numerous artefacts, will help you discover how war has left its mark on Scotland.
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions A chance to see Edinburgh as you never have before, from the rooftop and through a giant periscope! Loads of cool hands on exhibits, optical illusions, hidden images, holograms, and more! You won’t believe your eyes!
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The Cadies and Witchery Tours join professional costumed guides for a suspenseful and amusing tour of Edinburgh's Old Town suitable for brave kids and their families. Choose from Ghosts And Gore or Murder And Mystery versions!
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Museum on the Mound Want to see a million pounds or Scotland's oldest banknote? Explore the changing face of Edinburgh or crack open a safe? You can do this and more at the Museum on the Mound. Free to visit!
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The Real Mary Kings Close 1600s period tour with costumed guide and characters throughout the recreated environment. It is atmospheric and some stories are a bit blood curdling, so choose your kids' suitability for this wisely.
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National Museum of Scotland Has loads of stuff that kids will love, like the life size T Rex, costumed deep sea diving game, Viking Tour and mock archaeological dig site, and more! As educational as you want to make it: lots to learn but lots to just goggle at too!
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The Edinburgh Treasure Trail Explore Edinburgh on a treasure hunt with this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions and solve the clues to reveal the location of the lost treasure!
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Edinburgh Dungeons The ultimate thrill-filled journey through Scotland’s murky past! 11 live shows, and 80 minutes of laughter, screaming, theatre, history and special effects. Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh but with older kids only.
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Edinburgh Bus Tours Edinburgh city sightseeing from an open top bus including a Forth Bridges Bus and Boat tour, and tour that includes looking around the Royal Britannia Yacht.
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Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour If you're visiting on a budget and have a few hours to spare a free fun tour is just what the banker ordered! Perhaps for the less boisterous child, or one who's already been run ragged! One of many family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
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St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments The oldest concert hall in Scotland and a museum of musical instruments. Re Opening Late 2016.
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Museum of Childhood Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane!
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The People's Story Museum Explore the lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh from the late 18th century to present day, in an historic building built in 1591. Plenty to see and do, open all year, and free to visit!
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Doodles Ceramics Workshop Paint-your-own pottery workshop.
The Yard (< 1 mile)
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The Yard Creative and adventure play for children and young people with additional support needs! Loads of different acitivities, plus a number of clubs for different ages. A great way to have fun and make friends with support from the play team.
Tenpin Edinburgh (< 1 mile)
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Tenpin Edinburgh is a bowling centre located in Dundee Street. We have 18 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
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The Museum of Edinburgh A delightful maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
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Our Dynamic Earth Thundering tropical storms, icy winds from the North Pole and moving tectonic plates bring the extremes of Planet Earth to life at Edinburgh's 5 star visitor attraction for families.
Gambado (< 1 mile)
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Gambado We offer children the chance to play, learn, explore and party in some of the most exciting indoor play venues in the world. Try our 31 seat carousel. Bring the children to Gambado and let them play in a fun and above all safe environment whilst learning some of the most valuable development skills
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Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history especially the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.
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RBGE and John Hope Gateway boasts 70 acres of beautifully themed and landscaped gardens and glass houses, plus public access microscopes and loads of useful facilities in the centre. Cool!
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Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers Decent main, lane and teaching pool swimming facilities with an additional diving pool for the kids to show off in! Plus Clambers adventure play and party centre is on the same site and they do a mutual discount. Handy!
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Meadows and Bruntfield Links Park in the centre of Edinburgh with loads to do for children of all ages - everything from a flying fox, sand play, swings, slides, climbing frames and suitable for toddlers to teens.
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Gorgie City Farm - with its animals and gardens, has always been considered as a place to visit, relax and see what's new, and of course it's free so even a short visit is good value! Spot chickens, woolly sheep, oinking pigs, adventurous goats and long tongued cows, especially if you buy some feed!
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Murrayfield Ice Rink A great ice skating rink, offering a variety of sessions suitable for different ages and ability levels. Family Skating, and Disco Sessions available twice per week. Plenty of skates in different sizes to hire.
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Jungle Adventure Edinburgh Lushly themed jungle adventure play area plus sports pitch and Safari Kiddie Quads! Exciting features include volcano, roller challenge, drop slide and web slide alongside loads more! Unleash the little monkeys!
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Clown Around Indoor Play Centre Loads of physical play fun with a multi level adventure play structure, trampolines for all age ranges, a particularly good toddler zone and a mesmerising sensory room to calm everyone down!
Alien Rock (2 miles)
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Alien Rock Indoor climbing! Discover the thrill and excitement of climbing walls 10 meters high! Try walls from easy slabs to steep overhangs. Kids clubs at weekends, taster sessions, parties and groups. Parent and child courses. Suitable for 8's and over. Please book in advance for all instruction.
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Maddie and Marks Play Town Soft play within Ocean Terminal shopping and leisure complex with separate zones for toddlers up to tweenies.
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The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay attached to a friendly pub, this is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone, that can also be booked out for children's parties!
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World Of Bowling offers 12 AMF professional ten pin bowling lanes, sports bar and cafe plus snooker and pool tables. Even the odds for the smalls with gutter guards and balls ramps!
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The Ceramic Experience Friendly paint-your-own pottery studio, with soft play and cafe too! So make a mess, make a fuss, make time for a treat, and make a bee line for the Ceramic Experience!
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The Royal Yacht Britannia Explore 5 decks of this famous ship with your complimentary audio guide and learn all about the fabulous luxury that carried the Royal Family a million miles over 40 years! It's so big there was even a Rolls-Royce for driving on board!
Edinburgh Zoo (3 miles)
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Edinburgh Zoo - is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland offering the opportunity to see over 1000 wonderful animals, including their new, first ever banteng calf! Great idea for fun things to do with kids in Edinburgh
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Tumbles at Portobello Multi-level play frame with distinct zones for babies (under 12 months), Toddlers (under 3 years) and Juniors (4-10 years).
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Orcadia Trampoline Centre 5 full sized trampolines embedded into the floor and soft play bricks at one end for younger ones make this a soft play centre with a difference.
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Midlothian Snowsports Centre Skiing, snowboarding and race training for the serious types with all sorts of lessons available, plus Junior and Premium Tubing for kids over 4 and kids who never grew up. We mean you! Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
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Wester Hailes Education Centre Centre with 25m leisure pool, diving pool with 2 boards, plus toddler pool. Also has fitness suite, plus lots of activities for kids, including karate, gymnastics, basketball, badminton and more! Junior Holiday Sports Camp during school holidays.
Time Twisters (4 miles)
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Time Twisters offers a completely unique soft play experience for both children and parents; with its state of the art play facilities and unique Ancient Egyptian themed environment.
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Amazone at the Kabin A 3 tier jungle themed adventure soft play facility with all the classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, plus a comfy cafe for parents.
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Edinburgh Combat Challenge Zero contact combat gaming for over 6s played in an outdoor arena with cammo gear and loads of natural obstacles and hiding places. Crunch through the leaves, slink through the trees, and shoot everyone you see! Zapzapzap!
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Jamboree Adventure Soft Play Multi-level soft play centre in Musselburgh Sports Centre where you will also find a 25m swimming pool.
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Dalkeith Country Park is an open space with rivers and woodlands to explore. Cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers are all welcome. Please note the Adventure Playground is closed for redevelopment until 2015.
Scrambles (7 miles)
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Scrambles play frame for children 2 to 5 years old and a play frame for children up to 9 years old. Recent additions include a bigger chute, and an interactive Flasma floor with HD moving images.
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Prestongrange Museum A museum site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, you can still see the remnants of glass works, potteries, coal mine and brick works, as well as the Hoffman Kiln and the unique Cornish Beam Engine. Games, toys and trails keep children occupied inside and out.
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Beacon Leisure Centre 25 meter free-form swimming pool with fun flumes and wave machine.
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Newbattle Swimming Pool Pool offering a diverse range of water based activities, with facilities that include 25m swimming pool, 8m training pool, and high and spring diving boards. Disability accessible. A number of party options available.
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Maid of the Forth is a Sightseeing Boat Trip under Forth Bridges and to Inchcolm Island. Depart daily from Hawes Pier South Queensferry, Edinburgh. 90min Cruise with option to land on Inchcolm Island to make the trip 3 hours.
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Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Largest indoor climbing arena in Europe offering climbing and bouldering for ages 4 and up. Aerial assault course and abseiling also available. Scrambles Soft Play and Rock Tots Play Mega Room for your little monkeys. They do parties too!
At Day Out With The Kids, we've tried to put together as many great family days out & things to do with kids in Edinburgh as possible, especially those that are affordable for everyone. Popular attractions include Edinburgh Castle and National War Museum, although there are many more to discover. If you've been on a fun day out in the area you'd like to share, please contact us so other families visiting Edinburgh can enjoy it too!

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