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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian

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

ODEON Braehead

  • Renfrew
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

The latest releases, animated adventures and a few classic movies are all part of your kids’ cinematic education, so take your pick at ODEON Braehead...

Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow

  • Glasgow
  • Indoor
  • Crazy 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...

Tenpin Glasgow

  • Braehead
  • Indoor
  • Ten 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!...

Monkey Madness Clydebank

  • Clydebank
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

Lazer Planet Ultimate Laser Tag

  • Glasgow
  • Indoor
  • Laser 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...

iPlay Clydebank

  • Clydebank
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

  • Eaglesham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist 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...

Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf

  • Clydebank
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy 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...



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Empire Cinema Clydebank

  • Clydebank
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas 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...

Barshaw Park3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Paisley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Kerr's Miniature Railway

  • Arbroath
  • Outdoor
  • Railway 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...

Heatherslaw Light Railway

  • Cornhill-on-Tweed
  • Outdoor
  • Railway 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...

Clydebank Museum

  • Clydebank
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

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

Arbroath Signal Tower

  • Arbroath
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

Swan Centre For Leisure

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

Lagoon Leisure Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Paisley
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

  • Aberfoyle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Spittal Beach

  • Spittal
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Got little animal lovers? Head down to Spittal Beach in Northumberland, a great sandy beach where it’s often possible to spot seals bobbing about in...

East Yonderton Farm

  • Renfrew
  • Outdoor
  • Children'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...

Doon Hill Fairy Walk

  • Aberfoyle
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

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