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Discover the Best Things to do in Edinburgh with Kids

Edinburgh is a vibrant and historic city that has something to offer everyone, including families with kids. From exploring historic landmarks to experiencing interactive museums and enjoying outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city, and it is especially exciting for kids. The castle sits on top of a hill overlooking the city, and its impressive architecture and rich history make it a fascinating place to explore. Kids will love the opportunity to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and the famous One O’Clock Gun.

The Edinburgh Zoo is a great place for families to spend a day out. Kids can see animals from all over the world, including pandas, penguins, and tigers. There are also plenty of activities and events throughout the year, including feeding sessions and animal encounters.

Another superb thing to do in Edinburgh with kids is to experience Dynamic Earth! Dynamic Earth is an interactive museum that takes visitors on a journey through the history of the Earth. Kids can explore the museum’s exhibits, which include a 4D cinema experience, interactive displays, and hands-on activities. The museum is located at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, a popular spot for family walks and picnics.

Camera Obscura is a unique attraction that offers visitors a chance to see the city from a new perspective. The camera obscura itself is a fascinating optical device that projects a 360-degree view of the city onto a large screen, and there are also plenty of other interactive exhibits and illusions to explore.

Other things to do in Edinburgh with kids include a visit to Deep Sea World, exploring Holyrood Park and basking in the sunshine atĀ Portobello Beach!

DiscoverĀ the best things to do in Edinburgh with kids below…

  • Vortex Tunnel in Camera Obscura World of Illusions
    Image Credits: Christian Michelides - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Royal Mile
    EH1 2ND

    0131 226 3709

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions offer five floors packed with interactive displays and optical illusions! This quirky is the perfect attraction for families seeking a fun-filled excursion in the heart of Edinburgh.  

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  • Mother and Son at aquarium

    Deep Sea World

    Battery Quay
    Forthside Terrace
    North Queensferry
    KY11 1JR

    01383 411880

    This aquarium is an educational yet captivating day out for all the family. Offering accessible facilities, exciting experiences and 12 exhibits; visiting Deep Sea World is a must.

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  • Dynamic Earth Edinburgh
    Image Credits: John Mason - CC BY 2.0

    Dynamic Earth

    Holyrood Road
    EH8 8AS


    Dynamic Earth is a non-profit science hub and attraction sitting on the outskirts of Holyrood Park. This intriguing place is Scotland’s biggest interactive attraction, making for a great family day out!

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

    EH1 2NG

    0131 225 9846

    Sat atop of Castle Rock, overlooking the skyline of the historic city of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish attraction, the site of which dates back to at least the Iron Age.

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  • Penguins in Edinburgh Zoo

    Edinburgh Zoo

    Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
    134 Corstorphine Rd
    EH12 6TS

    01313 349171

    One for the animal lovers, Edinburgh Zoo comprises an 82-acre area packed with animals and experiences. During your visit, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to view a variety of animals, from penguins to koalas.

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  • Holyrood Park Edinburgh

    Holyrood Park

    Queen's Drive
    EH8 8HG


    This splendid parkland is the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy hikes and bike rides amidst scenic views. Glens, lochs and cliffs await discovery, as well as a free exhibition.

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  • Eyam Museum

    National Museum of Scotland

    Chambers St
    EH1 1JF

    0300 123 6789

    Spend a day having endless fun whilst learning about the captivating history of Scotland, from dinosaurs to archaeology.

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  • Portobello Beach Edinburgh

    Portobello Beach

    1 Promenade
    United Kingdom
    EH15 1DT

    Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach rests to the northwest of the city centre. Offering families a traditional seaside outing, the beach backs onto a lengthy promenade and offers panoramic views of the North Sea.

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  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Palm House
    Image Credits: Ham - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Arboretum Place
    EH3 5NZ

    0131 248 2909

    The renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a 70-acre estate sitting near the heart of Edinburgh. If you love plants of any kind; this needs to be on your itinerary!

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  • Underground tunnel

    The Edinburgh Dungeon

    31 Market Street
    EH1 1DF


    Learn about Edinburgh’s sinister history with an immersive tour of The Edinburgh Dungeon. Suitable for children 8 years and above, this unique and eerie experience makes for a memorable activity for all!

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