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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. 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
  2. Aerial view of Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh

    Dynamic Earth

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.6 miles from Edinburgh
  3. Girl playing in sand pit at The Yard Edinburgh

    Sunday Funday at The Yard Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 0.6 miles from Edinburgh
  4. Girls with crowns at Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Edinburgh

    Castles and PalacesCastles 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 0.7 miles from Edinburgh
  5. ODEON Cinema room

    ODEON Edinburgh Lothian Road

    Edinburgh

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.8 miles from Edinburgh
  6. People painting at Doodles Ceramics Workshop in Edinburgh

    Doodles Ceramics Workshop

    Edinburgh

    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 1.1 miles from Edinburgh
  7. Indoor soft play frame at Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers in Edinburgh

    Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers

    Edinburgh

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 1.2 miles from Edinburgh
  8. Autumn at RBGE and John Hope Gateway in Edinburgh

    RBGE and John Hope Gateway

    Edinburgh

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 1.2 miles from Edinburgh
  9. Tenpin Edinburgh

    Tenpin Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 1.3 miles from Edinburgh
  10. Family enjoys Foodies Festival

    Inverleith Park

    Edinburgh

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 1.3 miles from Edinburgh
  11. Mascots outside Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh

    Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 1.3 miles from Edinburgh
  12. Cineworld Edinburgh

    Cineworld Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 1.4 miles from Edinburgh
  13. Landscape of Meadows and Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh

    Meadows and Bruntfield Links

    Edinburgh

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 1.6 miles from Edinburgh
  14. Toddler soft play area at Clown Around Indoor Play Centre in Edinburgh

    Clown Around Indoor Play Centre

    Edinburgh

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 1.6 miles from Edinburgh
  15. Baby goat at Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh

    Gorgie City Farm

    Edinburgh

    Children's FarmsChildren's Farms

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

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 1.8 miles from Edinburgh
  16. Logo at Maddie and Marks Play Town in Edinburgh

    Oceanplay

    Edinburgh

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 1.9 miles from Edinburgh
  17. Man climbing at Alien Rock in Edinburgh

    Alien Rock

    Edinburgh

    ClimbingClimbing

    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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 1.9 miles from Edinburgh
  18. Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

    Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal

    Edinburgh

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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,...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 1.9 miles from Edinburgh
  19. The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay

    The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay

    Edinburgh

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 2 miles from Edinburgh
  20. Outside view of The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh

    The Royal Yacht Britannia

    Edinburgh

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 2 miles from Edinburgh

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