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Things to see and do with kids in Edinburgh

The historic city of Edinburgh is brimming with old castles and fascinating sights that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Kids love Edinburgh's spooky aspects; the castle alone could fill a whole day with excitement.

An outing to the Royal Yacht Brittania or a visit to the many animals at the Edinburgh Zoo can be appreciated by the whole family. A picnic and Frisbee session in the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden for some fresh air and sunshine is another lovely way to spend a day. For an educational excursion, visit the Museum of Edinburgh to soak up the history of this famous city, or venture to Our Dynamic Earth which will astound the little ones and get them thinking about their place in the grand scheme of things.

When skies are grey and outdoor attractions are not an option, take the kids to discover some aquatic animals at the Deep Sea World Aquarium, or make use of indoor playgrounds such as the one in Edinburgh Park, Happy Castle Play Centre or Time Twisters. Another real highlight for kids (and often their parents too) is the Edinburgh Dungeon.



Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

Like the London and York Dungeons, the Edinburgh Dungeon gives a graphic and spine-chilling look into Edinburgh's history. The dungeon employs every trick in the book to scare the life out of its visitors, and it does a pretty good job of it....  see full details



Giant Panda at Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Featuring a wonderful variety of cute and exotic animals, children will be absolutely thrilled with a visit to the Edinburgh Zoo. It also offers younger visitors a Kids Zone where they can do puzzles, meet new additions to the zoo, find out about...  see full details



Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood

When travelling to Edinburgh with children, a trip to the Museum of Childhood is an absolute must and a favourite with both adults and children. It contains wonderful displays, featuring toys from the past and present from all around the world, as well...  see full details



Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth

Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's beautiful Salisbury Crags, this science centre is a fabulous attraction for children of all ages and adults alike, and aims to educate and inspire visitors to think about our planet and its evolution. Our Dynamic Earth takes visitors...  see full details