FEATURE – 16 Things to do with kids in Edinburgh in 2016

Visit the fantastic Camera Obscura

Visit the fantastic Camera Obscura

Live in Edinburgh and dreading the next school break already? Visiting Edinburgh with your children? Here’s some of our suggestions that come with our full recommendation.

1. Visit the excellent Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile.  Allow the kids to explore and learn on this very hands-on tourist attraction. Adults will also love the exhibits and the wonderful views of Edinburgh.

2. Explore Gilmerton Cove, is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers that lie below ground to the south of Gilmerton crossroads.

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

3. Explore the National Museum on Chambers Street and be sure to visit the 7th floor roof garden for spectacular views of the Edinburgh skyline, including the castle.

4.  Pay a visit to Dr Neil’s Garden in Duddingston and pretend it’s a secret wonderland.   FREE.

Dr Neil's Garden

Dr Neil’s Garden

5.  Use up energy by climbing to the top of the Scott Monument and enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh. Get children to count every one of the 287 steps. (£5 admission with free certificate).

6.  Explore underground Edinburgh at the Real Mary King’s Close. Perfect activity in any weather!

The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close

7. Go squirrel hunting the Botanical Gardens.  Arm the family with some nuts and hunt out the squirrels and feed them.  FREE

Botanics squirrel

Botanics squirrel

8.  Visit an ancient castle. We love Craigmillar Castle as you can climb all over it and explore every nook and cranny.

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

9.  Pay a visit to Gorgie City Farm. The goats, pigs, sheep and other animals will keep youngsters amused for hours.  FREE

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm

10. Visit the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile and show the little ones toys from years ago. FREE

11. Ever seen a million pounds?  You can at the Museum on the Mound as well as seeing what used to be used as money.  The museum often run workshops for children in the summer holidays. FREE

12.  Admire the swans at St Margaret’s Loch and then walk around Arthur’s Seat.  Point out areas of Edinburgh to the children and get them to spot buildings such as Edinburgh Castle and Easter Road football stadium. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, you could also walk to the top! FREE

13. Walk up Calton Hill and soak in the views of Edinburgh. Look southwards and try to spot Holyrood Palace. You also get a perfect view of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags.  Sit on the Portugese Cannon and climb the Athenian acropolis. FREE.

View from Nelson Monument

View from Nelson Monument

14. Whilst you’re up Calton Hill, you can visit the Nelson Monument and climb to the top for unrivaled 360 degree views of Edinburgh.

Shetland pony

Shetland pony

15. Visit the Shetland ponies at Braehead Park. See these beautiful creatures up close. The River Almond walkway is adjacent and there’s a bridge perfect for playing pooh sticks.

16. Take a trip to Edinburgh Zoo.  It’s a firm favourite of ours. Read about our visit to see the Pandas.

Pandas at the zoo

Pandas at the zoo

 

Outdoor spaces

There are many more activities suitable for children in Edinburgh including walking and/or playing in one of the city’s green spaces. Pack a picnic and keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

View from the Scott Monument in summer