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Best Tourist Attractions In Edinburgh

We've rounded up the best tourist attractions in Edinburgh in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 46 Edinburgh tourist attractions to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including museums and art galleries. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the tourist attractions we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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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...

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...

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...

Palace of Holyroodhouse5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen and stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat...



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The Royal Yacht Britannia5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty’s floating royal residence with a trip to The Royal Yacht Britannia! Home to Her Majesty The Queen a...

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

  • Dunfermline
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Visit the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline to discover the fascinating life story of the famous 19th century philanthropist. Find out...

Linlithgow Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Linlithgow
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

In all your days as super spies, your brood may never have come across a plot quite so fiendish! Crack the case and save the day on the Linlithgow Sp...

Linlithgow Palace

  • Linlithgow
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Linlithgow Palace is a ruin now but magnificent none the less and set in a park beside a loch with walks you can download and nearby play parks to ex...

Lochleven Castle

  • Kinross
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Lochleven Castle offers a pleasant boat ride over to the castle proper which is steeped in significant history that'll get kids' imaginations running...

North Berwick Mystery Treasure Trail

  • North Berwick
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Go on a captivating adventure around North Berwick with the North Berwick Mystery Treasure Trail. Call out on the budding detectives in your family,...

Peebles Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Peebles
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Peebles self-guided themed Treasure Trail is the ideal activity for children and parents to enjoy together. Can you and the kids get into charact...

Falkirk Wheel

  • Falkirk
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

A trip to Falkirk Wheel should be on every day out “to do list”. With endless activities on offer, this outdoor adventure is certain to keep everyone...

John Muirs Birthplace

  • Dunbar
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

John Muir’s Birthplace is an award winning museum dedicated to the life of the pioneering conservationist. Discover how the boy born in this house we...

The Carmichael Visitor Centre

  • Biggar
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Carmichael Visitor Centre features the former Edinburgh Wax Model Collection showing Scotlands history in a unique way. There is also an adventur...

New Lanark World Heritage Site

  • New Lanark
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Take an educational trip to Lanark World Heritage Site - a fully restored 18th-century cotton mill village, open for you to explore.  A UNESCO World...

The St Andrews Treasure Trail

  • St Andrews
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Become a pirate for the day as you explore on the St Andrews self guided themed Treasure Trail. This completely self guided adventure provides everyt...

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