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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Edinburgh

Get ready for an adventure unlike any other because there are lots of exciting things to do in Edinburgh for you and your kids!

Wander down the medieval avenues of The Old Town towards the castle, which sits regally on the mound and is home to the Stone of Destiny and Crown Jewels, or soak up the atmosphere in the streets of New Town that are littered with restaurants and shops. See the world through a different lens at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions with its range of optical experiences guaranteed to change your viewpoint!

Older children will love discovering the dark depths of the dungeons on this Edinburgh family day out as live shows, actors and special effects bring this part of Scotland’s history to life in a jaw-dropping 80-minute show. The Museum of Childhood provides the perfect trip down memory lane for parents, whilst the treasure trail around the streets of the city is a family-friendly activity and an ideal way to explore somewhere new!

Back in Old Town the brave can join one of witchery tours. If you make it out alive, head back up the hill to the castle to practice your sword fighting on the battlements as you defend the city beneath you!

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 UK school holidays to help.

  1. The Edinburgh Treasure Trail Amazing Value

    The Edinburgh Treasure Trail

    Edinburgh

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.2 miles from Edinburgh
  2. Escape Hunt Edinburgh Family fun!

    Escape Hunt Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor, Outdoor 0.6 miles from Edinburgh
  3. Fountain on huntfun Edinburgh trail

    Huntfun Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 0.1 miles from Edinburgh
  4. City Sightseeing Edinburgh bus travelling

    City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Tour

    Edinburgh

    Tours and River CruisesTours 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.1 miles from Edinburgh
  5. Drop ride at The Edinburgh Dungeon

    The Edinburgh Dungeon

    Edinburgh

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

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

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (2 reviews)

    Suitable for 13+ Indoor 0.1 miles from Edinburgh
  6. Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

    Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre

    Edinburgh

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.2 miles from Edinburgh
  7. Character at The Real Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh

    The Real Mary Kings Close

    Edinburgh

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 0.2 miles from Edinburgh
  8. Entrance to Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

    Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.2 miles from Edinburgh
  9. Sign for Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh

    Museum on the Mound

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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....

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.3 miles from Edinburgh
  10. Edinburgh castle at night on Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

    Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

    Edinburgh

    Tours and River CruisesTours 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Outdoor 0.3 miles from Edinburgh
  11. Edinburgh Codebreaking Walk

    Edinburgh Codebreaking Walk

    Edinburgh

    Tours and River CruisesTours 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.3 miles from Edinburgh
  12. Guide and kids at Advocate's Close in Mercat Tours in Edinburgh

    Mercat Tours

    Edinburgh

    Tours and River CruisesTours 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.3 miles from Edinburgh
  13. Outside view of St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments in Edinburgh

    St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.3 miles from Edinburgh
  14. Exhibit at The People's Story Museum in Edinburgh

    The People's Story Museum

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.4 miles from Edinburgh
  15. Girl looking at threads at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh

    Dovecot Studios

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.4 miles from Edinburgh
  16. Kids by see-through ball at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    4 star rating Rating 4/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.4 miles from Edinburgh
  17. Staff dressed as dracula at The Cadies and Witchery Tours in Edinburgh

    The Cadies and Witchery Tours

    Edinburgh

    Tours and River CruisesTours 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!...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.4 miles from Edinburgh
  18. Sheep at National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

    National Museum of Scotland

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.4 miles from Edinburgh
  19. Staff in costume at The Museum of Edinburgh

    The Museum of Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.5 miles from Edinburgh
  20. Family at National War Museum in Edinburgh

    National War Museum

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.5 miles from Edinburgh

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