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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

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...

Dynamic Earth

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

There isn’t anything more diverse or fascinating than the weird and wonderful world we live in, which is what you’ll discover at Dynamic Earth. The t...

Sunday Funday at The Yard Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Yard, Edinburgh is home to adventure and play for disabled children and young people. It’s a wonderful resource of emotional and practical suppor...

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...

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...

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...

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...

RBGE and John Hope Gateway

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and the John Hope Gateway there are a whopping 70 acres of amazing gardens here to explore, including (but n...



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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...

Inverleith Park

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Just a little north of Edinburgh city centre, Inverleigh Park is a hub for sports, strolls and enjoying some rare sunshine. This well-loved park boas...

Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kids will love Wonder World Soft Play in Edinburgh . Chock-full of surprises, from go-karts to a huge volcano, this soft play is themed around the wo...

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...

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...

Clown Around Indoor Play Centre

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Clown Around Indoor Play Centre the multi-level play structure is excellent for kids 3 to 10 and is packed with all the fun physical play features...

LOVE Gorgie Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

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

Oceanplay

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Rock the boat for this day out at Oceanplay, Edinburgh. Let your kids earn their sea legs at a soft play centre that’s all about the big blue sea. Wa...

Alien Rock

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Alien Rock, indoor climbing! Discover the thrill and excitement of climbing walls up to 10 meters high! Try climbing the multi-coloured holds up the...

Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

If your little ones have a vivid imagination, then this is definitely something they'll love. Jump into movie magic at Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal,...

The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay Brewers Fayre is a typical pub - play gym combo attached to The Meadows Brewers Fayre family friendly pub. There is a...

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...

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