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Edinburgh International Events
The Edinburgh International Festival is one of many festivals that take place in the beautiful vibrant city of Edinburgh. The festival is a world-class event, bringing in artists from all over the world, and follows the Edinburgh Fringe Festival eve... See more
National Museum of Scotland
#2 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
There is something for every age with galleries dedicated to children and those with interests ranging from jewellery, Scottish history, science, natural history, geology, medicine etc Excellent cafe and bistro Ve...
Excellent museum we loved it the tour guide was right to say how good it was the building is very impressive inside and the exhibits are fab and lots on interaction that my kids 8 and 16 loved, also recommend the...
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
#5 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
We loved camera Obscura, the illusions in all floors but most of all we loved the last floor where our guide showed us how the camera works!! Excellent view on the top also!! Highly recommended for family with kid...
That was absolutelly fantastic.My daughtres enjoyed a lot.Tottaly amazing view for Edinburgh from high on 6-th floor.We spend fantastic time inside.Very highly reccomended for families.Was great fun :-D
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Edinburgh Old Town
#4 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Always love a stroll into the old town, history all around, fun, great eats and educational for the whole family
Lovely views, great old buildings , perfect for long walks around the old town to get to know the city history , kids loved it .
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Royal Mile
#6 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Royal Mile... Fabulous location, brilliant bars and restaurants great vibe and buzz, Perfect for a night / day out with Family or Friends.
... at the other in between lots of sites to see, beautiful buildings, statues and near Holyrood palace you have dynamic earth, great place for kids, and the parliament nearby , also lovely walk round Arthur seat
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BobCat Alpacas
#10 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
... our friend along the way! Bob and Cat were lovely informative hosts and it made for a fantastic day trip and something a bit different to the usual Edinburgh activities, perfect for friends, couples and families.
... like to play in the grass and enjoy their day out as much as you do! Bob had great chat, very welcoming and you leave with loads of alpaca facts for friends and family!! ideal for friends or families of all ages!
Edinburgh Castle
#7 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
What a fantastic visit the whole family thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Castle the the cannon salute was fantastic with views of Edinburgh are breathtaking stop for a spot of lunch really great visit thorough...
you get great views over Edinburgh from castle lots of regiment museums exhibitions royal jewels the royal family old chambers a small church and lots more well worth a visit also cafes on site.
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
#29 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Great place for a day out Lots to see and do including children Beautiful landscaped gardens and amazing glass houses Very good restaurant and shop Free to look round just a charge for glass houses Great value.
The garden is very accessible and family friendly, there is a reasonable priced cafe serving a wide variety of delicious fresh cooked food - I recommend the soups, they are fantastic.
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Princes Street Gardens
#40 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
The beauty of Princes street gardens is unique, well kept gardens, many flowers in bloom, lawns perfect for the children to run around and play, a place to relax, and view the many beautiful buildings of the City
... kept grounds Well maintained and Credit to Edinburgh for beautiful gardens in a city center :) 10/10 Beautiful place for relaxing in the Sunshine with a picnic :) great for kids and safe to run about :) 10/10
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Pinnies & Poppy Seeds
#22 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
I popped into Pinnies for a last minute gift for my husband and kids on the way to the station after a weekend at The Fringe.
A treat for yourself or friends and family.
Royal Yacht Britannia
#3 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
A fantastic insight into the Royal Family Excellent audio commentary The Britannia is kept in fantastic condition and the photos and memorabilia are very interesting In addition the cafe offers a quality range of...
Wonderful to be able to walk around this incredible yacht (more like a shop actually!) - it's exceptionally curated and I was amazed to see just how simple the Royal Family lived on board.
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Holyrood Park
#28 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Wonderful for a family walk on a sunny, and plenty space for picnics and exercise.And for those who wish to hike up Arthur's Seat amazing views over the city.
Great to see how the royal family has lived through the centuries in a palace that is still in use on special occasions until today.
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Calton Hill
#39 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Its a very nice scenic spot to take good photos, as this place gives a birds eye view of Edinburgh city and its important locations, Old and new cities, sea view and Aurther's seat etc., Very easy to go with kids...
Lots of monuments around the hill,park for picnics or for children to play.and the most important great views to take photos of the city!! Once you are in Edinburgh definitely have to visit it!!!
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Edinburgh International Events
#23 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Performed by very talented children from Beijing Students Art Theatre, in beautiful traditional costumes, it tells the story of China through dance, song, music and theatre.
Entertainment ranges very widely from highbrow music and formally staged plays to fringe theatre acts to down to earth street performers for the kids and casual visitors in the daytime.
Inchcolm Abbey and Island South Queensferry
#25 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Beautiful wee island, kids loved it and it was a fabby day out!
We enjoyed the history of the Abbey very much and our kids enjoyed exploring the beaches.
Craigmillar Castle
#34 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Although a part ruin, there are plenty of interesting places within to explore, children and History Buffs will love it, great views to Arthur's Seat and the city.
Lovely Castle, as a family of four, 2 adults,2 children we love Historic places to visit and we love our castles, definitely worth a trip to here if you are staying in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
#44 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Fantastic facility for single or group climbing,The clip and climb is great fun for kids of all ages and the instructors are close by for any help and always happy to give advice on the best way to tackle the wall...
Clip & Climb - Brilliant family activity!!
Pentland Hills
#30 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Great for kids to explore, for having a picnic or sledging - it is for all seasons and varying degrees of fitness.
Amazing views and different every time we come up here, whether running or with the children.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
#17 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
The bands and dancers were fantastic with some great vocalists form the US army - really enjoyed the rifle drill from Norway and Jordan and the Imps motorcycle team did some amazing things for some very young kids.
Another fantastic show this year again, Kids on the motor cycles were fun, Bands were amazing , Light show and fire works were brilliant too, Recommended book your tickets very early as they sell out monthes in ad...
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Portobello Beach
#78 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
The natural beauty!! Amazing place to have a fun with friends and family!
Family friendly, great promenade for walking, baby carriages, dog walking, runners, restaurants, cafes and even a grocery store on one of the side streets.
The Meadows
#83 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Beautiful, expansive green space that was clipped and full of Fringe Festival-goers and local families with children and dogs, lovely in August, most likely stunning in the spring.
There are also tennis courts, kids playground and shops at one end.
Cramond Village
#68 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
A relaxing beach, a nice walk out on the causeway at low tide, people with kids and dogs, a local bistro with outside dining and reasonably priced, lots of sea birds and ducks in the estuary, and an pretty walk up...
There were plenty of families with children as well as dog walkers and if you allow yourself enough time you can explore the whole island.
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Jupiter Artland
#53 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Perfect place for all ages, easy to walk as much or as little as you want, kids safe to run around and enjoy being outside whilst adults can appreciate and experience the art.
Went past this place last summer by chance... Took our children who loved the art gallery, animals but best of all the sculptured garden work perfect for weddings I would assume ,beautiful setting and really somet...
Water of Leith Walkway
#54 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Perfect place to sleep on the grass, enjoy the swans in the water, kids on their cycles and many sights that make beautiful memories of having a good day
From Stockbridge, we made our way towards the Botanical gardens passing families and dogs on walks.
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Museum on the Mound
#64 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
... all the different notes, coins, bank cards, cheque books etc., on display was fascinating and there was a few different activities as well - we became big children and participated in them all of course, haha!
This museum was a pleasant surprise, free entry, it is great for couples or the families, it was really interesting and informative, we were there around 1 and half hours, it is worth going to see, tells you all a...
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Dynamic Earth
#63 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
This is a must visit for families with children under 10! Fabulous interactive activities keep children engaged and of course it is extremely educational even for some adults!
Great place, great value for money and very educational but good fun too, its hard to keep kids interested sometimes but they were fascinated at dynamic earth.
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Edinburgh Trams
#81 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Trams are every few minutes, spotlessly clean and ticket inspectors were very helpful to newbie - tram users on our first day and very friendly and made particular effort with the children on all our trips.
Clean, Modern, Fairly Priced, Family Friendly, Secure, WIFI on board, 30 minutes from airport all the way to Center City to York Place.
Edinburgh Zoo
#98 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Great family day out, plenty to do and see! Very reasonable price too for what you get, definitely one of the best zoo's in the UK along with Chester Zoo and South Lakes Sarfari Park!
This is a great Zoo. the pandas are the real attraction but Koalas, great penguin area, Tigers and Monkeys were also great, with lots of play areas for the kids.
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Blackness Castle
#38 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Lovely day here today and I would recommend a visit helpful and informative staff.. great day especially the monument manager who took special care with the kids
... it for its connection with the recent blockbuster TV series Outlander.. it has some great views from the ramparts and there seemed to be loads of families enjoying a spring picnic on the beach just behind it..
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Dean Village
#41 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
Had a walk by the water of Leith as heading towards Stockbridge market on a sunny Sunday, very popular with walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, children, beautiful scenery, and Picturesque buildings , recommend a walk...
We didn't find a lot of information about the buildings or the area, but we enjoyed the walk along the Leith way, watching locals walking the dogs and families out for a Sunday stroll.
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Museum of Childhood
#96 of 450 things to do in Edinburgh
This is such a cute nostalgic museum filled with old toys and games that will make you reminisce about your own childhood and give you a fascinating insight into how other generations of children played.
Great museum takes you right back to your childhood and most interesting to see even further back in time, great for the whole family.