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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.

Find your perfect day out

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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