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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Edinburgh

Get ready for an adventure unlike any other with all the exciting things to do in Edinburgh for you and your kids!

Whether you wander down the medieval avenues of The Old Town towards the Edinburgh Castle, or if you decide to pay a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen, you’ll have a whole lot of fantastic, historic, family attractions to explore. In fact, here’s a list of the 11 best history days out in Edinburgh, as recommended by our trusted explorer Trish. 

Speaking about top attractions, Edinburgh is also home to Edinburgh Zoo, the only place where you can see pandas in the UK and one of the best zoos in the UK; plus Dalkeith Country Park, proud owner of one of UK’s top adventure playgrounds. For even more adventure play, take your little ones to The Yard, it’s a wonderful inclusive family attraction, designed for people with disabilities and young kids. 

Up for some science fun? You’ll find lots of weird and wonderful exhibits at  Dynamic Earth and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. If you’re after a little trip down memory lane though, at the Museum of Childhood Edinburgh you’ll be able to rediscover some of the toys of the old days with your kids. 

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy breakdown of the Edinburgh school holiday dates to help.

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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...

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...

Fountain on huntfun Edinburgh trail

Huntfun Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Turn your daily walk with the kids into an exciting adventure. Grab your treasure map and let the clues lead you on the huntfun treasure hunt in Edin...

City Sightseeing Edinburgh bus travelling

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Tour

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

On a City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop on Hop off Tour, 14 stops will carry you from the dizzy heights of Arthur’s Seat, to the narrow wynds of the Old...

Drop ride at The Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Experience the sights, sounds and - ahem - smells of Scotland’s grim history. The Edinburgh Dungeon is 80 minutes of immersive theatre, both hilariou...

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Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Experience films like never before - it's definitely so much better than the living room TV! Jump into movie magic at Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre, wher...

Character at The Real Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh

The Real Mary Kings Close5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Real Mary King's Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand: back in the 1600's, Mary King's...

Entrance to Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

Museum of Childhood Edinburgh5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Museum of Childhood kids and adults will both enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages, from toys and games to health and school da...

Sign for Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh

Museum on the Mound5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum on the Mound is housed in the magnificent purpose built head office of the Bank of Scotland, a beautiful building with a fascinating history....

Edinburgh castle at night on Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

In Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour the narrow streets of Edinburgh you are as likely to meet a mischief maker as a man of genius. Body-snatchers, witch...

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...

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...

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...

Exhibit at The People's Story Museum in Edinburgh

The People's Story Museum

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The People's Story Museum is housed in the late 16th century Canongate Tolbooth opposite Huntly House, and it's a museum with a difference. It uses o...

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...

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...

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!...

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 in costume at The Museum of Edinburgh

The Museum of Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A historic journey awaits all budding explorers at The Museum Of Edinburgh. Described as the city’s treasure box there's so much to discover. The maz...

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...

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