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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. Indoor mini golf course at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow

    Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow

    Glasgow

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    As they say at Paradise Island Golf Glasgow, ‘Forget Crazy Golf - this is Adventure Golf!’ That much is obvious as you tour 28,000 sq. ft of playing...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 46.2 miles from Edinburgh
  2. Tenpin Glasgow

    Tenpin Glasgow

    Braehead

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    There’s no such thing as ‘bored’ at Tenpin Glasgow. With Cosmic Bowling, arcade games and loads more, the problem will be deciding what to do first!...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 46.2 miles from Edinburgh
  3. Inside soft play frame at Monkey Madness Clydebank

    Monkey Madness Clydebank

    Clydebank

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Monkey Madness is a fun adventure play facility great for exercise, entertainment and making new friends. Or racing around with old ones! There are 4...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 47 miles from Edinburgh
  4. People playing laser tag at Lazer Planet Ultimate Laser Tag in Glasgow

    Lazer Planet Ultimate Laser Tag

    Glasgow

    Laser TagLaser Tag

    Lazer Planet Ultimate Laser Tag offers great family entertainment, suitable for everyone aged 6 to 96! It's zero impact and there's no running or cli...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 47 miles from Edinburgh
  5. Indoor soft play area and cafe area at iPlay Clydebank

    iPlay Clydebank

    Clydebank

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    iPlay Clydebank offers a neat adventure frame for 5 to 12 year olds packed full of classic soft play features running the full gamut from slides and...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 47 miles from Edinburgh
  6. Wind turbines at Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre in Eaglesham. Photo by Andy Dysart.

    Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

    Eaglesham

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Just 20 minutes from central Glasgow, Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre  has lots to offer for visitors of all ages. A lot of these include families o...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 47 miles from Edinburgh
  7. Golf course at Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf in Clydebank

    Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf

    Clydebank

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Jurassic fun for the whole family! Investigate the 18 hole adventure golf course, but beware all contact has been lost with the compound. Nothing but...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 47.1 miles from Edinburgh
  8. Empire Cinema screen

    Empire Cinema Clydebank

    Clydebank

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    The cinema has always been a classic day out and boasting 10 screens, Empire Cinema in Clydebank is a great place to introduce your little ones to th...

    Suitable for Indoor 47.2 miles from Edinburgh
  9. Field at Barshaw Park in Paisley

    Barshaw Park

    Paisley

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Barshaw Park has a wide variety of facilities to suit all age groups. Walled garden: consists of herbaceous and shrub borders and provides plenty of...

    3 star rating Rating 3/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 47.3 miles from Edinburgh
  10. Train at Kerr's Miniature Railway in Arbroath

    Kerr's Miniature Railway

    Arbroath

    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway and Transport Attractions

    Kerr's Miniature Railway has 6 engines with two being steam! The steam engines only run on a Sunday and if the sun is out, but are a great treat for...

    Suitable for 0-12 Outdoor 47.3 miles from Edinburgh
  11. Steam train travelling at Heatherslaw Light Railway

    Heatherslaw Light Railway

    Cornhill-on-Tweed

    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway and Transport Attractions

    Aside from being the most northerly known steam railway in England, Heatherslaw Light Railway is also terrifically adaptive to the weather: with full...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 47.4 miles from Edinburgh
  12. Visitors looking at exhibit at Clydebank Museum

    Clydebank Museum

    Clydebank

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Clydebank Museum is a museum with permanent exhibitions including large model ships and exhibitions concentrating on Clydebanks proud industrial heri...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 47.5 miles from Edinburgh
  13. Outside view of Arbroath Signal Tower

    Arbroath Signal Tower

    Arbroath

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Arbroath Signal Tower At Arbroath Signal Tower you can find out about the fascinating history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and visit the outhouse to h...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 47.6 miles from Edinburgh
  14. Kids under sprinklers in swimming pool at Swan Centre For Leisure in Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Swan Centre For Leisure

    Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    The Swan Centre offers a freeform shallow pool for the smaller kids plus a nice 25m main swimming pool which includes a tube style flume slide and a...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 47.9 miles from Edinburgh
  15. Swimming pools at Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley

    Lagoon Leisure Centre

    Paisley

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Treat yourselves to a trip to Lagoon Leisure Centre and you'll find a tropical leisure pool experience regardless of what the actual weather is doing...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 48.2 miles from Edinburgh
  16. Highland cows at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

    Aberfoyle

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle previously known as David Marshall Lodge, offers ranger led events, which occur throughout the year. The...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor 48.5 miles from Edinburgh
  17. Peas at East Yonderton Farm in Refrew

    East Yonderton Farm

    Renfrew

    Children's FarmsChildren's Farms

    East Yonderton is a fantastic little place in Renfrewshire where you can pick your own fresh soft fruit during the summer. The farm has been around s...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 48.6 miles from Edinburgh
  18. Doon Hill Fairy Walk

    Doon Hill Fairy Walk

    Aberfoyle

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Come and visit the mystical Scottish Highlands and search for fairies on the Doon Hill Fairy Walk. Long, long ago there was a man named Reverend Kirk...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 48.7 miles from Edinburgh
  19. Staff in weaving cottage at Sma Shott Cottages in Paisley

    Sma Shott Cottages

    Paisley

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Sma Shott Cottages The Sma' Shot Cottage complex is unique in Scotland, providing visitors with the opportunity to see two distinct periods in Paisle...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 48.7 miles from Edinburgh
  20. Exhibitions at The Observatory in Paisley

    The Observatory

    Paisley

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    The Observatory Gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow Architect John Honeyman, Coats Observatory opened in 1883 and...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 48.9 miles from Edinburgh

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