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

ODEON Cinema room

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...

Indoor mini golf course at Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow

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

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!...

Inside soft play frame at Monkey Madness Clydebank

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...

People playing laser tag at Lazer Planet Ultimate Laser Tag in Glasgow

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...

Indoor soft play area and cafe area at iPlay Clydebank

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...

Wind turbines at Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre in Eaglesham. Photo by Andy Dysart.

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...

Golf course at Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf in Clydebank

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...

Empire Cinema screen

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...

Field at Barshaw Park in Paisley

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...

Train at Kerr's Miniature Railway in Arbroath

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...

Steam train travelling at Heatherslaw Light Railway

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...

Visitors looking at exhibit at Clydebank Museum

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...

Outside view of Arbroath Signal Tower

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...

Kids under sprinklers in swimming pool at Swan Centre For Leisure in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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...

Swimming pools at Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley

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...

Highland cows at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle

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...

Kids running on a sandy beach

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...

Peas at East Yonderton Farm in Refrew

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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