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Edinburgh Kids Attractions

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Children’s Attractions in Edinburgh

This can be a challenging thing to do on any holiday but Edinburgh really is a child-friendly place, with plenty of things to do to keep kids amused.


Why not visit Edinburgh Zoo and catch the lunch time penguin parade? The famous Edinburgh Pandas! Or the birds of prey displays? Or informative talks on creepy crawlies from exotic lands? A truly great day out for all the family and only a short bus ride or walk from the hotels. Find out more.


Visit the Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile for hours of smiles and laughter. The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a ‘must’ on any visit to Edinburgh and easily accessible from Dunstane Hotels. Find out more


Deep Sea World, what an amazing family attraction in Edinburgh!  Just across the Forth Road Bridge in South Queensferry you can walk at the bottom of the sea in Deep Sea World’s underwater tunnel watch the seals at the seal sanctuary, go diving with the sharks, stingrays and tropical fish , but above all, be sure to watch out for their special dates when they feature their very own mermaid!


The National Museum of Scotland is a great place to kick start an interactive history lesson about all aspects of Scottish History. With exhibitions ranging from the early settling Scots right through to the development of industry and technology your kids will be thrilled with the range of exciting exhibits available. Close to the main Old Town attractions such as the Castle and the Royal Mile.


The Edinburgh Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people.  Each year this Festival presents the a selection of shows from Scotland and around the world to captivate children and adults of every age. Find out more


The Edinburgh International Science Festival is a high profile and dynamic educational charity. Each year it delivers one of Europe’s largest Science Festivals; a primary school education programme which tours across Scotland and a variety of international projects including its role as Major Programme Partner for the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. Find out more


Dynamic Earth is just a short stroll down the Royal Mile and is an greatly popular attraction which tells the story of our extraordinary planet’s past, present and future. Your kids will love exploring the many exhibits such as Dynamic Earth’s Time Machine and Future Dome.  It is a natural accompaniment to Edinburgh’s Science Festival and Childs Imaginate Programs. Find out more


Enjoy a fun family walk up Arthur’s Seat.  Climb Edinburgh’s extinct volcano and enjoy views of Edinburgh.  The easiest path up this 822 ft. high mound is to start on the eastern side at Dunsapie Loch. From the top, you can see for miles, including the spectacular Firth of Forth and our castle.


Princes Street Gardens, which in historic Edinburgh was the cities moat for Edinburgh Castle.  The filthy waters were drained in the 17th century to make way for these now stunning gardens. Climb up the 200-foot Scott Monument to Sir Walter Scott for a stunning view of the city right next to the National Gallery of Scotland look for the floral clock, on the quarter hour a “cuckoo” appears.


The Museum of Childhood is heaven for toddlers!  Noted as the “museum with the most toys” and also “the noisiest museum in the world” this really is a museum with a difference.  This Edinburgh Museum offers a treasure of objects telling of childhoods past and present.  There are plenty of toys and games from all parts of the world ranging from dolls and teddy bears to train sets and tricycles. Find out more


Holyrood Park encompasses 650 acres of natural wonder next to Holyrood palace which was the official residence of Queen Elizabeth while in Edinburgh.  It was founded by James IV in 1498 and was where Mary Queen of Scots’ secretary David Riccio was murdered.  Find out more

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