Edinburgh is a wonderful place to visit with children.  The city is very easy to walk around, with interesting sights on almost every corner.

Highlights of the city include:

Walking the Royal Mile --Kids love to explore the various closes (alleys) between the Castle and Holyroodhouse.

Edinburgh Castle --Explore the castle and take in the great views.

Palace of Holyroodhouse --The palace is home to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they are in town.  At other times, it is open to the public. 

Holyrood Park --The largest park in Edinburgh and is situated behind Holyroodhouse.

Arthur's Seat --From the park, climb to the top of Arthur's Seat.  Take a picnic or snack up and enjoy the views.  This is a great way to let the kids burn off that extra energy.  

Outlook Tower and Camera Obscura --Kids love to check out the 1853 periscope at the top of Outlook Tower.  Guides will point out landmarks around the city as well.  Located at the base of the Castle on the Royal Mile.

Museum of Childhood --This museum is devoted to everything childhood.  You will find antique toys, games, an activity area, and various exhibits.  This museum is a magnet for children! Located on the Royal mile across from the John Knox House.

Scott Monument --Located in the East Princes Street Gardens.  This monument is Gothic-inspired and fascinating to explore.  Climb the almsot 300 steps to the top and enjoy the views.  Kids love to check out all the small figures carved into the monument.  In the spire, there is a seated statue of Sir Walter Scott along with his dog.  This is another great place to let the kids burn off energy via the stairs!

Princes Street Gardens - Below the Scott Monument you will see these gardens which are beautifully maintained and offer open space in the heart of the city.  They offer a refuge from the city streets where children can run about without the worry of traffic and parents can take some great pictures of some of the city's prime attractions.  The gardens are the focal point in some Edinburgh's festivals including Winter Wonderland.

Edinburgh Zoo --Located 10 minutes outside the city center.  There are over 1,500 animals and has the world's largest penguin exhibit.  If you are there from April thru September, be sure to catch the penguin parade each afternoon.

Military Tattoo and Edinburgh International Festival --Held the end of August each year.  The Tattoo is held in front of Edinburgh Castle.  Enjoy the marching by the British Army's Scottish regiments as well as other countries performers.  If you plan to visit Edinburgh during this time, be aware that hotels book up many months in advance.  Also, purchase tickets to events as soon as you know your travel dates.

For active kids/ teens try ice skating at Murrayfield, or indoor rock climbing at Ratho or Newhaven, or ten pin bowling at Fountain Park,  or the Corn ExchangeEdinburgh Bike Tours offer guided bike rides in and around the city for adults and for families with kids.

 Find out what's on for families with kids visiting the Edinburgh area.