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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Edinburgh and Lothian

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 427 fun things to do in Edinburgh and Lothian for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Edinburgh, Prestonpans, Haddington and Cockenzie and Port Seton. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 292 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Edinburgh and Lothian day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Edinburgh and Lothian with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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The Edinburgh Treasure Trail

The Edinburgh Treasure Trail

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hunt for clues as you explore on the Edinburgh self guided themed Treasure Trail and locate the long lost treasure! You'll discover all manner of thi...

Deep Sea World

Deep Sea World

  • North Queensferry
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Take a peek into life deep underwater at Deep Sea World - Scotland's national aquarium. Located beneath the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge, it’s home...

A little boy on the phone with his family in an Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Take your kids to Escape Hunt Edinburgh and put your puzzle-solving skills to the test in one of 4 epic themed rooms. Even though the games are more...

Landscape of Meadows and Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh

Meadows and Bruntfield Links

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Meadows and Bruntfield Links is a park in the centre of Edinburgh with loads to do for children of all ages - everything from a flying fox, sand play...

People painting at Doodles Ceramics Workshop in Edinburgh

Doodles Ceramics Workshop

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Doodles Ceramics Workshop is a paint-your-own pottery workshop. Choose from their range of white, unglazed pottery items. The range includes mugs, pl...

Indoor soft play frame at Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers in Edinburgh

Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool known locally as ‘Commie Pool' the facilities here comprise an excellent 50m main pool with 8 lanes set aside, pl...

Cineworld Edinburgh

Cineworld Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Immerse into the wondrous world of cinematic adventures with the latest family-friendly films at Cineworld Edinburgh. Share the magic of the big scre...

Girl snow tubing at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Edinburgh

Midlothian Snowsports Centre

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Midlothian Snowsports Centre has skiing and snowboarding of course, but so much more if you've got kids along! Tubing is also known as Ringos and it'...

Tenpin Edinburgh

Tenpin Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Scotland’s capital is packed with sights and sounds, but on a rainy day or after trucking about town, families want fun all wrapped up for them. Intr...

Baby goat at Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh

Gorgie City Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Do your little ones love wildlife? Take them down to Gorgie City Farm where you’ll get to visit, pet and sometimes even cuddle the friendly animals....

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Edinburgh Lothian Road

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Who doesn’t love a trip to the movies? Whether it be the latest animated wonder from Pixar or a thrilling adventure in the depths of space, there’s s...

Sheep at National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

While obviously National Museum of Scotland is a great place to learn new things, it's just as easily appreciated for the fun of its stunning collect...

Staff dressed as dracula at The Cadies and Witchery Tours in Edinburgh

The Cadies and Witchery Tours

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

The award winning Cadies and Witchery Tours are an excellent way for brave families to spend an evening getting to know the darker side of the city!...

Girl looking at threads at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh

Dovecot Studios

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dovecot Studios is a leading international tapestry studio, which is surrounded by a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design. Based in...

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh. Over 1,000 years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock, and it is easy to see why it h...

Family at National War Museum in Edinburgh

National War Museum

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

National War Museum offers a chance for curious minds of all ages to investigate the story of Scotland at War, within the grand and historic setting...

Kids by see-through ball at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Get ready for six floors full of interactive and hands-on fun at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. This fascinating way to see the stunning city...

Outside view of St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments in Edinburgh

St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments is part of Edinburgh University's Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (EUCHMI), which is one of the wor...

Guide and kids at Advocate's Close in Mercat Tours in Edinburgh

Mercat Tours

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

See all the gruesome, ghostly and downright gross bits of Edinburgh with Mercat Tours. As well as a highly accredited team of guides to bring the str...

Edinburgh Codebreaking Walk

Edinburgh Codebreaking Walk

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Fancy taking the kids for a walk around Edinburgh? Make your day out in the historic city even more exciting and discover the hidden wonders of Edinb...

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