20 Best Things To Do In Edinburgh Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Edinburgh

Get ready for an adventure unlike any other with all the exciting things to do in Edinburgh for you and your kids!

Whether you wander down the medieval avenues of The Old Town towards the Edinburgh Castle, or if you decide to pay a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen, you’ll have a whole lot of fantastic, historic, family attractions to explore. In fact, here’s a list of the 11 best history days out in Edinburgh, as recommended by our trusted explorer Trish. 

Speaking about top attractions, Edinburgh is also home to Edinburgh Zoo, the only place where you can see pandas in the UK and one of the best zoos in the UK; plus Dalkeith Country Park, proud owner of one of UK’s top adventure playgrounds. For even more adventure play, take your little ones to The Yard, it’s a wonderful inclusive family attraction, designed for people with disabilities and young kids. 

Up for some science fun? You’ll find lots of weird and wonderful exhibits at  Dynamic Earth and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. If you’re after a little trip down memory lane though, at the Museum of Childhood Edinburgh you’ll be able to rediscover some of the toys of the old days with your kids. 

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 Edinburgh school holiday dates to help.

Find your perfect day out

Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle5 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...

Aerial view of Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh

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...

Girl playing in sand pit at The Yard Edinburgh

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...

Girls with crowns at Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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 Cinema room

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...

People painting at Doodles Ceramics Workshop in Edinburgh

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...

Indoor soft play frame at Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers in Edinburgh

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...

Autumn at RBGE and John Hope Gateway in Edinburgh

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...

Tenpin Edinburgh

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...

Family enjoys Foodies Festival

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...

Mascots outside Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh

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

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...

Landscape of Meadows and Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh

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...

Toddler soft play area at Clown Around Indoor Play Centre in Edinburgh

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...

Baby goat at Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh

Gorgie City Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Edinburgh
  • Outdoor
  • Children'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....

Logo at Maddie and Marks Play Town in Edinburgh

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...

Man climbing at Alien Rock in Edinburgh

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...

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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...

Outside view of The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh

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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