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.

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Staff in weaving cottage at Sma Shott Cottages in Paisley

Sma Shott Cottages

  • Paisley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist 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...

Exhibitions at The Observatory in Paisley

The Observatory

  • Paisley
  • Indoor
  • Tourist 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...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Pandamonium Play Centre in Erskine

Pandamonium Play Centre

  • Erskine
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The luxuriantly jungle themed play area is split into 2 designated areas, those being a gated under 3s' section and a much bigger over 3s' section. T...

Trees at Gleniffer Braes Country Park in Paisley

Gleniffer Braes Country Park

  • Paisley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Glennifer Braes has the following attractions and activities. Recreation: Woodland walks, wonderful views, peace and quiet, wide open spaces, moorlan...

Horse in stable at Lamont City Farm in Erskine

Lamont Farm Project

  • Erskine
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Animal welfare is at the heart of Lamont Farm Project , where animals are rescued and, where possible, rehomed. However if a suitable home can’t be f...

Outside view of Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

  • Sanquhar
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum tells of life in the past in Sanquhar. Discover the tolbooth jail to see what life was like for the criminals of Sanquhar. T...

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