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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.

Find your perfect day out

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...

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...

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 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...

The Edinburgh Dungeon4.5 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...

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...

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...

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...



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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....

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
  • 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

Edinburgh Castle4.5 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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